Director, Office of Adult Mental Health
Director, Office of Adult Mental HealthState of Georgia
Atlanta, GA 30334
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is the state agency that focuses solely on policies, programs, and services for people with mental health challenges, substance use disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, or any combination of these. As Georgia’s public safety net, DBHDD operates six field offices and five hospitals throughout the state within three program areas: behavioral health, developmental disabilities and hospital services.
The main office for DBHDD is located in downtown Atlanta.
Job Title: Director, Office of Adult Mental Health
Pay Grade: SE
Under administrative direction of the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health, the Adult Mental Health Director is responsible for the coordination of Adult Mental Health Services statewide. The Director for the Office of Adult Mental Health is a senior management position within DBHDD, charged with oversight of the community-based array of adult mental health supports and services statewide. This position is accountable to plan, direct, operationalize and manage statewide adult mental health services, and in that capacity provide programmatic leadership, serve as a subject matter expert, drive policy and program development and support statewide service delivery and coordination for all adult mental health community-based services.
This position requires significant interaction with staff within the state system, regional field offices, community partners, DBHDD hospitals, community providers, Georgia Crisis & Access Line, advocacy groups, regional boards, and other governmental agencies.
Office of Office of Adult Mental Health Responsibilities:
- Management of a multi-million-dollar budget that includes state allocation and federal grant funds.
- Contract management to ensure provider compliance with guidelines, standards, procedures
- Development of procurements (RFP, RFQ, SON) and process facilitation
- Oversight of statewide fidelity monitoring and compliance process for evidence-based fidelity programs
- Development and management of new initiatives implementation and monitoring to address AMH service gaps and needs
- Ensure and manage ongoing programmatic compliance with United States Department of Justice vs. State of Georgia Americans with Disabilities Act Settlement Agreement for adult community mental health (settlement) services
- Build consensus and drive change through development and maintenance of inter-agency, multi-system collaboration and partnerships
- Represent the state mental health authority, develop, and maintain collaboration with contracted providers, advocates, stakeholders
- Inter-departmental collaboration on strategic initiatives for programmatic operations and compliance
- Policy interpretation, development, revision, and management, including policy waiver management
- Legislative review for behavioral health legislature and public policy
- Active management of service array, including intervention and coordination w/ complex cases
- Interview and hire new staff, promote team cohesion, address performance issues, lead, manage, coach team members
- Collaborate with other offices to support provider network management and quality service delivery, including correction action planning, and mortality review.
Position Summary / Skill Set / Core Competencies
Supervision of all the operational and programmatic activities that fall within the scope of the Office of Adult Mental Health. This includes but not limited to the development, implementation, and oversight, programmatic/contractual and fiscal oversight for the full array of comprehensive community adult mental health intensive, non-intensive, programs, services, and supports. For example: Intensive case management, assertive community treatment, community support team, supported employment, community residential rehabilitation, crisis respite apartment, mobile crisis response service, psychiatric community inpatient, crisis stabilization unit, behavioral health crisis center, forensic peer mentor, mental health accountability court, enhanced assisted outpatient treatment, co-responder, and consolidated transportation.
- Excellent leadership/management/analytical and critical thinking skills supported by a detailed and structured thought process.
- The ability to overcome challenges/obstacles with strong problem-solving skillset
- The ability to multi-task, work in a fast-paced changing environment and continue to drive deliverables/results/outcomes.
- The ability to build relationships, credibility and ultimately trust in a changing healthcare environment with exceptional verbal and written communication/presentation skills.
Preferred Qualifications and Core Competencies
- Professional level Quality Management/Utilization Management experience
- Demonstrated project management skills & knowledge of behavioral health service design models
- Experience in service systems being transitioned from facility-based to community-based models
- Proven knowledge of large health care program execution and delivery.
- Training and consultation experience in quality management and performance improvement methodologies.
- Clinical Experience and/or licensure in Social Work, Professional Counseling or Marriage/Family therapy etc.
- Demonstrated ability to anticipate issues, formulate remedial action and manage/oversee remediation through completion. Proven ability to identify and address risks.
- Proven ability to collaborate effectively with stakeholders (individuals/families, Legislators, inter and intra-agency staff, providers, advocacy groups, etc.) and demonstrated ability to drive for and achieve consensus.
A master’s degree or higher. Preferred degree fields are Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Public Health, Public Administration, Healthcare, Education, or other Social Service areas of study.
Required Experience: 10 or more years of management and leadership experience of complex budgets, people, programs, and contracts.
Preferred Experience: Master’s Degree or Higher in psychology, social work, counseling education, or related. Fully licensed professionals (Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, etc.) Significant previous experience working with culturally diverse populations. Strong working knowledge of healthcare systems specifically Behavioral Health and Community Resources.
In addition to a competitive salary & benefits, GA Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is part of a statewide initiative called Total Rewards that seeks to attract and retain employees by supplementing their base pay and benefits with programs designed to improve the quality of their work environment and lead to greater job satisfaction and work/life balance. Eligible employees are offered generous benefits, including health and dental insurance; retirement and savings plan options; and paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. For more information, visit https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/benefits
To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees, individuals and communities we serve, certain positions within DBHDD may require evaluations, vaccinations, professional licensure and certifications. Licenses must be current and enable providers to practice within the State of Georgia.
The following are a listing of evaluations and vaccinations that may be required for employees, including those not involved with direct care:
- Drug Screening
- TB Evaluation
- Annual Influenza*
- Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.
DBHDD is an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of DBHDD to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process.
This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.
FOR THIS TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT, STATE LAW REQUIRES A NATIONAL AND STATE BACKGROUND CHECK AS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT.
When applying for this position, you will be asked if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position as stated below and may possibly be presented with additional questions to assess preferred qualifications. Preference will be given to applicants who meet one or more of the preferred qualifications and have demonstrated relevant experience clearly indicated in their work history.