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Job Description

06/08/2018 06/15/2018
PHOENIX 50,890.52-71,190.49


Providing Opportunity, Assistance and Care for Arizonans in need!


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Behavioral Health Administrator

Division of Developmental Disabilities

3443 North Central Avenue

Phoenix, Arizona 85012


The Behavioral Health Administrator will be responsible for the oversight of the Behavioral Health Administration within the Division of Developmental Disabilities' (DDD) Health Care Services.  This position supervises staff in the provision of behavioral health care coordination for Medicaid and DD/Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS) members.


-          The incumbent will work closely with the Health Care Services Administrator and the Quality Management Chief in addressing the integration of physical and behavioral health care and completion of the behavioral health contract requirements.  The position is responsible for the oversight of Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) behavioral health initiatives such as the High Need/High Cost program and the behavioral health components of Operational Reviews.  Oversees the care collaboration efforts between the Behavioral Health Administration staff with the Regional Behavioral Health Authorities (RBHA) and Children's Rehabilitative Services, assisting in this process to ensure the goals of DDD members are addressed.


Knowledge of:

-          Managed care concepts

-          Project management

-          Principles of performance improvement

-          Policy and Procedure development

-          Applicable regulatory programs such as AHCCCS and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

-          Applicable statutes and rules

-          Contract Compliance and Interagency partnerships

-          Strategic planning

Skill in:

-          Work within the context of managed care

-          Organization

-          Facilitate and lead projects

-          Develop and write policy and procedure

-          Review and advise the Contracts Unit

-          Prioritize projects

-          Strong analytical and clinical skills

-          Mediation and conflict resolution

Ability to:

-          Lead groups of people, gaining agreement and cooperation in the face of possible disagreements on goals and procedures

-          Supervise others, providing appropriate positive and negative feedback in order to gain maximal value from the employee

-          Work cooperatively with colleagues within a team setting and across multiple departments

-          Work independently with minimal supervision

-          Problem solve, make decisions, build consensus and promote continuous quality improvement

-          Creativity in resolving barriers

-          Be flexible in managing multiple tasks and transitions between unrelated work assignments

-          Manage work load and complete tasks in a timely manner


-          The ideal/preferred candidate will have experience with the current DDD service delivery system as well as the current public behavioral health service delivery system.


-          As specified in R9-10-101, an individual licensed under A.R.S. Title 32, Chapter 33, whose scope of practice includes one of the following:

a)      Independently engage in the practice of behavioral health as defined in A.R.S. 32-3251 (except for a licensed Substance Abuse Technician);

b)      A psychiatrist as defined in A.R.S. 36-501;

c)      A psychologist as defined in A.R.S. 32-2061;

d)      A physician;

e)      A registered nurse practitioner licensed as an adult psychiatric and mental health nurse;

f)       A behavior analyst as defined in A.R.S. 32-2091; OR

g)      A registered nurse

-          In accordance with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) contract as defined in 42 CFR 455, 104, SMDL #09-001, a search for the incumbent will be conducted monthly using the List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) and the System for Award Management (SAM).

-          Have a current, valid state issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employee is subject to driver’s license record checks and must maintain an acceptable driving record, valid motor vehicle insurance and registration, and must complete any required training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12)

-          Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees

-          Successfully pass background and reference checks. Employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions

-          Employee shall have a valid level one fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 41-2758.07 in order to work with children and vulnerable adults

-          Candidates for this position shall be subject to a search of both the Child Protective Services Central Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 8-804 and the Adult Protective Services Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 46-459 

-          Employment is contingent upon the ability to lift 50 pounds or more and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.


 The Department of Economic Security offers a comprehensive benefits package to include: 

-          Sick leave

-          Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year

-          Health and dental insurance

-          Retirement plan

-          Life insurance and long-term disability insurance

-          Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). 

Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact (602) 542-6742 for assistance.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-364-3981. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

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