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Behavioral Health Program Manager SUD_COD (MAPS 3/BHR)

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:

Behavioral Health Program Manager SUD_COD (MAPS 3/BHR)


Funding for this project position ends 9/30/2023

The ideal candidate for this position will have experience with behavioral health programs and evidence-based interventions. If you pride yourself on your communication skills, relationship management, and application of creative and innovative quality improvement, this opportunity may be for you!


The Child, Youth and Family Behavioral Health Section within the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery is responsible for developing and overseeing policy implementation and quality of children, youth and family programs for behavioral health treatment.  This is accomplished by elevating youth and family voice in system design, administrating contracts and interfacing with managed care entities, child-serving system partners and youth and family leaders to ensure accountability for service integrity, quality, and cross-system coordination related to policy and program development in the public children, youth and family behavioral health system.

The Behavioral Health Program Manager supports the Health Care Authority's Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery's (DBHR) mission and strategic goals including increasing access to and improving engagement in behavioral health services for children, youth and their families, developing and innovating quality programs that address community needs, addressing racial and ethnic disparities and inclusion and promoting trauma informed care principles.

Position Objective:

The Behavioral Health Program Manager will demonstrate subject matter expertise in substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders (COD) and the services that aim to meet the needs of youth and young adults at risk for or experiencing SUD or COD.This position will be responsible for identifying innovative and evidence-based strategies for engaging youth and young adults early and working to ensure that Washington State is providing developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant SUD and COD services.  This position will be required to incorporate feedback from youth, young adults, and family members that have participated in or have been impacted by the system.  This position will identify the necessary data collection measures and tools to ensure that work is data-informed and will develop and ensure timely and appropriate communication with internal and external partners including oral and written communication.  This individual will also develop, negotiate, and manage contracts.


 Some of what you will do: 

To participate in the design, access, implementation, and support of a behavioral health system that provides developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant early intervention, treatment and recovery services for children, youth and young adults with substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders (COD).

This position will develop and address policies that support the needs of Washington children, youth, and families experiencing SUD or COD.

Supporting COD services in the broader community through training and education.

This position interacts across programs and sections at the Health Care Authority to improve access to services for youth with substance use disorder or co-occurring diagnosis and to ensure that laws and activities support adolescents as they transition into adulthood.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's Degree in behavioral health/social services and 3 or more years of experience with SUD and COD systems and/services as a certified SUD professional.
  • Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for the required education.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders including, youth and family leaders, youth serving system partners, and providers.
  • Excellent leadership skills and knowledge of systems change work and approaches.
  • Demonstrated skill in finished written business products.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to plan, analyze, and problem solve, develop goals and objectives and use data for decision making.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.


Preferred/Desired Qualifications: 

  • Master's degree and five or more years' experience in the administration of behavioral health programs and service.
  • Knowledge of governmental contracting.
  • Knowledge of federal and state behavioral health and social service laws, regulations and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of behavioral health programs and evidence-based interventions.
  • Knowledge of continuous quality improvement principles and application of performance measures, outcome measures and service standards to monitor service results.



The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) purchases health care for more than 2 million Washington residents through Apple Health (Medicaid), the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program, and, beginning in 2020, the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program. Our agency is committed to whole person care, integrating physical health and behavioral health services for better results and healthier residents. As the largest health care purchaser in the state, we lead the effort to transform health care, helping ensure Washington residents have access to better health and better care at a lower cost.


 What we have to offer:

  • Meaningful work with friendly co-workers who care about those we serve Voices of HCA 
  • A clear agency mission that drives our work and is person-centered HCA's Mission, Vision & Values 
  • A healthy work/life balance, including alternative/flexible schedules and mobile work options. 
  • Infants in the workplace Infants at the Workplace Video 
  • A great total compensation and benefit package WA State Government Benefits 
  • A safe, pleasant workplace in a convenient location with restaurants, and shopping nearby. 
  • Tuition reimbursement. 
  • And free parking!

 About Olympia and Washington State

Washington State offers a total work/life package of pay, benefits, flexibility, and workplace opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and out of life. Washington State is a great place to work, play, and be a part of a community, offering quality of life that is unsurpassed. From the high energy urban center of Seattle, one of the nation's top ranked cities, to the more relaxed pace of our rural communities, Washington's distinctive Northwest lifestyle blends a progressive, creative culture with a casual nature.

How to Apply: 

Only candidates who reflect the minimum qualifications on their NEOGOV profile will be considered.  Failure to follow the application instructions below may lead to disqualification.  To apply for this position, you will need to complete your profile and attach:

  • A cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications for this position.
  • Current resume.
  • Three professional references, including a minimum of one past supervisor.

If you have questions about the process, or need reasonable accommodation, please contact the recruiter before the posting closes.  

Washington State is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Human Resources Office at 360.725.1761 or email Sanyu.Tushabe@hca.wa.gov.

 Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

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