Job Description

ChildNet, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit community-based care (CBC) agency servicing Broward and Palm Beach County. We are contracted with the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, to provide case management support to abused, abandoned, and neglected children. ChildNet is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and employs over 450 staff at its location in Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

The Behavioral Health Services Specialist works within ChildNet’s Service Coordination department. The position monitors behavioral health services for children and families within the dependency system along other services.  Additionally, the department follows up with behavioral health providers and other referrals to ensure children and families have access to services. Consult with dependency case managers regarding the appropriateness of behavioral health referrals and maintains involvement with complex cases to verify the use  of effective interventions and appropriate residential placement.  For this position, a Master of Social Work (MSW), Mental Health Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is preferred.

Job Summary: This position oversees monitors and coordinates the activities of ChildNet staff that assist and advise ChildNet Client Services staff and caregivers in their attempts to meet the behavioral health needs of children in, or at risk of entry into, the dependency system. Reviews and ensures timely submission of the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Assessments (CBHA).


Supports the Director of Service Coordination in the expansion and evaluation of the local behavioral health resources that support the child welfare system; assess their accessibility, quality, and effectiveness by:

  • Consulting with and provides Child Advocates (CAs) with timely Comprehensive Behavioral Health Assessment (CBHA) reviews and recommends services for ChildNet clients.  Trains the CA to understand the CBHA, its functionality, and application to the development of an individualized, high quality case plan.

  • Maintaining involvement with complex cases to verify the development of effective intervention services and appropriate residential placement available to Palm Beach’s children that are in, or at risk of entry into the child welfare system, while working with the CAs, caregivers and local service providers.

  • Updating and verifying accuracy of the Behavioral Health Services portion of ChildNet’s Resource Directory.

  • Participating in permanency and placement staffing, court hearings, as needed.

  • Building relationships with community providers to collaborate and share information on resource development.

  • Participating in local, statewide and national organizations meetings, activities and initiatives focused on children’s behavioral health and related community resources, i.e., Palm Beach’s System’s meeting, ChildNet Resource Expos, etc.

  • Serving as a customer service role model to build positive relationships with CAs, clients, and service providers.

  • Recognizing, respecting and responding to the unique, culturally-defined needs of persons and families serviced.

  • The items listed above are intended to provide an overview of the essential functions of the job. This is not an exhaustive list of all functions and responsibilities that the position may be required to provide.

Skills / Requirements

*Master’s Degree in mental health field, License Preferred.

* Three (3) years of experience working with Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) children and the Child Welfare system.  Extensive knowledge of local behavioral health community resources, behavioral health residential treatment services, and process to access these services in Palm Beach County. Knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) and components of behavioral health treatment planning, implementation, transition, and discharge planning.

* Strong computer skills to include Microsoft Office 365 Suite and strong data entry skills

* Must be available to work a flexible schedule to include nights and weekends in order to meet the needs of the organization and clients served.

* Able and willing to work with a diverse client population.


Personal Credibility: Demonstrated concern that one be perceived as responsible, reliable, and trustworthy.

Flexibility: Openness to different and new ways of doing things; willingness to modify one's preferred way of doing things.

Diagnostic Information Gathering: The ability to identify the information needed to clarify a situation, seek that information from appropriate sources, and use skillful questioning to draw out the information, when others are reluctant to disclose it

Attention to Communication: The ability to ensure that information is passed on to others who should be kept informed

Important Notes

ChildNet is committed to equal employment opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, sex, age, religion, color, disability, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information, marital status, veterans status or military service obligation, medical condition, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression and any other status protected by applicable law.  Including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and CFOP 60-10, Chapter 4. ChildNet is also a Drug-Free Workplace (DFWP).