Job Code Pay Scale Group Pay Scale Type Bargaining Unit Civil Service or Non-Civil Service Last Executive Board Change Executive Board Change History
43790 11 ST A3 N 715-16 05/29/2015
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JOB CODE: 43790

DEFINITION: This is administrative and professional work directing the development and modification of policies, regulations, service systems, and programs for the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), Department of Human Services (DHS).

The employee in this job is responsible for directing and coordinating the development and evaluation of new and existing policies, programs, regulations, and procedures for state and county administered mental health services and medical assistance managed care and fee-for-service behavioral health programs. Work involves designing and developing policy and program standards related to the administration of state-operated mental health hospitals and the delivery and utilization of county administered behavioral health services, including inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization, outpatient treatment, family-based services, Early Periodic Screening Diagnostic Treatment (EPSDT) wrap-around services, crisis intervention, case management, housing supports, employment and vocational services, drop-in centers, peer support, income supports and benefits, and health and dental care. Work includes responsibility for developing waiver requests and supporting documentation to obtain financial participation and authority from the federal government to implement behavioral health managed care initiatives by developing requests for proposals (RFP), providing technical assistance materials and public forums for bidders, and RFP procurement and evaluation procedures; developing Medicaid State Plan Amendments and regulations governing the delivery and payment of behavioral managed care services; and developing and monitoring grant proposals to public and private funding sources. Work also includes determining needs and executing and managing all OMHSAS behavioral managed care training contracts to ensure the coordination and provision of training and expert consultation to field office staff, state mental hospitals, county administrators, community agency providers, mental health professionals, and statewide and local consumer and family organizations. Supervision is exercised over a professional and technical staff. Work is performed independently under the general administrative direction of the Deputy Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, who evaluates the employee's performance through conferences, reports, and results achieved in meeting established goals and objectives.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: (NOTE: The examples of work are representative of the work, but every position classified to this job may not perform all examples of work listed. Conversely, this is not an all-inclusive list of work examples.):

• Oversees the development, implementation, evaluation, and modification of policies, regulations, and programs to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and that service goals and objectives are met.

• Coordinates the formulation of policies and programs and collaborative funding arrangements with federal officials, state agencies, and other department program managers.

• Directs the development and evaluation of new and revised service design and integrated behavioral health services and systems models for county Mental Health/Intellectual Disability (MH/ID) programs.

• Directs the coordination and collaboration with county governments in the development of a unified system for the management and funding of Pennsylvania's mental health and substance abuse programs.

• Directs, prepares, and manages the development of Medicaid managed care waivers.

• Conducts research and develops plans to implement cost effective integrated behavioral health services and systems models which incorporate county mental health and substance abuse programs, the medical assistance funded mental health and drug and alcohol services programs, and the state mental hospital system.

• Represents the department in concert with Legal Office staff in the development of legal settlements and departmental positions on federal and state legislation impacting Pennsylvania's public mental health and substance abuse services delivery system.

• Directs the development of annual plan guidelines for Pennsylvania's 45 county MH/ID programs, state mental hospitals and the adult and children services components of the State Mental Health Services Plan.

• Directs the development of Annual Implementation Reports to obtain federal financial participation and block grant funding for OMHSAS behavioral health care services programs.

• Monitors the implementation of county, state and federal behavioral health care services plans.

• Directs the development, monitoring, and implementation of all statewide OMHSAS training initiatives including training contracts with institutes and clinics.

• The employee in this job may participate in the performance of subordinates’ work consistent with operational or organizational requirements.

• Performs the full range of supervisory duties.

• Performs related work as required.


• Knowledge of the principles and methods of policy and program planning, development, and evaluation.

• Knowledge of the laws and regulations governing behavioral health services programs.

• Knowledge of the functions and resources of federal behavioral health organizations and programs.

• Knowledge of the methods and techniques used in conducting data collection, analysis, and evaluation.

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of effective supervision.

• Ability to analyze and interpret policies, procedures and regulations.

• Ability to analyze and interpret program and fiscal data.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

• Ability to communicate effectively orally.

• Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: (NOTE: Based on the Entry Level Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities):

• Six years of professional experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a human services or social services program, including three years in a supervisory capacity in a behavioral health program, and a bachelor’s degree in public health, public administration, business administration, or a related field;


• An equivalent combination of experience and training that includes three years in a professional supervisory capacity in a behavioral health program.