LCBMH announces search for Child and Adolescent Services Director

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LCBMH announces search for Child and Adolescent Services Director

The Lorain County Board of Mental Health (LCBMH) is seeking to fill the position of Child and Adolescent Services Director. The application form and job description are listed below.

Send completed applications and resumes to Patrice McKinney at [email protected] or at 1173 North Ridge Road East, Suite 101, Lorain, Ohio 44055. The deadline to apply is January 27, 2017.

LCBMH reserves the right to extend the timeframe for the search if a desirable candidate is not found, or for any other reason.



Download the application PDF here.



Classification Title: Child and Adolescent Services Director
Employment Status: Full-Time
Reports To: Community Services Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Supervises: No others
Exemption Type: Administrative
Civil Service Status: Unclassified 124.11 [A] 18


Coordinates program development, funding and evaluation of the mental health system serving children and adolescents in Lorain County. Provides leadership in ensuring development and maintenance of a high quality integrated system of mental health care for children and adolescents that encompasses the entire continuum of care from prevention to intensive inpatient care. Monitors impact of services to children and adolescents via audits, analysis of data and review of reports submitted by contracted agencies. Takes a leadership role in coordinating, monitoring and analyzing the Board-Funded School based services, coordinates and writes grant proposals. Ensures adherence of policy, procedures, standards and budget by conducting audits of agency programs.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty listed below. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, in accordance with its requirements.

  • Serves as the Board’s child and adolescent advocate and resident expert for all stakeholders including LCBMH’s network of providers, Board members, clients, family members and public. Serves as Board representative on the Children’s Continuum of Care Committee and staff representative for the Board’s Community Plan Committee.
  • Seeks new developments in mental health field specific to child and adolescent services including suicide prevention and culturally relevant programs. Creates and maintains a system of collaborative and interactive communication with Board’s network of providers and public partners.
  • Provide resources through dissemination of relevant literature, implementation of best practice models and measurement of outcomes.
  • Writes grant proposals, collaborates with clinical and fiscal teams in establishing the annual clinical budget and to determine principals for funding of agencies within the mental health system.
  • Promotes levy campaigns through educational activities on behalf of LCBMH by presenting at speaking events, media outreach efforts, providing literature, as well as through sponsored collaborations to various community groups.
  • Collaborates with schools, medical providers, public partners, contract providers, advocacy and community groups and other service providers to evaluate, enhance and expand the continuum of mental health services for children and adolescents. Monitors services and identifies gaps, determines appropriate services or programs, facilitates implementation of new services or programs and evaluates the impact of new programing on goals as identified within the strategic plan.
  • Provide utilization review for early childhood mental health services.
  • Conducts quality audits of Board funded clinical services offered to the child and adolescent community and makes modifications to programs and contracts. Ensures contract compliance standards are met by tracking expenditures and funding, analyzing fiscal reports, monitoring services and recommending and implementing improvements.
  • Leads quality improvement teams addressing the quality of system’s care including school-based mental health services, the crisis liaison collaboration, and any additional programs that are piloted with Board funding.
  • Keeps detailed and accurate records by completing and maintaining required documentation including major unusual incident reports, progress reports, grant proposals, outcome evaluations and strategic plans.
  • Serves as client right’s officer for complaints involving services to children and adolescents. Responds to client complaints and grievances by listening, documenting and addressing complaints or concerns when possible.
  • Performs other related duties as required or requested.


  • Innovative Thinking – Must be able to prioritize, think through and address issues that may impact ability to successfully deliver to all stakeholders.
  • Professionalism and Composure – Able to project a professional, composed demeanor in all situations especially during stressful times, in a way that builds harmony and promotes relationships among all team members and stakeholders.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills – Able to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people, including clients, employees, external providers and the public with an emphasis on rapport-building, listening and questioning skills. Expresses ideas and opinions effectively and diplomatically.
  • Flexibility – Available to assist and troubleshoot issues for stakeholders and others needing assistance, sometimes when working past normal operating hours. Remains composed when interruptions or delays in requested responses occur. Ability to adapt to new and changing information and environments.
  • Team player – Able to handle multiple tasks and work collaboratively with others to identify problems, resolve issues, and develop solutions.
  • Accountable – Accepts personal responsibility for all areas of the position: keeps commitments and meets deadlines. Does not make excuses for work errors or problems, and can keep confidences and protect sensitive information. Able to manage multiple assignments well, prioritize and execute tasks under pressure.
  • Compliance – Maintains compliance with all internal and external policies, procedures and regulations that affect LCBMH including confidentiality of personal health and other information, recognizing that most information is subject to public records request.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently sits for extended periods of time, and occasionally stands and walks. The employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employee converses verbally with others in person and by telephone. The employee occasionally lifts varying weights of up to twenty-five (25) pounds when moving files, boxes, equipment and supplies.


Computer, telephone, fax machine, copier and other general office equipment and automobile.


Knowledge of: system wide services; barriers to providing clinical services; clinical and direct services; system improvement strategies; mental health program development, strategic planning and performance improvement; grant funding sources; community and agency resources available to individuals with mental illnesses; public mental health system including federal and state regulatory requirements; computer software, programs and applications.

Ability to: work independently demonstrating initiative; develop and maintain effective working relationships; organize work projects and manage multiple tasks simultaneously; exhibit flexibility in work schedule and job assignments; maintain and promote good public relations; create and implement effective training programs; maintain confidentiality of non-public or sensitive information; coordinate multiple activities and tasks.

Skills in: verbal and written communication; basic facility with numbers as needed for budgeting, preparing written and operational reports; operating standard office equipment; maintaining good public relations; application of job software programs; collaborating with other agencies and coordinating services; networking with other agencies, organizations and businesses; conflict resolution; organizing and coordinating programs; grant writing.


Master’s Degree in Mental Health, Social Work, Psychology or a closely related field with 5 to 7 years progressively responsible direct service and mental health.


One of the following valid licenses: LISW, LPCC, PHD or MSN. State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License or demonstrable ability to gain access to worksite.

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