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Recruitment #20-002721-0002




Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD 21045

Main Purpose of Job

The Behavioral Health Navigator (BHN) will guide consumers through the health care system by assisting with access issues including insurance coverage and network adequacy, developing relationships and educating service providers, and tracking outcomes. Provides social service support for consumers and/or families and connects them with appropriate follow-up services. This position facilitates appropriate referrals and treatment services and community resources for populations seeking behavioral health treatment services; Educates community and providers on the levels of care and community resources available; Collaborates with outside referral sources to help navigate their customers to the appropriate resources and appointments, completes screenings and helps to facilitate a seamless transition to care; Advocates, supports and coordinates consumers and/ or family needs. The Youth Suicide Prevention (YSP) Coordinator is responsible for the development and coordination of activities and implementation as outlined in the Youth Suicide Prevention Plan. The YSP Coordinator also serves as the point of contact for YSP at HCHD. This position facilitates appropriate referrals for treatment services and connections to community resources for populations seeking YSP services; Educates community and providers on Howard Countys YSP campaigns for reducing stigma and increasing dialogue about Youth Suicide; Collaborates with community groups and represents the HCHD at health/resource fairs


Education: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in nursing, social work, psychology, education, counseling or a related field.

Experience: Two years of professional experience in health services, one year of which must have been in the option for which application is made.

1. Applicants may substitute a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a health or human service field for one year of the required general experience.

2. Experience in the option must be as follows: professional work related to treatment and services for mentally ill patients.

3. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in another field plus one additional year of professional experience in health services may be substituted for the specific degree.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Health Care Administration classifications or Civil Affairs Specialist specialty codes in the health related field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


Desired qualifications:
- Experience with public speaking in a public health setting
- Experience with youth outreach/engagement
- Experience navigating individuals through the system of care (including community providers and private insurance referrals)
- Experience referring individuals to behavioral health services
- Strong verbal communication skills
- Well-organized
- Ability to work some evenings/weekend


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment.  No postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.