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Director of Crisis and Interagency Management (REPOST)

Recruitment #22-001725-0001






MDH Behavioral Health Administration
Division of Child Adolescent and Young Adult Services
55 Wade Avenue
Catonsville MD 21228

Main Purpose of Job

Under the general supervision of the Director, Child Adolescent, and Young Adult Services and in collaboration with the Deputy Director, Child Adolescent and Young Adult Services, this full-time contractual position will provide oversight, implementation, technical assistance, and collaboration/coordination regarding expanding crisis service systems (supported by over $20M in Federal funding from e-COVID and FBG emergency funds,) This position will direct the division in child services planning and coordination with other crisis services related efforts at a state and regional level with the State Crisis Services workgroup, the Health Service Cost Review Committee efforts, and collaboration with the other state child-serving agencies in their mental health crisis related projects (currently amassing over $50M.) Additionally, this position will serve as the inter-departmental and interagency collaboration lead for other inter-related projects including but not limited to work regarding Evidence-Based Practices Expansions, ACES, Trauma-Focused Treatment, Hospital Overstays work under the Interagency Planning Committee / Children’s Cabinet Implementation Team.

This position will drive programs related to collaboration with and technical assistance towards all inter-departmental projects and partnerships expanding in response to COVID-19 related funding sources, responses, and recovery efforts as well as recent legislative efforts. This includes on-site and web-based technical assistance across Maryland with Local Departments of Behavioral Health, Local Care Teams, DDA, DHS, DJS, MSDE Regional Consultative Support Teams, and other current and future partners. This position will share the responsibility in the collaboration and development of new legislative requirements required of the local health authorities to assess their crisis needs and the legislative requirement for collaboration between the local schools and the local behavioral health authorities regarding community availability of services (Kerwin Blueprint Bill HB1300).

This position direct and implement the overall crisis services expansions in the child, adolescent and young adult space as well as the ongoing coordination with the BHA Crisis services workgroup (whole age spectrum crisis services expansion) and the various HSCRC crisis funded programs, and the recommendations of the Behavioral Health Advisory Committee put into legislation through the HOPE Act and HB1092/SB703 Legislation that mandates the Department to increase crisis services within the child/adolescent stabilization array, increase opportunities for specialized BH and SUD/OUD services accessible within the community and residential treatment settings, and continue to build out a data to action plan supporting ACES identification, early intervention planning, and trauma-informed responses.

This position will be a resource to both subcontracted Medicaid consultants and BHA’s Executive or Core Crisis team with identifying funding opportunities, best practices related to crisis services, and other needed assistance with program oversight, writing and reviewing proposals, and researching grant and funding opportunities as to create new programs to assist individuals who are experiencing crises and have behavioral health issues with successful re-entry.

This position plays a key role in the mission and plan of the CAYAS Division, and the Behavioral Health Administration, the Children’s Cabinet, and the member partners. Additionally, this position will coordinate with the Clinical Services Division and the Office of Crisis and Emergency Services. Crisis Services for individuals experiencing mental health and substance use crises are central to BHA's priority populations.


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

Experience: Six years professional experience in health services, three years must have been in Mental Health professional work related to treatment and development of mentally ill patients and four years must have been at the managerial or supervisory level.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree or Doctorate degree in a health or human services field from an accredited college or university for up to two years of the required general experience.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in another        field plus an additional year of professional experience in health services may be substituted for the required education.

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


The desired candidate should possess experience independently managing State or county projects; behavioral health service experience; and, federal grants experience.

A license in one of the following is also desired: Social Work (SW), Clinical Practitioner Certified (LCPC), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), or Clinical Psychology.


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.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


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.

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