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YES Project - CANS Program Specialist

Human Services Program Specialist

Health and Welfare

Open for Recruitment: March 15, 2017 - March 29, 2017
Announcement # 09090006685
Salary Range: $24.00 - $26.00 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Behavioral Health has an opening for a Human Services Program Specialist for the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Project in Automation Unit. This position will oversee and manage the execution of an action plan to deploy a web-based data collection system for the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool.  

The Program Specialist will provide leadership; conduct research and analysis into program needs and best practices; design and provide training on effective programs to serve the needs of client groups; and perform related work. This position is located in the Behavioral Health Central Office in Boise.

The Youth Empowerment Services (YES) project is an ongoing collaborative effort to implement a new system of care for Idaho children and youth with serious emotional disturbances. Implementation will result in improved access to community-based mental health services for an estimated 9,000 Idaho children, creating a mental health system that is more effective and efficient in empowering the mental wellness of children, youth, and their families. For more information about YES project initiatives, visit

The Division of Behavioral Health will be filling several new positions related to the YES project. To see other current openings, click here

This announcement will be used to fill the current vacancy in Boise only. If you have previously applied for a Human Services Program Specialist position and wish to be considered for the current vacancy, you must reapply under this announcement. Previous scores will not be used.


  • Participate in the planning and development of strategies to implement automated solutions related to YES project objectives
  • Oversee and manage the execution of an action plan to deploy a web-based data collection system for the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool
  • Develop cross-agency protocols, process and related tools for adoption, implementation and sustainability of automated solutions related to YES project initiatives, specifically those related to the YES Access Model
  • Facilitate collaboration among all child-serving systems to ensure consistent implementation of the automated, web-based data systems and related protocols
  • Collaborate with YES team members, contractors and stakeholders to help improve performance, recommend policy clarification/changes, identify training and support YES initiatives
  • Participate in and/or facilitate YES project committees or workgroups, specifically those related to automated or web-based data collection systems
  • Provide status reports to YES leadership team, team members, contractors and stakeholders
  • Conduct research and analysis into programs, automated solutions, data integration, and related areas to support YES project initiatives
  • Analyze existing programs and automated resources to evaluate effectiveness and appropriateness in meeting the existing and future needs of the Division
  • Conduct literature searches and consult with other state and local programs to learn of best practices to be used as possible models in Idaho
  • Develop new or enhance existing programs and relevant guidelines and requirements to optimize existing and future automated solutions
  • Develop, plan, and conduct workshops related to best practices
  • Provide technical assistance and training to support the deployment of automated web-based data collection systems for the CANS assessment and implementation of related best practices
  • Provide leadership to enhance local level partnerships the statewide implementation of the CANS, and related systems, in Idaho
  • Serve as liaison between the division and the YES partner agencies or groups 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Considerable knowledge of social, psychological, or rehabilitative services, principles, and methods
  • Experience working with public social/rehabilitative service delivery systems
  • Experience planning, implementing, and overseeing a community-based social/rehabilitative service program to include community organization
  • Experience working with Children or Adult Mental Health Systems
Additional Qualifications: Are not required, however, having the minimum qualifications and the education and/or experience below will increase your score.
  1. Current licensure in any of the following areas: LCPC, LCSW, LMSW, LCP, LMFT. Please provide your licensure type and expiration date in Question 5 on the exam.
  2. Good knowledge of automated, web-based data systems. Typically gained by at least one year experience working with an electronic health record system on a daily basis.


There is an exam for this position to determine an applicant's eligibility. Click the "Preview Exam" button below to review the exam. You must receive a score of 63 to pass this exam. If at any time during the screening/testing process your responses or resume do not support the answers you provided, your name will be removed from the register.

How to Apply:

Click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position. When updating your online application information, please select Health and Welfare under "Agencies," full-time" under "Job Type/Shift," and Boise under "Cities."


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Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.