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Behavioral Health Policy Unit Program Specialist

Human Services Program Specialist

Health and Welfare

Open for Recruitment: October 12, 2017 - October 26, 2017
Announcement # 09090077258
Salary Range: $23.00 - $26.00 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

The Division of Behavioral Health has an opening for a Human Services Program Specialist at Central Office in Boise. This position is in the division’s Policy, Planning and Communications Unit and will focus on writing and implementing the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block grant and development of policies. The incumbent will be responsible for planning, implementing, evaluating, and coordinating statewide activities to improve department and community-based behavioral health services provided to families and individual adults and children. 

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



  • Conduct research and write the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grants
  • Monitor appropriate utilization of Block Grant funding
  • Develop grant/contract close-out and summarization reports
  • Participate in federal site visits, including preparing documents in an organized manner and providing respectful, timely and accurate responses to questions from project officers, site findings and recommendations
  • Prepare requests for proposals, review and selects applicants, and develop and negotiate contracts related to Block Grant activities
  • Develop and monitor grant proposals and contracts, monitor, evaluate, and report grant or contract activities, provide training and technical assistance to partners/stakeholders
  • Assess need for and provide Technical Assistance to partners and contractors as needed
  • Compile and analyze data and information to identify program and services needs and resources
  • Serve as subject matter expert on issues pertaining to Block Grant requirements, activities and funding
  • Consult on problems and develop resolutions


  • Work with members of the Division to develop and recommend policies and implementation methods that align with federal and state regulations and rules
  • Identify policy and regulation issues, conduct research, and provide findings to providers/contractors
  • Analyze current, proposed, new laws and regulations to assess program and/or rules impact
  • Clearly communicate complex policy in understandable terms both orally and in writing
  • Respond to inquiries and advise on policy and state and federal regulation issues

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience working with Substance Use Disorder systems and/or the Children/Adult Mental Health Systems.
  • 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.

Additional Qualifications: Are not required, however, having the minimum qualifications and the education and/or experience below will increase your score.

  1. Experience writing grants or contracts, and writing reports for federal grants. Typically gained by at least one year of related experience. In your response, please include types of grants, contracts and reports you have written.
  2. Experience writing policies. Typically gained by at least one year of professional experience with drafting, vetting and finalizing new policies and conducting policy reviews.


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 67 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."


Preview Exam

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.