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Policy Unit Suicide Prevention Program Specialist

Human Services Program Specialist

Health and Welfare

Open for Recruitment: April 19, 2017 - May 5, 2017
Announcement # 09090084088
Salary Range: $24.00 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

The Division of Public Health has an opening for a Human Services Program Specialist in the Suicide Prevention Program. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a new program to implement statewide suicide prevention strategies.

This position requires experience in the field of suicide prevention and intervention, suicide risk assessment, or psychiatric crisis intervention. Applicants must have a master’s degree in a Behavioral Health discipline from an accredited college or university.

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.


  • Plan and carry out designated suicide prevention efforts in alignment with the Idaho Suicide Prevention Plan and Suicide Prevention Program goals, and in collaboration with the Division of Behavioral Health.
  • Develop, amend, and implement behavioral health (Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health) program policy related to suicide prevention and intervention activities.
  • Acquire suicide assessment-specific credentialing.
  • Participate in developing curricula, continuing education courses, and other professional suicide prevention training for behavioral health professionals.
  • Provide consultation and collaborate with statewide stakeholders on the development and implementation of suicide prevention programs and practices to include travel.
  • Serve as the subject matter expert regarding the Behavioral Health system of care and suicide prevention.
  • Assess need for training when implementing suicide prevention strategies and assist in development and dissemination of training materials.
  • Clearly communicate complex information in understandable terms both orally and in writing.
  • Provide technical assistance and guidance to district/regional staff, contractors and partners around implementation of Suicide Prevention Program strategies to include travel.
  • Respond to inquiries from field staff, contractors, stakeholders, and other department units, state officials, and the public.
  • Participate in federal, legislative and program auditing processes as necessary, including preparing audit documents in an organized manner, and providing respectful, timely and accurate responses to questions from auditors, audit findings and recommendations.
  • Participate in public awareness campaigns around behavioral health acceptance and parity.
  • Identify and assist in writing grants that will further the mission of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Program.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience in the field of suicide prevention and intervention, suicide risk assessment, or psychiatric crisis intervention.
  • 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 behavioral health system of care.
  • Experience working with Substance Use Disorder systems and Children/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. Experience designing and implementing training courses, including development of curricula and continuing education training. Typically gained by at least one year of related experience.


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 64 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.