Deputy Commissioner - Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
Company: City of Philadelphia
Posted on: January 16, 2022
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The mission of DBHIDS is to improve the health status of
Philadelphians in need of behavioral health and/or intellectual
disability services. This is accomplished through an emphasis on
recovery and resilience-focused behavioral health services, as well
as an emphasis on self-determination for individuals with
intellectual disabilities. The goal is to help individuals realize
their goals and attain the highest quality of life possible. DBHIDS
works with persons recovering from mental health and/or substance
use, individuals with intellectual disabilities, families,
communities, and service providers to ensure that high-quality
services are accessible, effective, and appropriate and is
committed to developing a system of care that is data-driven,
trauma-informed, employs evidence-based practices, promotes
cultural competence and eliminates health care disparities. DBHIDS
is the principle funder and provides oversight to Community
Behavioral Health(CBH), a not-for-profit 501c (3) corporation
contracted by the City of Philadelphia to provide mental health and
substance abuse services for Philadelphia County Medicaid
The Deputy Commissioner for Behavioral Health will provide
leadership around the development of integrated policies to ensure
the seamless delivery of behavioral health services with the
infusion of principles of recovery, resilience, and
self-determination. The Deputy Commissioner would be part of an
executive team that drives public sector service delivery in a
highly visible leadership role across the DBHIDS and the provider
Provides strategic leadership and guidance for all aspects of the
DBHIDS service system including identifying system goals,
priorities, and general direction in close collaboration with
senior department leaders.
Assesses the functioning of the behavioral health service system
through the use of empirical and qualitative data and proactively
addresses system problems, as well as builds on system strengths to
Works with the provider network to ensure appropriate service
provision and utilization of resources.
Works with state and city leadership to support policy and
processes that serve Philadelphians in need of behavioral health
programs and services
Works in collaboration with senior leadership throughout the DBHIDS
to ensure that the Department accomplishes its mission in the most
effective manner possible.
Provides leadership in the development and implementation of
practice standards, policies, procedures, and performance criteria,
as well as initiatives consistent with DBHIDS' PACE strategic plan
(Prioritizing for a Changing Environment) and TEC vision
(addressing Trauma, achieving Equity, engaging Community).
Ensures that the core values of recovery, resilience, and
self-determination, as well as the core values of diversity,
equity, and inclusion, are incorporated into all Departmental
Works to transform behavioral health services towards a
person/family-directed philosophy of care in which people receiving
services, their families, and other supporters, the
community-at-large and professionals are equal partners.
Utilizes the DBHIDS Practice Guidelines and other strategic
documents to ensure a responsive and high-performing service
Establishes best practices and guidelines for DBHIDS service
providers, promoting the best clinical outcomes for people served,
including the expansion of evidence-based practice (EBP)
initiatives and data-driven decision making.
Ensures that DBHIDS operates an efficient, highly effective system
of care and that Departmental staff is utilizing state-of-the-art
management strategies, particularly in public sector managed
Participates in and provides leadership and promotes collaboration
across various DBHIDS and cross-system clinical, operational and
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
Doctorate in psychology, social work, counseling or closely related
behavioral health discipline strongly preferred. Masters degree and
undergraduate degrees in related field required.
Minimum of ten (10) years of clinical experience in mental health
and/or substance use service delivery.
Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible supervisory
or administrative experience including some experience as a senior
member of an executive leadership team preferred.
Thorough understanding and demonstrated commitment to the delivery
of public sector behavioral health services consistent with the
principles of recovery and resilience.
Demonstrated understanding of and clinical experience working with
a culturally diverse urban population.
Thorough understanding of major trends within the behavioral health
field and their impact on public sector behavioral healthcare
including but not limited to healthcare reform, evidence-based
practices, trauma-informed care, population health and wellness,
reduction of health disparities, data-driven decision making,
Ability to conceptualize clinical care at a systems level and an
understanding of management principles and practices in a public
Demonstrated leadership ability and effectiveness at driving
large-scale systemic change.
Excellent interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills
including the ability to represent and present to a broad
cross-section of providers, individuals, families and communities,
governmental entities, and other stakeholders.
Demonstrated writing and verbal communication skills and the
ability to effectively articulate and advocate for a wide variety
Adept at establishing and maintaining effective relationships with
a wide range of professionals within the behavioral health
community and broader community, including the general public and
Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Interrelationships between behavioral health and other social
determinants of health, such as health, human services, homeless
programs, the criminal justice system and the public education
Extensive programmatic knowledge of behavioral health, mental
health, substance abuse or related program area.
Unflappable leadership skill.
Excellent communication skills, oral and written, noted for
Strong interpersonal skills that support a collegial style of
Decisive abilities that support the vision.
Ability to function within a political environment without being
political, politically savvy.
Strong fiscal practices that reflect appropriate fiscal discipline
but leverages resources.
Establish the organization as a cohesive unit of behavioral health
services and services for mental health, substance use disorders,
and intellectual disabilities.
Develop a client centered and community informed programmatic and
clinical vision for the system.
Develop and improve access to services and a comprehensive service
system and, enhance the services across the lifespan and across the
Develop standards that address quality of services and standards of
care that are widely accepted.
Develop and enhance the cultural competency and capacity of the
private provider system and community.
Leverage the inherent flexibility of a behavioral health managed
care system to address program needs and expand services.
Integrate organization-wide project management, strategic planning
and quality improvement principles
Support the reform and development of the behavioral health system
to reflect a similar level of innovation and comprehensive services
for consumers, children, and their families.
Please attach a cover letter, resume and reference list in the
additional attachments section. Applications without all documents
will not be considered.
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Generous retirement savings options are available
Successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within
six months of hire
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