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State of Montana Behavioral Health Program Officer (31760) in Helena, Montana

Mental Disorders Division (AMDD) administers program and payment for publicly funded behavioral health services, which include adult mental health and adult and youth substance use disorder (SUD) prevention and treatment programs. The Treatment Bureau contracts with behavioral health providers and agencies statewide to provide community-based and inpatient services, primarily through Medicaid. Services range from prevention and early intervention services to inpatient, residential, home- and community-based, and recovery support services. This position supports these efforts by managing programs, grants and contracts that provide funding for behavioral health services in communities throughout Montana.

Below are more detailed job duties:

• Manages programs, grants, and contracts with providers and other stakeholders. Identifies and prioritizes program work activities and initiates adjustments. Ensures coordination with other programs and divisions

• Identifies and prioritizes program work activities, develops organized plans, and initiates adjustments.

• Prepares or ensures program deliverables such as SPAs; waiver renewals and reporting; evidence of coverage; annual reports; contractor adherence of contract; member and provider information; and quality assurance measures.

• Researches and recommends evidence-based treatment protocols for system or service delivery; researches state and federal laws and recommends policy or rule revision to support the delivery of current best practices as identified by national standards.

• Works closely with the Division’s Operations Bureau to ensure accuracy of program and bureau expenditures and projections.

• Evaluates the effectiveness of a program and assures compliance of the agency with applicable state and federal laws.

• Assists with quality assurance reviews to ensure that providers are reimbursed in accordance with, and adhere to, program and general Medicaid policy.

• Identifies problems and develops and implements solutions.

• Assists with writing federal and state reports as required.

• Represents the Bureau at meetings and trainings to coordinate with State and community stakeholders regarding substance use disorder treatment.

• Knowledge of behavioral health treatment services.

• Knowledge of service development and performance monitoring.

• Excellent written or verbal communication skills including public speaking.

• Interpersonal skills including negotiation and collaboration skills.

• Ability to interpret state and federal laws.

• Ability to create training presentations and present training.

• Ability to identify problems and research to develop and implement solutions.

• Ability to operate a personal computer and general office equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in human services, public health, or closely other related social or behavioral science degree.

• Master Degree is preferred.

• Two years job-related experience in behavioral health services.

• Other combinations of directly related education and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For a full copy of the job description, please contact Kaley Argee

To be considered for this position, please submit the following materials online through the State of Montana Careers site:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

  • Supplemental Questions

o *1. This position will be required to engage with a variety of stakeholders to advance program initiatives. Please describe your experience collaborating with internal and external partners on an initiative.

  1. This position will be required to conceptualize and assess systems of care in order to identify and implement tangible solutions. Describe a time in which you developed and utilized a plan to make progress toward or achieve a long-term goal.*

(Please type responses in a Word document and attach to application. HELPFUL HINT: When attaching a document, you much check the “relevant document” box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application. Please do not attach more than requested. If you have more than 25 attachments in the system you will need to email these to: Failure to attach the required material will conclude in an incomplete application. You must also keep those relevant boxes checked once you submit your application; if you uncheck the box with an active application it will delete the attachment.)

*The State of Montana offers a comprehensive benefits package, which includes:

• 15 paid vacation days

• 12 sick days

• 10 paid holidays a year*

To view State of Montana’s medical, dental, vision coverage, and other offerings, you can visit our Health Care and Benefits website at,

This is an open until filled position, first initial review of applications will be 2 weeks after the posting date.

*/To be considered for any DPHHS Agency position, applicants must complete and submit their application online, as well as upload any required application materials. Successful applicant(s) are required to successfully pass all DPHHS specific background check(s) relevant to each position.


Job: *Community/Social Services

Title: Behavioral Health Program Officer (31760)

Location: Helena

Requisition ID: 20142863