Job Information

Colorado Department of Human Services Independent Assessment Program Specialist in Denver, Colorado

Independent Assessment Program Specialist

Print (


Independent Assessment Program Specialist


$5,428.00 Monthly


Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IIC 04960 07/20/2021


10/27/2021 11:59 PM Mountain

  • Description

  • Benefits

  • Questions

Department Information

The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado

Review New COVID Compliance in the Conditions of Employment - Effective September 20th, 2021

We are CDHS

Opt in below to receive text message updates on CDHS recruiting events!


About Us

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services ( (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan ( plus 401(k) and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans (

  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account (

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • BenefitHub ( state employee discount program

  • Employee Wellness program MotivateMe (

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

*Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more

information, go to

Our Culture & Environment

We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.

Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

About the Office of Behavioral Health

Located within the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is the State’s behavioral health authority. OBH is responsible for policy development, service provision and coordination, program monitoring and evaluation, and administrative oversight for the public behavioral health system. OBH funds, supports and monitors numerous mental health and substance abuse community programs and providers, and reviews and designates the State’s 27-65 providers. OBH also operates the Colorado Mental Health Institutes at Fort Logan and Pueblo and oversees the state’s forensic behavioral health system. OBH executes the State’s federal responsibilities as the State Mental Health Authority and the State Substance Abuse Authority for the purposes of administering federal mental health and substance abuse block grant funds.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Description of Job

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) welcomes your interest in the Independent Assessment Program Specialist position. Through the maintenance of expert level knowledge at the interpretive, clinical, and analytic levels, this position provides program expertise to the community, provider agencies, other stakeholders, and other state agencies regarding behavioral health issues for children and youth and families. It manages specific programming focused on independent assessments for the Office of Behavioral Health and the Office of Children, Youth, and Families and participates in quality assurance and compliance oversight of contracted and designated agencies, such as Administrative Services Organizations (ASOs).

This position exists within the Child, Youth, and Family Behavioral Health (CYFBH) unit which is part of the Community Behavioral Health (CBH) Division of OBH. The unit has responsibility for program oversight, technical assistance, and agency licensing and programmatic monitoring. It evaluates service quality, manages contracts, grants oversight, and serves as a contact for outside agencies pertaining to issues of behavioral health service provision and advocacy for children, youth, and families with mental health and substance use disorders.

Responsibilities in this position include:

  • Develop relevant processes

  • Develop contract statements of work

  • Assess contract deliverables and performance

  • Provide technical assistance to providers and stakeholders

  • Design relevant trainings

  • Write reports based on programmatic data

  • Identify evidence-based or best practices to assess and treat children, youth, and families with specific behavioral health disorders

  • Use data and theory to review submitted documents and to make critical approval or denial decisions

  • Represent OBH on various committees and workgroups

  • Collaborate with OBH Communication team to determine legislative or media responses

  • Compliance oversight

  • Review provider service quality and performance, promotes behavioral health assessments and treatment

  • Maintain an expert level knowledge of behavioral health assessments and treatment, reviews internal and provider policies

  • Interact on a regular basis with stakeholders

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Three years of experience in the field of behavioral health and one or more of the following areas:

  • assessment research

  • trauma research

  • child welfare

  • juvenile justice

  • program compliance



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, public administration, public health, social science, or closely related field.


  • Additional appropriate experience, as outlined above, will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

  • Additional appropriate education, as outlined above, will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis at the discretion of the program.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and proven experience working with federal laws and guidelines

  • Knowledge and proven experience working with state laws and regulations

  • Contract development and monitoring

  • Knowledge and proven experience working with state and national strategies

  • Proven experience engaging with diverse stakeholder groups

  • Experience with Google and Microsoft

  • Experience with Child and Adolescent Needs and Strength (CANS)

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in psychology, social work, public administration, public health, social science, or closely related field.

  • Colorado Licensure to include one of the following: Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, or Licensed Addiction Counselor.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Standard Background - Name check and TRAILS

  • Travel – Position travels approximately once per month for 1-4 nights for training events, meetings, and compliance site visits.

  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

  • As a condition of employment, this position is required to attest to and verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or, submit to twice-weekly serial testing. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination, or begin twice-weekly serial testing for COVID-19. Testing will take place in-person/at home/TBD and will be considered paid work time.

    Note: Be advised that “fully vaccinated” means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

    Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation will be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vaccination guidance. If you would like to request a medical or religious exemption, please contact


If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.

An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email ( ), postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.

For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to ; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at under Rules.

Supplemental Information


Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume to their application. Applications without a cover letter and resume will not be considered.

Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.

Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

Comparative Analysis Process

The Assessment Process:

Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The comparative analysis for this position will include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions. Applications and responses will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.

If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.

Note: Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection process.

If you have recruitment questions about this position please contact

ADAAA Accommodations:

CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at or call 1-800-929-0791

The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer

The State of Colorado offers permanent employees a variety of benefits including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, as well as a comprehensive leave program. Please click the following link for detailed information:

Please note that each agency's contact information is different; therefore, we encourage all applicants to view the full, official job announcement which includes contact information and class title. Select the job you wish to view, then click on the "Print" icon.


This position involves reviewing clinical assessments and treatment recommendations for children and youth with serious behavioral health and family systems problems. Please describe your experience working with children and youth with these types of problems.


Are you a current or previous employee? Enter yes or not in the space provided. If yes, enter 1) the State agency name 2) dates you were employed and 3) your employee number in the space provided.


This position involves consulting with human services professionals from a wide variety of state and provider agencies with respect to children and youth with behavioral health problems. Please describe your experience working with other professionals with these types of cases.


What are some of the most significant factors in ensuring high quality behavioral health services to children and youth?


Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application. In the space below, please provide an explanation as to why the prior termination or resignation should NOT disqualify your application from the current position.

Required Question


State of Colorado


See the full announcement by clicking the "Printer" icon located above the job title Location varies by announcement, Colorado, --



Please verify your email address Verify Email