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The Health Care Authority is hiring a Criminal Legal System and Blake Projects Unit Supervisor
February 10, 2023 | Chinami Arai

The Health Care Authority is hiring a Criminal Legal System and Blake Projects Unit Supervisor in the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.

Salary : $70,524.00 – $98,724.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type: Full Time – Permanent

Department: Health Care Authority
Job Number: 2023-02039
Division: BHR
Closing: 2/20/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

This position manages a team responsible for behavioral health programs involving the criminal legal system and/or related to the Blake bill (Engrossed Senate Bill 5476). This individual supervises and mentors a newly-arranged team of nine program and project staff, oversees program and policy development, and ensures collaboration with relevant program partners across HCA divisions. The ideal candidate will have experience with the criminal legal system and bring leadership experience to a team of staff working mostly off-site.


Some of what you will do:
Develop and manage the statewide implementation of criminal legal system projects funded through state and federal appropriations and programs enacted under Engrossed Senate Bill 5476 (addressing State v. Blake). Support implementation of services that address the needs of individuals in the criminal legal system with a focus on improving health, quality of life, and access to supportive services for individuals who use drugs, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, treatment support, harm reduction services, and recovery support services.

  • Supervise the Criminal Legal System and Blake Projects Unit, which is responsible for developing policy, contracts, training, research, and initiatives in the criminal legal system and in response to State V. Blake.
  • Provide leadership, empowerment, and supervision to unit team members while delegating appropriate authority to assist team members to carry out their responsibilities.
  • Supervise and coach team members, reviewing status of current projects, initiatives, and reports and identifying strategic solutions to address obstacles and implement change.
  • Review and approve decisions made by staff and analyze impact of those decisions on the provision of behavioral health treatment in the criminal legal system.
  • Establish strategic intra- and inter-agency partnerships to enhance substance use disorder treatment, supportive services, and applicable research goals.
  • Manage and coordinate all elements of Engrossed Senate Bill 5476 in coordination with the section manager and senior project manager.
  • Review behavioral health system needs and provide leadership about state and federal regulations that support SUD treatment and the intersection with the criminal legal system within Medicaid State Plan, rule and policy, SAMHSA Federal Block Grant requirements, and other state- and federally-funded initiatives.
  • Direct the development of new or expanded services in the criminal legal system as required by state, federal, agency, or division policy or law.
  • Determine and approve strategies for system change and development, utilizing management information and work with consumers, advisory committees, system partners and other stakeholders, including Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organizations (BH- ASO), and other external partners.
  • Official communication on budget or major policy issues with federal officials or congressional elected officials.
  • Provide general oversight of DBHR efforts in carrying out objectives and implementation of departmental initiatives related to the criminal legal system, including oversight and management of procurement processes and negotiating contractual terms with contractors.
  • Provide guidance for politically sensitive issues, significant incidents, or reported actions that may have a negative impact on DBHR or HCA.
  • Develop grant applications to address emerging SUD needs of court-involved individuals in Washington State.
  • Manage awarded grants, including negotiating and monitoring program and evaluation contracts, writing required grant records, and ensuring grant deliverables are met in a timely manner.
  • Develop and facilitate stakeholder and oversight committees as required by grants, and actively participate in federal/foundation grantee meetings.

Required qualifications:

Qualified candidates will meet one of the three criteria options below:

  • Master’s or other advanced degree in social services, behavioral health services, criminal justice, public administration, or another relevant field AND five years of experience working in a public behavioral health or court system with specific duties related to substance use disorders, administration, and/or managed behavioral healthcare
  • Bachelor’s degree in the disciplines listed above AND seven years of experience as described above.
  • Note: Additional related professional experience may substitute year-for-year for the degree requirements.

Qualified candidates will also have the following experience:

  • Extensive experience recruiting, developing, and supervising staff with diverse assignments.
  • Grant writing and grant management experience.
  • Experience working with criminal legal system community partners, preferably within programs that seek to divert individuals from jail and/or prison and into treatment.


This position is posted until Monday, February 20, at 11:59pm.

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