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Program Specialist

  • 507971
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: May 27 2022 at 23:55 MST


The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s Medicaid agency, is driven by its mission to deliver comprehensive, cost-effective health care to Arizonans in need. AHCCCS is a nationally acclaimed model among Medicaid programs, and a recipient of multiple awards for excellence in workplace effectiveness and flexibility. Among government agencies, AHCCCS is recognized for high employee engagement and satisfaction, supportive leadership, and flexible work environments, including remote work opportunities. With career paths for seasoned professionals in a variety of fields, entry-level positions, and internship opportunities, AHCCCS offers meaningful career opportunities in a competitive industry. AHCCCS employees are passionate about their work, committed to high performance, and dedicated to serving the citizens of Arizona.

Program Specialist

Posting Details:

Salary: $60,000 - $65,000 

Grade: 21

Job Summary:

The Division of Health Care Management (DHCM) is looking for a highly motivated individual to join our team as a Program Specialist. The Project Aware II Grant Co-Coordinator will provide technical assistance, services, and professional learning support through direct collaboration with contracted school districts to increase effectiveness of the mental health referral pathways and develop policies that address suicide prevention and post-vention in schools. Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Job Duties:

• Provide technical assistance, services, professional learning support through direct collaboration with state agencies, LEAs, RBHAs and MCOs to improve comprehensive school mental health programs, referral pathways and reduce the rate of youth suicide in Arizona.

• Act as a liaison between AHCCCS and Medicaid funded initiatives and ADE to identify ongoing opportunities for partnership, education, and program development to support Project AWARE initiatives.

• Provide at least three annual mental health literacy trainings and three presentations at outreach events that highlight the work of Project AWARE.

• Convene collaborative of MCOs and community providers to exchange information, collect and analyze data. Present meeting outcomes to ADE AWARE team to guide implementation of School Based Mental Health (SBMH)-to-Community MH provider pathways.

• Interpret data needs of grant and provide feedback that objectively discerns the use of data to perform continuous quality improvement measures within the State and LEA workplans, and review and update AWARE Comprehensive Plan quarterly, data evaluation plan annually, and LEA workplans monthly.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Principles and practices of behavioral health services and mechanisms of managed (prepaid) health care systems; preventative health practices; organization of health care systems and current trends that affect the systems, and research methodology and process

• Knowledge of the Arizona Public Behavioral Health system, including AHCCCS/Administrative policies and procedures

• Operational and programmatic expertise in the delivery and oversight of behavioral health services and programs

• Organizational skills that result in prioritization of multiple tasks

• Providing effective guidance and technical assistance regarding health care issues and the administration of AHCCCS behavioral health and integrated care programs.

• Analyze barriers or problems and make recommendations for improvements

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships, especially in a changing health care environment

Selective Preference(s):

• Five years clinical and programmatic experience in working with schools and the behavioral health service delivery systems including experience in a public managed care environment

• A licensed clinical social worker (LCSW); a Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner with Psychiatric-Mental Health specialty or a master’s or higher degree in a behavioral health or health related field.


At AHCCCS, we promote the importance of work/life balance by offering workplace flexibility and a variety of learning and career development opportunities. Among the many benefits of a career with the State of Arizona, there are 10 paid holidays per year, accrual of sick and annual leave, affordable medical benefits and participation in the Arizona State Retirement Plan.

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-417-4497.
Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.