Health Program Specialist II (Senior Policy Specialist) – Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health
On behalf of the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH), California Correctional Health Care Services is seeking an independent, highly skilled, subject matter expert on research and policy analysis to inform strategic planning and policy recommendations.
Established in 2001, CCJBH is a collaborative council chaired by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s secretary and appointed experts from both the criminal justice and behavioral health fields. Together, they promote and support data-driven decision-making on both policy and program issues to reduce the number of incarcerated men and women with mental health and substance use disorders.
In this key position, you will:
Provide leadership to identify data-driven best practices and policy approaches to address the needs of individuals with behavioral health challenges who interact with the criminal justice system and to support the adoption of best practices in community services and supervision
Research and evaluate health and justice policies using both qualitative and quantitative methods
Coordinate the analytical and reporting needs of stakeholders and conduct research activities to investigate and analyze subject areas in which stakeholders lack knowledge and/or experience
Conduct ongoing analysis and evaluation of a broad range of policies ad community programs that have statewide, immediate, and long-range impact on reducing state and local incarceration rates of youths and adults with behavioral health challenges
Write fact sheets, issue papers, and reports on policy recommendations
Identify and provide tools and other data-driven research to inform best practices and policy approaches, e.g. web-based dashboards
Prepare legislative updates and analyses of legislative proposals with support from CCJBH analysts
Present recommendations at trainings, conferences, and at the CCJBH meetings
To thrive in this role, you must have:
Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Administration, Hospital Administration, Comprehensive Health Planning, Public Administration, or closely related field (one year of additional specialized qualifying experience may be substituted for Master’s degree)
Four years of progressively responsible experience in health program administration (at least two of which must have included independent responsibility for a significant program; with experience in program planning and/or evaluation and making recommendations to management). A Doctoral degree in Public Health, Health Administration, Health Planning, Public Administration, or a closely related health professional field may be substituted for one year of general experience
Strong analytical skills to utilize data to drive policy-making decisions that promote best practices in behavioral health and criminal justice systems
Excellent leadership, project management, strategic planning, organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills
The ability to exercise a high degree of initiative and independence of action while also working collaboratively with professionals across multiple sectors, including research, philanthropy, health care, social welfare, and criminal justice systems
In return for your efforts, we offer a competitive compensation package, including:
Generous paid time off and holiday schedule
Secure State of California retirement that vests in five years
Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance options
Robust 401(k) and 457 retirement plans
And much more
This distinctive opportunity is available at CCHCS’ Headquarters in Elk Grove. Located approximately 15 miles south of Sacramento, Elk Grove is a friendly bedroom community featuring modern neighborhoods, excellent schools, and all of the amenities you desire.
Take the first step in joining this innovative program and apply online:
About California Correctional Health Care Services
Established to oversee and provide timely access to quality health care in all adult correctional facilities operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in California, California Correctional Health Care Services is seeking dedicated health care professionals to continue this important mission. In return we offer all of the benefits of employment with State of California, including comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance options; generous paid time off; and retirement options that include a pension and 401(k) and 457 accounts. Plus, with locations throughout the state, you’re sure to find your perfect fit!