Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Fidelity Specialist - MSASS

Description: CABH COE Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Fidelity Specialist

Date: September 21, 2022

Title: Research Associate: Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Fidelity Specialist

Department: Center of Innovative Practices at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research & Education

School: Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Location: Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Supervisor Name and Title: Kim Meyer, Research Associate, Director of Fidelity and Quality Management


CIP is home to a multi-disciplinary team of behavioral healthcare professionals in the areas of systems of care, child, youth and family mental health, substance abuse, trauma, and resilience, providing consultation and technical assistance at the local and state levels on evidence-based practices, program implementation, fidelity evaluation, and system of care policies and practices.


Working under the supervision of the Director of Fidelity and Quality Management, the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Fidelity Specialist will be responsible for coordinating and conducting fidelity evaluation of evidenced-based and evidence-supported practices (EBPs and ESPs) for the OhioRISE and Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) state initiatives.  These EBPs and ESPs include but are not limited to: Intensive Home-Based Treatment, Mobile Response Stabilization Services, High Fidelity Wraparound, and Motivational Interviewing.  The Children’s Behavioral Health Fidelity Specialist works collaboratively to support the State’s efforts to achieve a sustainable system of care across Ohio, through provider development, capacity building, and quality management of evidence-based and evidence-supported practices. 



  1. Participate in onsite fidelity evaluations, data collection and management including; review of program policy and procedures, staff interviews, staff meeting observation, front-line staff shadowing, consumer interviews and records reviews. (30%)
  2. Provide time-based stakeholder quality reports. Write fidelity reports and provide to providers and state regulators. (20%)
  3. Coordinate scheduling and documentation requests for fidelity evaluation related activities, conduct pre-site visit interviews, ensure all materials needed for the evaluation are provided to reviewers in advance of the review, ensure all reviewer evaluation documents are turned into the evaluation department in a timely manner, schedule consensus calls, track completion of consensus calls, and fidelity reports are provided to programs within contractual timelines. (20%)
  4. Provide fidelity readiness technical assistance to providers to assist them in preparing for fidelity reviews. (20%)
  5. Enter all fidelity data into Fidelity Tracking system (5%)
  6. Identify and track quality and implementation trends; collaborate and inform stakeholders; participate in the development of state-wide improvement plans. (5%)



  1. Functional knowledge of state children’s behavioral health policies, rules and practices including

OhioRISE and Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) initiatives

  1. Working knowledge of the OhioRISE service workflows and protocols.
  2. Comprehensive understanding of core COE grant services including but not limited to: MRSS, IHBT, HFWA, MST, FFT, CANS assessment
  3. Quality improvement/Quality assurance skills 
  4. Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills  
  5. Ability to work with limited supervision while being highly self-motivated and self-directed
  6. Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment
  7. Highly organized with strong management skills
  8. Maintain positive collaborative relationships with agency, county, state, and national partners
  9. Ohio CANS certification



Experience:  Minimum of a Master’s Degree and Independent licensure with supervisory credentials in one of the following disciplines:  Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, or Psychologist. A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in training, management, and program implementation within the mental health and substance abuse system.  Experience in implementing evidence-based and best practices. 



General working conditions.  In-state travel is required.  Non-traditional and flexible work schedule and location.   



In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



  • Perform other duties as assigned. 
  • Follow policies of CWRU in regard to reporting employee expenses, and activity for grant reporting.


All resumes and cover letters should be sent to Heather Distin, Project Director, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at