Behavioral Health Specialist V

Texas Health & Human Services Commission Carlsbad, TX
Behavioral Health Specialist V - San Angelo State Supported Living CenterThe Behavioral Health Specialist V - Behavior Analyst will be hired and directly supervised by the Unit Director in consultation with the Director of Behavioral Health Services (Unit Model) or hired and directly supervised by the Director of Behavioral Health Services (Departmental Model). Professional supervision will be provided by the Director of Behavioral Health Services or a designee who is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The Behavioral Health Specialist V will be accountable to the Unit Director/Director of Behavioral Health Services for the delivery of behavior analysis services, including assessments, simple and complex data analysis, simple and complex behavioral interventions, and behavior analysis consultation, as well as serving as a member of the Unit and Interdisciplinary Teams. Dependent upon the level of training toward Board Certification as a behavior analyst, he/she is responsible for assisting in the development, , implementation,, and evaluation of behavior support plans (including comprehensive functional behavioral assessments), staff training, data collection and reporting, and program evaluation. The Behavioral Health Specialist V will provide technical supervision and ensure training and feedback to staff responsible for implementing behavior support plans and will use appropriate supervisory/management staff for assistance as needed. The Behavioral Health Specialist V may be required to plan, assign, and supervise the work of others. The Behavioral Health Specialist V develops and implements systems for improved resident care and management. The Behavioral Health Specialist V participates in quality assurance and quality enhancement activities related to psychological service provision. The Behavioral Health Specialist V may be requested to act as Director of Behavioral Health Services in the temporary absence of the Director or Assistant Director. The Behavioral Health Specialist V may be required to work with individuals who are violent. The work schedule may vary, situational based upon service needs. The Behavioral Health Specialist V works under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. The Behavioral Health Specialist V will serve as Chair of the Restraint Reduction Committee. The Behavioral Health Specialist V will supervise the Skill Acquisition Program processes and implementation of these programs.Essential Job Functions:

Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.Dependent upon the level of training toward Board Certification, conducts simple to complex functional behavioral assessments and ensures development and approval of simple to complex behavior support plans to meet resident needs.Conducts or ensures training for staff in applied behavior analysis, individual behavior support plans and other relevant topics to provide adequate staff training to facilitate optimal treatment and training.Monitors and evaluates behavior support plans to ensure effective implementation.May assist or develop other types of behavioral health service plans, including psychiatric support plans and skill acquisition plans. Provides documentation (including data, graphs, and progress notes) to reflect and evaluate individual's response to treatment. Participates as an effective member of the Unit and Interdisciplinary Teams to provide behavioral analysis and behavioral health information and programming perspectives to facilitate overall service delivery. Monitors and evaluates use of restraints and emergency procedures and ensures their accurate and timely documentation to ensure appropriate and minimal use. Assists in the coordination in the use and review of psychotropic medications such that these medications are only used in conjunction with adequate nonpharmacological supports, including counseling plans, and psychiatric support plans and behavior support plans.Develops and implements behavioral health systems for improved resident care and management and participates in quality assurance and quality enhancement activities related to psychological service provision.Plans the work of, assigns duties to, and supervises assigned staff to facilitate effective service delivery as evidenced by effective performance on the part of assigned staff. May assist in collecting information for evaluations to assess individuals' level of intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior. Collects and summarizes information for behavioral health assessments and annual updates. Assures all psychological evaluations to assess individuals' level of intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior are performed in order to meet individual needs. Maintains current knowledge in relevant areas in behavioral analysis and behavioral health services and training techniques to provide maximally effective services. Will serve as Chair of the Restraint Reduction Committee. The Behavioral Health Specialist V will supervise the Skill Acquisition Program processes and implementation of these programs. Serves on the Behavior Support Plan Peer Review Committee. Acts as the Assistant Director of Behavioral Services in the temporary absence of the Assistant Director of Behavioral Services, provides after hours on-call support as requested, and informs the Director of Behavioral Health Services in a timely manner and with recommendations for correction regarding any significant issues related to behavioral services.Performs special assignments as requested. Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. Knowledge Skills Abilities:

Knowledge and experience in administering the delivery of behavior analysis and behavioral health services to persons with intellectual disabilities. Knowledge regarding etiology and characteristics of developmental disabilities. Knowledge regarding applicable laws, regulations, and departmental and agency policy. Knowledge in and ability to provide an array of behavioral health services based upon training and competency.Knowledge and skills in the administration of discipline specific assessments, including assessments of intelligence and adaptive behavior. Knowledge and skills in applied behavior analysis and behavior support plan development, implementation, and evaluation. Ability to train staff in behavior support plan implementation and basic psychological/behavioral concepts. Ability to professionally supervise paraprofessional staff. Ability to work within a model of professional supervision and make decisions within broad guidelines/parameters. Knowledge and skills in using personal computers and relevant software. Completion of required supervisory training, as needed, including Positive Performance Program, Employee Selection Process, and Human Resources within the first 90 days of employment.Skills in effective written and oral communication.Ability to use CPR and PMAB techniques.Ability to work effectively within an interdisciplinary team.Ability to organize/prioritize work and complete basic duties with minimal supervision.Commitment to facility workplace and service values.Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's degree in psychology, behavior analysis, education, or a related discipline. Must attain certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board as a Board Certified Behavior Analysis within three years of hire.Note: A masters in counseling will not be accepted as qualifying for Board Certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.Initial Selection Criteria:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's degree in psychology, behavior analysis, education, or a related discipline. Must be eligible to attain certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst within three years of hire.Must have at least two years postgraduate (after the Master's degree is received) experience in service delivery in, behavior analysis, skill acquisition training, behavioral health services or related services. Note: A masters in counseling will not be accepted as qualifying for Board Certification by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.Additional Information:

Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the minimum of the salary range.Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aide, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct and HHS OIG List of Excluded Individuals/ Entities. Males between the ages of 18 – 25 must be registered with the Selective Service. All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to Random drug testing.Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours.Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 67D, 230X, 4EHX, 68W. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspxReq ID 380422 MOS Code:

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