Venture Community Services

Behavioral Health Specialist

US-MA-Sturbridge
2 months ago
Job ID
2017-1838
Type
Regular Full-Time
Schedule
Monday through Friday
Category
Clinical

Overview

The Behavioral Health Specialist reports to the Vice President of Quality Assurance / Clinical & Behavioral Services and is responsible for providing the highest quality behavioral services to the people supported by Venture Day and Residential programs with regard to behavioral/clinical functions.  This position is closely involved with program participants, staff, and management. This position will be compensated on an hourly basis.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement individualized behavior plans, providing staff training and support as requested.
  • Work closely with the agency BCBA’s.
  • Review and interpret data prior to making behavior plan changes.
  • Conduct functional behavior assessments using staff interviews and direct observation to gather information.
  • Initiate baseline data tracking for new behaviors, providing forms and instructions to direct support staff.
  • Develop transition plans for new referrals.
  • Complete ISP behavioral assessments following the ISP schedule on the Behavior Plan Tracking sheet in Excel.
  • Ensure least restrictive/aversive interventions are considered and implemented before more restrictive/aversive interventions are tried.
  • Participate in Risk Review meetings, providing data relating to risk.
  • Initiate recommendations for additional clinical, psychological, forensic evaluation, therapy, and other outside assessments as needed.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain tools necessary for carrying out behavioral intervention plans in a timely manner (i.e. visual schedules, token systems, etc.).
  • Ensure timely response to behavioral requests by the Vice President of Quality Assurance / Clinical & Behavioral Services.
  • Provide training in behavior plan development, behavior plan management, DDS regulations and Human Rights as needed/requested.
  • Complete behavioral section of the Service Needs Assessment for both day habilitation locations.
  • Apprise the Vice President of Quality Assurance / Clinical & Behavioral Services of behavioral requests, clinical observations, and work being accomplished in both day habilitation settings.
  • Be knowledgeable in emergency physical restraint and intervention procedures.
  • Review incident reports, as needed, relating to behavior, identifying trends and possible behavioral needs of the individual.
  • Assist with completing informational packets for site supervisors to bring to psychiatric appointments including data collected on behaviors, and other pertinent information to be shared with the psychiatrist.
  • Ensure plan compliance with DDS and Medicaid regulations for behavior modification.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field, preferred. 
  • Minimum of three years of professional level experience in ABA/relevant field.
  • Must be 21+ years old, have a High School Diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license, daily use of a car on site and be available by telephone for daily contact.

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