Behavior Health Specialist

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  • Post Date: November 5, 2017
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Job Summary:

RTF:  A Behavior Health Specialist (BHS) – working in the Residential Treatment Facility Program (RTF) works with high risk adolescents (ages 12-21) in an inpatient mental health treatment setting.  The setting is a sub-hospitalization licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health.  Adolescents served require 24/7 supervision while they engage in trauma resolution therapies and repair relationships with family to promote successful reintegration to their home communities.  BHS-RTF’s are responsible for providing a variety of behavioral interventions and trauma sensitive techniques to ensure that the adolescents maintain safety of self and others.  Providing role modeling, facilitating development of activities of daily living, and promoting the development of age appropriate social skills are also critical aspects of the position.


OCFS:  A BHS–OCFS works with high risk children in residential settings licensed by the Office of Child and Family Services.  These children and youth served range from infants to teens and require various levels of supervision, support, and intervention, as they work through and deal with the issues that have led to their placements.  Our goal for children in care is to help them heal from the traumas they have experienced and learn better coping strategies.  BHS–OCFS will be trained in trauma sensitivity and taught effective intervention strategies to use with children.  BHS–OCFS are responsible for providing behavioral intervention to promote safety, using trauma sensitive strategies.  BHS–OCFS will assist children to learn and develop age appropriate daily living skills to assist them to successfully reintegrate into their home communities.   BHS–OCFS will serve as role models and mentors.


Essential Job Duties:

  • Responsible for the direct supervision of the clients at all times.
  • Teaches clients living skills such as decision making, personal control, interpersonal communication and problem solving, dressing, grooming and eating.
  • Instructs and monitors to ensure that the daily routine, structure and habilitative programming is maintained and all related standards are met
  • Supervises and assists in transporting clients as required
  • Manages a clean and safe work environment
  • Assists in the planning and implementation of the treatment plan
  • Interacts with clients in ways that are therapeutic, respectful and trauma sensitive
  • Utilizes preventative and de-escalation techniques that are consistent with Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)
  • Completes all required paperwork (e.g.: ICMP, BIP, monthly summaries, daily logs etc.) including electronic record entry.
  • Performs any other duties listed on the program specific responsibility checklist assigned by the supervisor




At least one of the following must be met:

  • High School Diploma/GED with 5 years of direct care experience or;
  • Associate’s Degree in Human Services or a related field


Required License/Registration/ Certification:

  • NYS Driver’s License
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