The Lufkin State Supported Living Center (SSLC) is seeking a Behavioral Health Specialist to join an interdisciplinary team of professionals to provide clinical care to residents of the SSLC. As an SSLC BHS III focusing on Behavior Support, you will work at the SSLC campus with a dynamic group of staff and professionals who are dedicated to providing supports and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is a team environment where staff clinicians collaborate to provide comprehensive care and services. To learn more about the SSLCs, see https://hhs.texas.gov/services/disability/intellectual-or-developmental-disabilities-idd-long-term-care.
The most important characteristic about State Supported Living Center employees is that we truly value and respect those we serve and believe in the mission that all people can achieve a higher level of wellness and independence. Our vision statement is "Individuals served at State Supported Living Centers will experience the highest quality of life, supported through a comprehensive array of services designed to maximize well-being, dignity, and respect."
The state of Texas offers many benefits to employees, including competitive salaries, career advancement, health and dental insurance, and paid vacation and sick leave.
The Behavioral Health Specialist III / Behavior Support:
The BHS III for Behavior Support provides behavior support services, including behavior observations, and performs data analysis, training of behavioral interventions, and the modeling of behavior support across settings commensurate with education and experience and under the review and supervision of a Board Certified, Licensed Behavior Analyst. 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, commensurate with the level of training toward Board Certification as a behavior analyst. Works under the review and supervision of a Board Certified, Licensed Behavior Analyst who reviews and signs that the observations and therapeutic interventions of the BHS III meets generally acceptable professional standards. Serves as a member of the Unit and Interdisciplinary Teams. Provides technical assistance and ensures training and feedback to staff responsible for implementing behavior support plans. Uses appropriate supervisory/management staff for assistance as needed. Participates in quality assurance and quality enhancement activities related to behavioral health service provision. Works with individuals who have complex needs and who may exhibit aggressive, self-injurious, and/or other challenging behaviors. The work schedule varies situationally based upon service needs. Works under moderate supervision with some latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment, based upon experience and skills The BHS III is 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 is provided by the Director of Behavioral Health Services or designee.
Essential Job Functions:
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.
Conducts observations and data analysis as part of functional behavioral assessments and ensures the training and modeling of implementation, and monitoring of behavior support plans, psychiatric support plans, and skill acquisition plans to meet individual's need with varying levels of independence based upon training and experience. A Board Certified Licensed Behavior Analyst reviews and signs the observations, staff instructions, and plans completed by the BHS III to ensure they meet generally acceptable professional standards.
Conducts or ensures training for staff in behavior supprts, 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, psychiatric support plans, and skills acquisition plans to ensure effective implementation. A Board Certified Licensed Behavior Analyst monitors the progress evaluations completed by the BHS V to ensure they meet generally acceptable professional standards.
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 behavior support 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 and review of psychotropic medications such that these medications are only used in conjunction with adequate nonpharmacological supports, including counseling plans, psychiatric support plans and behavior support plans.
Participates in quality assurance and quality enhancement activities related to psychological service provision.
Plans the work of, assigns duties to, and provides technical assistance to assigned staff to facilitate effective behavior service delivery as evidenced by effective performance on the part of assigned staff.
Assists 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.
Maintains current knowledge in relevant areas in behavioral analysis and behavioral health services and training techniques to provide maximally effective 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.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge and experience in administering the delivery of behavior analysis and behavioral health services to persons with intellectual disabilities.
Knowledge of etiology and characteristics of developmental disabilities.
Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and departmental and agency policy.
Knowledge of and ability to provide an array of behavioral health services based upon training and competencies.
Ability to administer discipline-specific assessments, including intelligence and adaptive behavior assessments.
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 work within a model of professional supervision and make decisions within broad guidelines and/or parameters.
Knowledge and skills in using personal computers and relevant software.
Ability to effectively communicate both written and orally.
Ability to work effectively within an interdisciplinary team.
Ability to organize and prioritize work and complete basic duties with moderate supervision.
Eligible to pursue board certification as a behavior analyst upon hire is preferred. Initial Selection Criteria:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, counseling, education, or applied behavior analysis, or a related discipline.
Experience in a clinical practicum or clinical project related to caregiving, or other experience in caregiver settings preferred.
Requisition # 430521
Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the minimum of the salary range.
All applicants must pass: pre-employment drug screen, fingerprint criminal background check, and Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Employee Misconduct Registry, and Nurse/Aide Registry checks, and HHS OIG List of Excluded Individuals/Entities checks. 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.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 60U, 60W, 210X, 92, MED10, 44PX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.
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