Health Assistant

Texas Health & Human Services Commission Harlingen , TX 78551

Posted 2 weeks ago

Health Assistant

The Behavioral Health Assistant works within the Psychology Department performing routine psychological assistant work. Work involves assisting psychologists in the development of treatment strategies and the provision of therapy, completion of behavioral assessments and preference assessments, data collection and reporting, training direct care staff, assisting in the implementation of behavior programs, provision of special treatment sessions, substituting for psychologists at assigned meetings, and assisting in the administration of psychological and behavioral assessments. Works under moderate supervision with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. A flexible work schedule and overtime will be required. 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.

1.Assists psychologists in the development of treatment strategies and the provision of therapy.

2.Completes behavioral assessments and preference assessments.

3.Assists direct care staff in implementing behavior programs and provides special treatment sessions, and performs Safe Use of Restraint (SUR) when necessary.

4.Trains direct care staff.

5.Contributes to individuals' overall care plan by maintaining contact with both direct care and professional staff.

6.Collects, tabulates, and reports on behavioral and restraint data.

7.Substitutes for psychologists at assigned meetings.

8.Administers or assists in administering psychological and behavioral assessments.

Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

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 of:

  • Psychological theories and practice and regulatory guidelines as related to the field of developmental disabilities

  • Behavioral principles and behavioral research methodology, behavioral assessments

  • Positive behavioral supports

  • Facility operations and policies, procedures, laws, rules, standards, and guidelines

Ability to:

  • Implement psychological and behavioral treatment and therapy

  • Work with personal support teams and other committees

  • Train staff at all levels

  • Communicate effectively and provide accurate and complete oral and written reports

  • Use computers and relevant software

  • Assist or administer and score results of psychological and behavioral assessments

  • Become certified as a SUR instructor and provide such training.

Registration or Licensure


None Initial Selection Criteria:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in psychology, behavior analysis or a related field is generally preferred. Work experience in providing services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities may substitute for education.

Experience providing services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Experience training others. Experience training others and education may be substituted for one another.

Experience participating as a member of an interdisciplinary team to provide input into team decisions to facilitate service delivery.

Additional Information:

Requisition # 448864

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.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.

MOS Code:

Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 67D, 230X, 4EHX, 68W. 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

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

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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Health Assistant

Texas Health & Human Services Commission