Behavioral Health Specialist Lead

POSITION SUMMARY

The Lead Behavioral Health Specialist provides support and assistance to Providers, other BHS staff, and their patients without engaging in extended specialty mental health care.  Makes recommendations to Provider relative to psychological intervention strategies and conducts follow-up consultations to reinforce provider generated interventions.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

1.  Makes recommendations to Providers relative to psychological intervention strategies and conducts follow-up consultations to reinforce behavioral health interventions.

2.  Assist with general shift duties and responsibilities for Behavioral Health Specialists.

3.  Assist with orientation and training regarding department specific competencies.

4.  Coordinates communication of shift activity and behaviors with clinical team.

5.  Assists with recruitment and interviewing of prospective employees.

6.  Assists with facilitation of weekly staff meetings.

7.  Individual and group supervision of Behavioral Health Specialists.

8.  Monitor and ensure compliance regarding room searches, and fire/disaster drills.

9.  Assist with data collection and outcome studies as directed.

10.  Coordinates shift scheduling and emergency coverage.

11.  Maintain and monitor needed supplies

12.  Performs assessment and triage of patients by conducting a brief screening visit.

13.  Conducts group classes to promote skill building or education

14.  Completes all assigned tasks as scheduled.

15.  Monitors and reports consumers' behavior.

16.  Assists staff with recreational programs offered to consumers.

17.  Keeps unit safe, clean and comfortable for both consumers and staff.

18.  Works with the unit for compliance of safety issues and infection control.

19.  The employee must work well under pressure meeting multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines.  The employee shall, at all times, demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues and supervisors.

20.  Provides customer service to internal and external customers and stakeholders.

21.  Participates in the Performance Improvement Processes of The Guidance Center.

22.  Willingness to learn.

23.  Other duties as assigned.

24.  Provides support and assistance to meet consumer needs including helping with ADLS (activity of daily living) as needed.

25.  Responds to psychiatric codes and intervenes pro-actively using de-escalation techniques (training provided by TGC) including the least restrictive interventions appropriate for the situation.

26.  Conducts and documents group classes to promote skill building or education.

27.  Completes all required paperwork in a timely and accurate manner.

28.  Monitors and reports behavior of consumers to the treatment team.

29.  Keeps unit safe, clean and comfortable for both consumers and staff.

30.  Works with the unit for compliance of safety issues and infection control.

31.  Works well under pressure, and able to work well with high acuity consumers and effectively de-escalate situation when needed.

1.  Collect and report consumer vital signs, height, and weight and meal percentages.

2.  Electronically document the status of each consumer every 15 minutes.

3.  Ensure compliance and adequate services, additional job duties may be required to meet the needs of the program and/or department.

4.  Completes all required training within the required time frames.

EDUCATION/KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS

Required:

High School Diploma or GED

3-5 years Behavioral Health Experience

Two years' experience working in behavioral health, education, human services or caregiving; or other combination of education and experience, approved by HR.

Ability to obtain Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card.

At least 21 years of age or older.

Valid AZ driver's license.

Preferred:

Valid CNA license.

AA or bachelor's degree in a behavioral health related field

ACCOMMODATIONS

TGC will provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, unless it would cause undue hardship.  We define reasonable accommodation as any change in the work environment or in the way a job is performed that enables a person with a disability to enjoy equal employment opportunities.  We will make a good faith effort to list any special requirements in our job descriptions.  The physical demands of this position warrant: Sedentary Work Occasionally lifting up to 10 pounds. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.

I have reviewed and received a copy of this Job Description.  I understand my job responsibilities and performance expectations/standards.  I further understand that I may be responsible for other activities not listed in this document.  I have reviewed and received a copy of this Job Description and Performance Appraisal/Competency assessment document.  I understand my job responsibilities and performance expectations/standards.  I further understand that I may be responsible for other activities not listed in this document.

CONFIDENTIALITY LEVEL

This position is expected to be temporarily assigned to the inpatient unit for approximately 3-4 months. After that, it may be reassigned to any other unit depending on business needs.

Under Federal confidentiality laws, personnel of the Clinic may not disclose information about clients or personnel to anyone outside the Clinic without the person's prior written consent and may not disclose this information to others within the Clinic except on a "need to know basis". This includes any identifying information concerning current, past or prospective clients or personnel.