Behavioral Health Special III - The Corpus Christi 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
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
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 evalutations 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
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
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
- Knowledge of etiology and characteristics of developmental
- Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and departmental and
- 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
- Ability to effectively communicate both written and
- Ability to work effectively within an interdisciplinary
- Ability to organize and prioritize work and complete basic
duties with moderate supervision.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
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
- Experience in a clinical practicum or clinical project related
to caregiving, or other experience in caregiver settings
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19
medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence
The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines
which are typically made at or near the minimum of the salary
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
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered
for employment at a state-operated facility.
Requisition ID: 474128 MOS Code:
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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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
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notify the person scheduling the interview.