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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH REHABILITATIVE SERVICES

Job Title: Behavioral Specialist Consultant (BSC)

A Doctoral or Master’s level position that provides behavioral intervention consultation to the treatment team. These services are designed to be consultative in nature, rather than direct service to the child or family.

 

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate to bring into proper order or relation – harmonious action efforts with the school personnel so that the plans complement each other.
  • Collaborate to work together with other members of the treatment team in order to design the implementation of a behavior plan.
  • Assessment and observation of the client at home, school and within the community.
  • To teach/educate/inform other members of the team about their roles in implementing the plan.
  • Consult with treatment when problems arise.
  • Design, revise, and monitor the behavioral modification/interventions plan in coordination with the treatment plan.

 

Behavioral Specialist does not:

  • Deliver direct therapy with client or family.
  • Babysit.
  • Substitute for a caregiver or perform caregiver duties.
  • Administer medication.
  • Replace or substitute for the teacher.
  • Supervise other treatment team members (oversee).
  • Provide transportation unless directed to do so by the Director of Children’s Services.
  • Provide testimony in court related to clinical judgment.

 

Responsibilities of the BSC through Creative Health:

  • BSC must attend monthly pod meetings.
  • BSC must attend monthly staff meetings.
  • Primary Clinician is required to have the initial treatment plan after the first two weeks regardless of having seen the initial evaluation.
  • BSC is required to update the coordinators at least a month on the current cases.  BSC is required to update more frequently if a crisis arises.
  • BSC must have a bi-weekly case update contact with all treatment team members.
  • BSC must complete Functional Behavioral Analysis and Progress Summaries every 4 months.
  • Progress Notes and Encounter Forms must be in on a timely manner.

 

Qualification/Requirements:

  • A graduate degree in psychology, social work, counseling, education or other appropriate human services field.
  • Act 33 & 34 clearances as provided by Child Protective Services Law, 23 PA C.S. 16301.

Interest in applying as a BehavioralSpecialist Consultant (BSC)?
Contact Frank Pogash, Director of Community Based Children's Services @fpogash@creativehs.org


Job Title: Therapeutic Staff Support – TSS

Department: Children’s Services

Reports to: Director of Children’s Services

Job Description:

  • One-to-one direct intervention with children
  • Provide positive behavioral reinforcement
  • Provide redirection
  • Provide Timeout strategies
  • Record data on progress of child’s goals
  • Cueing and prompting
  • Debriefing
  • Transferring of skills to adult caregivers
  • Attendance at weekly TSS supervision
  • Completion/Filing of week/monthly paperwork i.e.: billing, invoices, encounter forms, progress reports, etc.
  • Attendance of required trainings
  • Open communication with Director, coordinators and office staff about any concerns, problems, and questions

Requirements:

  • Persons with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, social work, counseling, sociology, education, criminal justice, or similar human service field, with no previous work experience.
  • Persons with a Bachelor’s Degree in any other field, with the equivalent of at least one year of full-time paid work experience in a job that involved direct contact with children or adolescents.
  • Licensed registered nurses, with the equivalent of at least one year of full-time paid work experience in a job that involved direct contact with children or adolescents.
  • Persons with and Associates Degree, or sixty credits toward a Bachelor’s Degree, with the equivalent of at least three years of full-time paid work experience in a job that involved direct contact with children or adolescents, other than as  a TSS Aide.
  • Licensed practical nurses, with the equivalent of at least three years of full-time paid work experience in a job that involved direct contact with children or adolescents.
  • PA Child Abuse Clearance, PA Criminal Record Check and FBI background check.

As explained in MA Bulletin 01/01/05, for the purpose of evaluating paid work experience, a “job that involved direct contact with children” is a job such as a position working directly with children or adolescence in the mental health, mental retardation, early intervention, children and youth, juvenile justice, education, drug and alcohol, day care or health systems.

Time for which an individual received a stipend or payment for work experience obtained for educational credit or required for a college degree or professional license may be included in the calculation of either educational credit or paid work experience, but not both.

These requirements apply to all TSS workers, whether agency employees, independent contractors, contract workers, or workers in any other employment status. TSS services provided by staff who does not meet the specified minimum staff qualifications are ineligible for MA payment from either the Department or HealthChoices Behavioral Health Managed Care Organizations.

Except as modified by this bulletin, MA Bulletin 01-01-05 remains in effect.

Interest in applying as a Therapeutic Staff Support – TSS?

Contact Frank Pogash, Director of Community Based Children's Services @  fpogash@creativehs.org 


Job Title:  Drug & Alcoho­l COUNSELOR / OUTPATIENT

TASK AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • To provide direct treatment (individual, group, couples, and family counseling).
  • To be responsible for assessing clients needs on his/her caseload.
  • To be familiar with and to utilize the record keeping system.
  • To keep the program Director and Medical Director up-to-date on all cases.
  • To attend in-service training for treatment staff.
  • To protect and respect clients’ rights to confidentiality.
  • To maintain contact with referral sources.
  • To implement behavior and modification programs.
  • To attend those meetings (e.g. staff meetings, etc.) deemed appropriate by supervisor.
  • To be familiar with and utilize billing procedures.
  • To maintain case record of each assigned client according to regulatory body standards and agency guidelines and procedures.
  • To provide monthly activity reports.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • A counselor must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a social science are (e.g. psychology, counseling or addictions studies).
  • A Bachelor’s level counselor must have a minimum of one year experience in the field of substance abuse and one year experience in the field of mental health.
  • A counselor must be knowledgeable and trained in basic counseling skills (individual, group, couples, and family), substance-related, mental health and co-occurring disorders, their related problem and evidenced-based treatment strategies.
  • A counselor must have completed the core D&A trainings mandated by BDAP/DOH or complete the trainings one year from date to hire.
  • A counselor must have completed the core COD trainings mandated by OMSHA 06-03 or completed the trainings one year from date or hire.

RELATIONSHIP OF COUNSELOR TO PROGRAM SUPERVISOR:

  • Each counselor is responsible for weekly contact with his/her supervisor.

PATH OR CAREER LADDDER:

  • Counselors are expected to have a commitment to the counseling field.
  • Counselors are encouraged to experience additional training, which may be subsidized by the program.

WORKING CONDITONS, LOCATION, MATERIALS, AND EQUIPMENT TO BE USED:

  • Each counselor will have a counseling office equipped with a computer and phone.
  • Psycho-educational substance-related and mental health-related VHS/DVD films and video equipment will be available for clients for sessions.
  • Psycho-educational substance-related and mental health-related informational publications will be available for clinical use.

Interest in applying as a Drug & Alcohol CONTRACTOR/COUNSELOR?

Contact Karen Becker, M ED, Director Outpatient Services/Project Coordinator @ kbecker@creativehs.org


Job Title: Mental Health Outpatient Therapist – Contracted

Department: MHOP – Mental Health Outpatient

Reports to: Director of MHOP

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts initial assessments, including diagnosis according to standards published in the current edition of the DSM, of new and existing consumers
  • Develops a plan of treatment that is recovery-oriented and tailored to the specific needs of the consumer for whom it is written
  • Conducts individual, family, and/or group psychotherapy using generally accepted techniques employed in a manner consistent with ethical standards of practice
  • If licensed, maintains license as current at all times.  Maintenance of a current license shall qualify as having met minimum annual training requirements

a.     If not licensed or license-eligible, attends regular clinical supervision with a licensed practitioner and attends at least 20 hours of continuing education/relevant training per year.

  • Participates in the agency and program-specific quality assurance and improvement plans
  • Cooperates and collaborates with other members of the team in a manner which promotes the growth and healthy development of consumers served and the agency as a whole
  • Maintains the clinical record according to agency standards and system requirements for each consumer assigned
  • Participates in assignment team meetings and other meetings as assigned
  • Appropriately plans for and coordinates continuity of care of consumers
  • Reports all unusual incidents, accidents, conflicts of interest, or other issues potentially problematic to the agency, staff, or consumer(s) promptly to the Outpatient Director.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Meets or exceeds credentialing as a Mental Health Professional or Mental Health Worker as determined during initial contract.
  • Master’s Degree required, License Preferred.

Creative Health Services reserves the right to revise or change this description as the need arises. This description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Interest in applying as a Mental Health Outpatient Therapist – Contracted?

Contact Karen Becker, M ED, Director Outpatient Services/Project Coordinator @ kbecker@creativehs.org


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THRIVE…with Connection and Support.

 

Every day we:

  • provide support to those struggling with mental illness;
  • fight the stigma that surrounds behavioral disorders;
  • educate the community that mental illness is treatable; and
  • advocate for equal care for those battling these issues.

 

Community:  We strive to be a positive presence in the areas wherewe work and live and because of this, Creative Health exists to serve members of the community.

Growth:  We desire to develop, expand and support programs and services that the community needs.

Stability & Sustainability: To provide effective and timely behavioral health services we develop, evaluate and maintain a stable organizational system that will remain in existence for as long as we are needed.