Master’s Degree required state licensure required (LMSW, LMHC, LMFT, etc). Bilingual in Spanish preferred. Previous experience in Child Welfare required. NYS/CT driver’s license and own transportation required.
The Behavioral Health Specialist (BHS) for the Children’s Residential Programs (Hayden Diagnostic, Hayden School and TFFC-W) will provide clinical assessments and identify children in need of behavioral health referral for behavioral health services, and will make referrals and monitor treatment services for quality assurance. The BHS will further deliver psychotherapy/counseling services and participate in the development and delivery of staff and parent training. The BHS will establish communication and consultation links with caseworkers and other agency personnel and will develop cooperative relationships with provider agencies and serve as the liaison to these agencies for accessing behavioral health services.
- Conduct all clinical assessments for children enrolled in the programs including behavioral screenings, quarterly treatment plan reviews, and behavioral treatment planning..
- Provide for Screening of all new Treatment Family Foster Care (TFFC) program admissions to determine the need for a more extensive evaluation or for immediate referral for treatment within 30 days, including, Quarterly reports and behavioral screenings for new admission in TFFC
- Complete Individual Safety Management Plan (ISMPs) for new admissions at Hayden Diagnostic program
- Make the initial contact with the provider agency, prepare all referral material and secure initial appointment ie; Early Intervention.
- Ensure that proper consents are in place for treatment.
- Ensure that all the mandates for psychotropic medication are met and that providers are informed of DSS and Agency policies and procedures re: psychotropic medication.
- Offer consultation to caseworker for engaging the child and significant adults (e.g. parents, foster parents) in the treatment process.
- Ensure that proposed treatment plans are consistent with identified needs, and with the permanency planning goals.
- Obtain and review treatment plans for quality assurance, identifying impediments to treatment progress and need for Agency follow-up.
- Provide supportive and case consultation services to youth and Treatment Parents in accordance with Local Department of Social Services (LDSS) requirements.*
- Provide crisis intervention and support as needed. *