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Behavior Specialist

Merakey is a leading developmental, behavioral health and education provider offering a breadth of integrated services to individuals and communities across the country.
We leverage our size and expertise to develop innovative solutions and new models of care to meet the needs of individuals, their families, public and private healthcare funders and community partner organizations.
We recognize that complex needs require a holistic approach. With our experience, expertise and compassion, we empower everyone within our communities to reach their fullest potential.
With a rich tradition spanning 50 years with nearly 10,000 employees, Merakey, formerly NHS, provides care to over 40,000 adults and children throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee.
+ The stability that comes with working for a national leader providing education and human services to individuals with special needs
+ Highly competitive compensation plans
+ Career advancement opportunities in a rapidly growing company
+ Flexible scheduling
+ Benefits for all employees including marketplace savings program (discounts on cell phone plans, shopping, travel and more); Wellness programs (including discounted gym memberships, mail order prescription plans); legal and financial services; 24-hour nurse hotline; life/disability coverage; and Employee Assistance Program
+ Benefits for qualifying employees including medical, dental & vision coverage; flexible spending account; 403B retirement plan with company contribution
+ Generous PTO plans including vacation, sick, and holiday pay for qualifying employees
As a member of the Dual Diagnosis Treatment Team (DDTT), the Behavioral Specialist is a qualified behavioral health professional who possesses the clinical skills and practical experience to assess, plan, develop, coordinate and provide treatment, rehabilitation and support services to program individuals with BH and IDD diagnosis (Dually Diagnosed) under the clinical supervision of the Program Director and Psychiatrist. You will also be responsible for the following:
+ Conduct Functional Behavioral Assessments and establish individualized protocols for ongoing data collection and evaluation;
+ Use Behavioral Analysis techniques to develop and write comprehensive treatment plans that identify individual goals and behavioral support interventions as part of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary treatment team;
+ Observe individuals in various community settings and collect data for the purpose of developing and evaluating behavioral support plans;
+ Provide clinical leadership to the team and collaborate with program individuals, their family, and their extended supports for the purpose of developing and applying positive behavioral interventions that do not include restraint procedures (physical, chemical or mechanical);
+ Provide individual and group supportive interventions and symptom management ensuring that immediate changes in the treatment plan are made, as necessary;
+ Implement activities and strategies identified in the participant's behavior support plan;
+ Monitor implementation of the behavior support plan, and revises as needed;
+ Conduct training related to the implementation of behavior support plans for the participant, family members, and other direct supports;
+ Provide service delivery coordination, including coordinating and monitoring the activities of the individual's treatment team;
+ Act as a liaison and consult with community agencies and families to maintain coordination in the treatment process;
+ Work collaboratively with the program's psychiatric nurse, pharmacist, and psychiatrist to coordinate medication monitoring and adjustment;
+ Participate in individual and team supervisions and meetings;
+ Provide additional consultation, as needed;
+ Complete required paperwork related to data collection, progress reporting and development of planning material;
www.merakey.org at http://www.merakey.org/
In addition to completing your application, please feel free to email your resume directly to our recruiter at karla.kelvington@merakey.org
_Merakey is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer!_
+ Master's degree in social work, psychology, or other human services related major is required;
+ Applied Behavioral Analysis coursework or post-degree training required;
+ License or license eligible is required, LBS preferred;
+ Certification or working toward certification in Behavioral Analysis preferred, BCBA or BCaBA;
+ One year of experience providing clinical supervision to non-clinical staff is required;
+ Experience working with dually diagnosed Intellectually Disabled and Behavioral Health population is required;
+ Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with dually diagnosed individuals using person-centered recovery principles in a recovery driven service system;
+ Valid PA Drivers License and appropriate state and federal clearances are required.
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