The Behavioral Intervention Specialist is responsible for meeting the psycho-social needs individuals within his/her caseload through assessment, development and implementation of behavioral intervention plans, individual counseling, group counseling and crisis intervention services.
1. Responsible for the development, review and revision of all behavior support plans following all regulatory requirements. Works to ensure the integration, consistency, and appropriateness of plans. Develops behavior support plan in consultation, as clinically appropriate, with the person receiving services and/or other parties who are or will be involved with the implementation of the plan.
2. Has a full understanding of the OPWDD Behavior Support regulations and is able to reference specific components of the regulations in order to address issues and/or questions. Provides training on Behavior Support regulations as necessary including new-employee orientation. Reviews and revises Behavior Support policies as necessary.
3. Provides training to staff regarding specific behavior support plans, the implementation of the plan and regulatory requirements as needed. Provides training to staff in the area of behavior and cognition, as needed. Assists staff in ensuring that behavior support plans and services are implemented and documented correctly. Completes observations of the individual and/or the implementation of the plan as needed.
4. At the Day Habilitation Program, Residential Programs and Vocational programs, provides on-site direction and training to staff in managing difficult behaviors and assists with crisis intervention when appropriate.
5. Supports Community Residential, Day Habilitation Program and Vocational programs in the following ways: writes and monitors behavior management plans. If requested, trains residential and day habilitation staff on the implementation of plan. If needed, observes the implementation of the plan in the residential and day habilitation setting if an individual is having difficulty. Makes recommendations and/or revisions as necessary. Contact person for the community residential and day habilitation programs to secure Behavioral Intervention Specialist’s services will be the Asst. Directors of DH and Residential Services.
*Master's degree in clinical and/or treatment field of psychology and have had documented training in assessment techniques and behavioral support plan development
*At least (5) years of experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities, including the devising, implementation and monitoring of behavioral support plans and/or providing supervision and training to others in the implementation of behavior support plans