Reference #: 859796

Work Location: Delaware County

Location: Norwood

Position Type: Full-Time

Reports To: Director of Social Services

FLSA Status: Exempt

Shift: Day Shift

The Behavior Specialist, in conjunction with the Interdisciplinary Team, works to meet the emotional and behavior needs of the individuals served, by developing and implementing Behavior Support Plans that assist each person in communicating their wants and needs in an appropriate manner; assesses and identifies the need for Enhanced Levels of Supervision. In collaboration with each individual’s IDT, develops strategies to assist them in communication as effectively as possible and trains all support staff and team members in each Behavior Support Plan and need for Enhanced Levels of Supervision.


Essential Job Functions


  • Develop, implement and maintain all Behavioral and Support Plans and the associated tracking. 
  • Assesses the need for Enhanced Levels of Supervision and develops Enhanced Supervision Plans as needed.
  • Schedules and attends all psychiatric appointments for every individual on their caseload, and schedules counseling appointments, as needed
  • Revise plans annually (within 365 days) and as needed following special team meetings, psychiatrist’s orders or recommendations, or incidents.
  • Attends team meeting and incident reviews to ensure that the behavioral needs of each individual are met
  • Coordinates and trains on all Behavior Support Plans for their caseload and submits training records to the Director of Training for proper tracking.
  • Monitors all behavioral tracking via Care tracker and documents quarterly progress according to long term goals and objectives.  Makes revisions to documentation and tracking sheets as needed.
  • Conducts routine home visits to ensure that the Behavior Support Plan is meeting the needs of the individual.
  • Conducts functional assessments for target behaviors/symptoms annually and identifies baselines for new symptoms as needed
  • Participates in licensing inspections
  • Attends bi-monthly Human Rights Committee Meetings (HRC), to review behavioral data, review the need for continuance of restrictive procedures within plans and make recommendations for upcoming psychiatry appointments with regards to medications.
  • Attends weekly stand up meetings to review updates from DGV homes.
  • Maintains required paperwork and approvals for every individual on enhanced supervision.
  • Obtains HRC approval for interventions that could be viewed as restrictive, including but not limited to behavior support plans, enhanced supervision and psychotropic medication.
  • Develops Desensitization Plans as outlined by the IDT.
  • Participates and attends the Quarterly Management Committee Meetings as needed.
  • Updates the Psychiatric/Behavioral portion of each individual’s Annual Assessment Summary as part of the individual’s Individual Program Plan annually
  • Assists in the coordinator of Emergency Psychiatric Hospitalizations, and assists in the implementation of discharge instructions.
  • Will attend the Department of Human Services Certified Investigators Training and obtain and maintain certification, taking part in investigations as assigned by the Incident Management Team.


Education/ Experience:

A bachelor’s degree in a human services field (including but not limited to: sociology, special education, rehabilitation counseling, and psychology as well as two years’ experience working with people with  Intellectual Disabilities.


Certificates and Licenses:

Valid Driver's License and driving approval through the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will become a Certified Investigator within one year of start date

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