(1717) Crisis Intervention Specialist

Job Description

The Crisis Intervention Specialist (CIS) serving Bastrop, Lee and Fayette Counties will provide dedicated assistance for individuals with diagnoses of IDD and/or Autism and co-occurring behavioral health or behavioral conditions through working with Behavioral Health Crisis Team, LIDDA staff and the Transition Support team to identify and support individuals with IDD who are at risk of, or experiencing crisis. This includes educating and guiding both internal and external professionals to more effectively assess, address needs, and work effectively with the individuals. Target audiences are the Behavioral Health Crisis Team members, on-call Crisis Workers (within the Agency), as well as law enforcement entities, Emergency Room (ER) staff, Medicaid providers, other community service partners and interested community members. The CIS will serve primarily in a consultative role with these entities; however, some community crisis assessments may be assigned during office hours for individuals with diagnoses of IDD and/or Autism. The CIS will provide information to individuals with IDD, their families/caregivers and providers about available IDD programs and services that can support them in retaining community living. The CIS will be a provider of direct Behavior Support services for a limited number of these individuals living in Bastrop, Lee or Fayette Counties who are experiencing crisis symptoms or have been qualified to receive crisis prevention services. Consultations with Medicaid providers will be provided when they indicate the need for additional expertise to develop plans that can more effectively address crisis symptoms for their residents. For individuals referred to crisis respite, the CIS develops a crisis respite service plan describing the needed therapeutic support, and works with the service coordinator and the service planning team to ensure that on-going crisis follow-up and monitoring address identified concerns and issues The CIS must document all activities, collaborations and consultations conducted and submit to the Lead CIS for documentation in our quarterly report of CIS activities to HHSC(ID). The preferred CIS applicant will also have experience competently completing diagnostic assessments, specifically for determining eligibility for services as a person with an IDD (intellectual developmental disability) and/or Autism. Accurate and timely documentation of services is required. The work environment is a combination of field work, clinical services, outreach presentations and trainings, and office work. The CIS will be expected to be on-call on a rotating basis with other Crisis Intervention Specialists, who will be available by phone for collaboration with MCOT after-hours and on holidays to provide support to assure they are able to provide effective, informed services for members of the population. While no supervision of staff is assigned to this position, they will serve as Team Lead for IDD Services to assure effective services are delivered to individuals served.

CountyBastrop County
CredentialsMinimum Qualifications: Texas State Board of Examiners designation as a Licensed Psychologist, Psychological Associate, or provisionally licensed in one of these areas and under professional supervision to complete these requirements; or a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

One year of employment, internship, or practicum in the field of intellectual disability. Experience working with individuals with IDD in crisis. Experience writing Behavior Therapy-based treatment plans and objectives, facilitating implementation, and monitoring of an individual’s response to these plans. Must have a valid Texas Driver's License.

Preferred Qualifications: Texas State Board of Examiners designation as a Licensed Psychologist or Psychological Associate. Completion of graduate coursework in individual intellectual assessments and have supervised experience in completion of adaptive behavior assessment (or coursework). Bilingual (English/Spanish).
Salary Amount$32.00 - $33.00/hr
Closing DateOpen until filled
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