(1717) Crisis Intervention Specialist

Job Description

The Crisis Intervention Specialist 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 Behavior Therapist/BCBA 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 Crisis Intervention Specialist 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. 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 Crisis Intervention Specialist develops a crisis respite service plan describing the needed therapeutic support. The Crisis Intervention Specialist works with the service coordinator/case manager and the service planning team to ensure that on-going crisis follow-up and monitoring address identified concerns and issues. The Crisis Intervention Specialist must document all activities, collaborations and consultations conducted and submit to the Lead Crisis Intervention Specialist (Lead CIS) for documentation in our quarterly report of Crisis Intervention Specialist activities to HHSC(ID).

The work environment is a combination of field work, clinical services, outreach presentations and trainings, and office work. The Crisis Intervention Specialist will be expected to be on-call on a rotating basis with other IDD crisis support staff, specifically to 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: Master’s Degree in human services (social work, psychology, counseling, etc.). One year of employment, internship, or practicum in the field of intellectual disability. Must have a valid Texas Driver’s License.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA),
• Licensed Psychological Associate, or provisionally licensed and under professional supervision to complete these requirements,
• Licensed School Psychologist (LSSP),
• Licensed Social Worker, or
• Licensed Counselor.
• Bilingual (English/Spanish).
Salary Amount$TBD based on Education/Credentials and Experience/hr
Closing DateOpen until filled
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