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Behavioral Specialist/Mobile Therapist (Altoona, PA)

  • Job ID: 043149288
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: Mon Yough Community Services
  • Department: BHRS Behav Spec-Mob Thrp
  • Location: 400 Lakemont Park Blvd, Altoona PA 16602
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $20.28 to $32.50 / hour

Description

We are hiring a Behavioral Specialist/Mobile Therapist to support UPMC - Behavioral Health of the Alleghenies. 

The Behavioral Specialist/Mobile Therapist provides ongoing mental health treatment, behavioral consultation and therapy to children and families in the home or community setting. Tasks will be performed in a manner consistent with efficiency, cost effectiveness and regulatory compliance. 

This is a community-based position in Blair County, and the incumbent will spend the majority of working hours in the field. The shift for this position is primarily Monday-Friday with days and evenings required. 

The ideal candidate will have great attention to detail and time management skills in addition to experience working with children/teens in the behavioral health field. This is a great opportunity for a candidate looking to join a small, supportive team that serves the community. 

Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to all HNA and BHRS program regulations.
  • Assistance or other applicable insurance payor.
  • Conduct therapeutic and behavioral assessments and interventions in the client's natural environment (i.e. home, school, and community).
  • Inform clinical supervisor of changes to client's treatment status.
  • Document all client-related contacts.
  • Maintain established program productivity standards within a two-week pay period.
  • Meet with assigned TSS bi-weekly or as deemed needed by the clinical Supervisor for consultation and clinical direction.
  • Monitor voicemail every 48-72 hours or deemed necessary by clinical supervisor.
  • Monitor and stay within Medical Assistance allotted hours per month/client.
  • Attend all in-services, educational/skills trainings, staff meetings, supervision that are either mandatory by HNA or requested by the program supervisor.
  • Review Psychological Evaluation and Plan of Care Summary before beginning a case and at the start of each authorization period.
  • Submit signed MA Encounter form every month to Financial Services Secretary.
  • Inform existing providers serving the client of MT/BSC's intent to start services.
  • Demonstrate support of the Agency mission and philosophy in the delivery of services.
  • Complete performance self-evaluation yearly.
  • Promote personal and co-worker safety during work duties.
  • Schedule treatment sessions with the client and or family on a regular basis.
  • Maintain regular contact with other client treatment providers (School, Psychiatrist, Intensive Case Manager, etc.)
  • Work to achieve and maintain quality and customer satisfaction in the delivery of services to external/internal customers.
  • Monitor client authorization dates to assure services are authorized by Medical
  • Develop and implement an individualized, strength-based treatment plan 2-4 weeks after opening a case and update the treatment plan every 120 days.
  • Submit progress notes every 48 hours and batch sheets every Saturday by 9 a.m. to Department Assistant.
  • Maintain and protect client and agency confidentiality.
  • Evaluate readiness for discharge and complete client discharge within 5 days after the client is discharged.
  • Complete all paperwork documentation according to HNA and Pennsylvania Mental Health regulations.(e.g. incident reports, C&YS 47, etc) on a timely basis.
  • Participate in quarterly program client review
  • Notify family and all service providers when unable to maintain a scheduled visit. (i.e. School, TSS, etc.)
  • Maintain confidential documentation of client records.
  • Represent and participate in Agency professional and community activities as requested.

 

Qualifications

  • Master's level Mental Health Clinician with a minimum of two years counseling experience with children.
  • Access to transportation in the Agency services area with a valid Pennsylvania driver's license and auto liability insurance.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Automotive Insurance
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Driver's License
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal
  • OAPSA with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more. 

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