IHBS and Intensive Hospital Diversion (IHD) Clinician, Northampton

CSO is looking for an In-Home Behavioral Health and Intensive Hospital Diversion Clinician for our Clinic in Northampton.

(IHBS Clinician)To provide behavior management therapy and behavior management monitoring for children and their families in natural family settings such as home or school in collaboration with a paraprofessional who provides behavioral health monitoring, coaching and support as part of the treatment plan. The Therapist develops highly specific behavioral treatment designed to treat challenging behaviors that interfere with the youth's successful functioning. The IHBS team monitors the behavioral interventions and assists with behavioral aspects of the risk management plan.

    (Intensive Hospital Diversion) To provide intensive, short-term in-home crisis stabilization and treatment to youth and their families to support diversion from psychiatric hospitalization and other out-of-home placements.  To provide intensive treatment and support needed to maintain the youth at home safely and to (re)connect them to ongoing outpatient and/or community-based treatment.

Responsibilities

  • Available to respond to a family at the point of crisis within 24 hours of referral to Intensive Hospital Diversion Program.
  • Coordinate provider meetings timely to meet each service's specification guidelines.
  • Respond to enrolled families 24/7, including in-person, when clinically indicated for Intensive Hospital Diversion Program.
  • Intensity of in-person sessions will match each service's specification guidelines.
  • Conduct behavioral health assessments including the appropriate version of the MA CANS tool.
  • Document observations of the youth in the home and the community.
  • Conduct structured interviews of the youth and collaterals.
  • The behavior management therapist completes a comprehensive assessment, inclusive of a functional behavioral assessment, and develops a highly specific behavior management plan with clearly defined interventions and measurable goals.
  • Develop a focused behavior management treatment plan with behavioral objectives designed to diminish, extinguish or improve specific behaviors related to a youth's mental health condition.
  • Develop behavioral objectives that are incorporated into a youth's risk management plan.
  • The plan should provide direction for the family and the monitor to support the plan's implementation.
  • Assist caregivers in stabilizing the behavior of children and adolescents including the development of Risk Management Plans and facilitating the involvement of Crisis Services when this is required.
  • Work collaboratively with ICC, In-Home Therapy services, other providers and deliver services according to the youth's plan of care or ICP for youth involved in ICC.
  • Maintain complete, accurate and timely records.
  • Maintain regular and required communication with MassHealth MCE's and commercial insurance providers.

Qualifications

Clinical Master's degree with minimum 2 years' demonstrated experience working withchildren, adolescents and families, including experience navigating children's systems and supports within the community.  Additionally, must have supervised experience in behavioral analysis and in behavioral assessment and monitoring. Prior training in wrap-around principles and systems of care preferred.  Knowledge of and training in child development and children's mental health experience. Good listening and parenting skills, nonjudgmental ability to foster self-sufficiency in families using problem-solving and practical skills; familiarity with support groups or parent education group.  Ability to establish trusting relationships through compassion, empathy and insight.  Be an effective member of a Team.  Demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of families from diverse cultural or linguistic backgrounds. Computer proficiency required including ability to work with email, electronic health record and word processing software.

Bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, (English/Spanish speaking.)

Benefits

We provide our employees with competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including full coverage health and dental insurance and ample paid time off (vacation, personal, sick, and holidays). Additionally, we offer a 403B retirement savings plan, an employee referral bonus program, regular in-house training and professional development opportunities with free CEUs, and voluntary supplemental insurances at group rates, including short and long-term disability, cancer, accident and life. We also offer a premier employee assistance program (EAP) and personal cell phone plan discounts. Our work environment is flexible and supportive, with ample opportunities for collaboration within and across departments, programs and locations. 

Our Agency

Clinical & Support Options, Inc. is a behavioral health organization serving individuals and families across Western Massachusetts. From our early days as a child guidance clinic, we have expanded into a full service behavioral health agency, committed internally to excellence while we collaborate externally with community partners to participate in a comprehensive system of assistance and resources for the residents of our communities. We employ over 650 multi-disciplinary staff, helping thousands of families over the past 50 years. We have community based office locations throughout Western Massachusetts, including Springfield, Northampton, Greenfield, Orange, Athol, Gardner and Pittsfield.

Our expertise, in a nutshell, is to support people in their progress towards self-sufficiency, no matter what challenges they face on that journey. EOE/AA