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Poughkeepsie, New York

Behavioral Health Specialist

Full Time 35 hours per week.  $24.91 per hour.

Join a team making a difference combining Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health to serve the community in a unique capacity. This program began 3 years ago and is growing at a rapid rate. The program is original and exciting and offers excellent benefits and flexibility.

The Behavioral Health Specialist is part of the ECHO program. The Behavioral Health Specialist will work within the local law enforcement agencies to help alleviate calls for mental health individuals, crisis calls, and any other calls deemed necessary: truly a team effort, as no one individual or entity can provide everything to everyone.

Responding to calls along with Law Enforcement: especially those in need of mental health services: the following are tracked: disturbance, walk-ins, pickup orders, suicidal ideation/attempt, welfare checks, intoxication, 911, community outreach, aggressive person, etc.

Documenting all calls, conversations, follow up, and referrals.

Dealing with mental health disorders and which techniques work best.

Ensuring de-escalation techniques are being utilized when necessary.


Five + years’ experience working with mental health clients or Bachelor’s Degree in psychology or related field

Extensive background in mental health disorders

Respect for law enforcement and people with mental illnesses

Flexibility regarding schedule

Willing to take directives

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