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Poughkeepsie, New York
Behavioral Health Specialist
Full Time 35 hours week, excellent benefits package.
Working within the local law enforcement agencies to help alleviate calls for mental health individuals and any other calls deemed necessary: truly a team effort, as no one individual or entity can provide everything to everyone.
Going on every call; 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, as well as mental illnesses
Flexibility regarding schedule
Willing to take directives
Attend all mandatory trainings and supervisions
Extensive training in all areas of mental health; as defined by the DSM-IV, recognizing signs of each disorder, which communication style works best