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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

De-escalation techniques

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

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