Behavioral Health Specialist - Lifespan

Providence, RI 02903

Posted: 04/23/2020 Industry: Healthcare Services/Human Services Job Number: 2100

Job Description

Skills for Rhode Island’ s Future is recruiting candidates for Lifespan. Please read more about Skills for Rhode Island’ s Future at the end of this job description.

JOB TITLE: Behavioral Health Specialist
LOCATION: East Providence, RI

Under the direction of Clinical Nurse Manager and Unit Charge RN, the behavioral health associate (BHS) is responsible for providing care and safety to children and adolescents as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team.  The BHS  is responsible for input into the formulation of the day to day schedule and structure of a therapeutic milieu and the implementation, observation, and documentation of this program under the direction of a registered nurse.

Lifespan employees are expected to embrace Lifespan' s mission of " Delivering health with care" and successfully role model Lifespan' s values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence as these guides our everyday actions with patients, customers and one another.

Key Responsibilities:

Participates in maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment:

Develops a clear understanding of trauma and displays an empathetic, compassionate nonjudgmental attitude toward children and families.

Maintains and documents level of patient observation as ordered by the physician/charge

RN each shift.

Supervises assigned children in daily routines and assists with activities of daily living.

Immediately notifies RN of any potential or actual physical management situations or other problems on the unit.

Demonstrates appropriate critical incident follow-up skills by verbally reporting to the charge RN and documentation in medical record.  Completes other applicable documentation (e.g. electronic reporting of incidents). Participates in debriefings until discharged by the nurse in charge.

Carries out daily assignment as delegated by charge nurse and provides hand-off prior to change of shift.

Maintains the milieu as delegated by the charge nurse and reports back any variations immediately to RN.

Intervenes in disruptive milieu providing timely therapeutic intervention(s) and safety to children in distress according to crisis management guidelines.

Maintains appropriate interpersonal boundaries as per Interpersonal Boundaries policy.

Actively engages with assigned children throughout shift.

Adheres to Hospital, Departmental, and Program policies and procedures:

Attends assigned peer review and staff meetings.

Maintains current certification in crisis management.

Maintains current CPR certification.

Attends unit/hospital staff development as assigned.

Consistently follows all program-based policies and procedures.

Maintains current annual computer-based learning.

Must arrive on time and be ready to accept shift handoff
Actively participates in the patient care planning process under the direction of the Registered Nurse (RN):
Participates in the initial admission interview process as assigned (e.g. unit orientation, MINI-C, obtaining appropriate information from patient and family according to unit policy).

Works to support initial therapeutic alliance with patient and family on admission.  Assists with the separation process and performs other duties necessary to provide a smooth transition to the hospital environment.      

Actively participates in diagnostic conferences, treatment team, rounds and all handoffs as assigned.

Responsible for providing a thorough and relevant handoff to charge nurse throughout and prior to end of the shift.

Is aware of and may participate in department performance improvement initiatives    and related responsibilities.

Accurately documents significant observations in the electronic health record (EHR) according to policy.

Offers information and knowledge to peers via formal/ informal staff development forums and on the spot coaching.

Adapts approach to meet needs of various children/adolescents at their developmental level.

May collect measurable, observable data that is reported to RN which may be used in formal research projects.

Assists and teaches patients in activities of daily living and personal hygiene based upon patient’ s needs.

Leads, or co leads program specific groups within scope of the role.

Demonstrates ability to set respectful, supportive, and consistent therapeutic limits within guidelines of hospital, unit, and department standards.

Follows appropriate section of the treatment plan specific to the needs as delegated by the RN.

Coordinates, supervises and must actively participate in activities such as physical & pro- social development activities.  Arranges for transportation or materials if required.

Consistently models to patient/families appropriate and therapeutic interpersonal staff/patient interactions.

Takes the initiative to seek formal/informal supervision, incorporating suggestions for improvement/changes in job performance.

Performs other related duties as required, assigned or directed by RN.

Successful candidates will have:

Baccalaureate Degree in a Human Service field preferred.Other education and experience considered and may be substituted for educational requirements at the discretion of the Hiring Manager.

Bradley Hospital Safety Care Certification:

Employees in this position work in a psychiatric setting under stressful conditions associated with care of psychiatrically impaired, suicidal, aggressive, and sometimes, self-injurious individuals. Employees are expected to build therapeutic rapport to prevent crisis and utilize de-escalation techniques taught by Bradley Hospital to minimize need for physical intervention.  Employees in this category must have the ability to remain calm during a crisis as evidenced by the ability to make quick rational decisions and prioritize immediate patient care needs to maintain a safe therapeutic environment.

Employees in this position must also be able to participate in the physical management of patients which can include, but is not limited to, awareness and demonstration of safe body positioning at all times, awareness and coordination to block and deflect possible aggression, and the ability to physically hold struggling patients, using approved methods only, to maintain safety for extended periods of time. Specifically, such employees must be able to: lift up to fifty pounds; reach with their hands and arms; grasp and hold with their hands; bend/squat/kneel without limitation, and physically escort patients when needed. Position requires occasional running for short distances, and frequent standing.


Six months to one year of direct child care work with similar populations.

Current Bradley Hospital Safety Care Certification.


Performs independently within scope of role and according to policies and practices.  Refers specific complex problems to RN.

For more information and a full job description, please visit Skills for Rhode Island’ s Future website at Applicants interested in this position will be screened by Skills for Rhode Island’ s Future and Lifespan will make the final hiring decisions.

Our mission is focused on supporting unemployed and underemployed job seekers. Our goal is to get you back to work. Skills for Rhode Island’ s Future’ s team will guide and provide you with support throughout the hiring process.
Skills for Rhode Island’ s Future has agreements with employers to recruit talent like you, making us a resource to get the unemployed and underemployed job seeker back to work.

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