Behavior Specialist Licensed

Posted: 09/12/2021

I) Job Purpose

To provide specialized interventions that assist individuals in increasing adaptive behaviors and replacing or modifying maladaptive or socially unacceptable behaviors that prevent or interfere with the individual’s inclusion in the community or facility activities. To provide assessment, intervention, plans, consultation, staff training, and document review and maintenance for individuals served by MHMR and the staff who support them in accordance with agency policies and operating procedures as well as applicable state and federal statutes and regulations.

II) Essential Functions

A) Provide Behavior Observation and Assessment

Performance Standards:

i) Assess residents in group home settings to determine needs for Behavior Support Services and their appropriateness for programs.

ii) Provide on-site observation of all residents receiving behavior support services.

iii) Respond to referrals and assess residents who may be demonstrating need for positive behavior support plans.

B) Provide Support Planning and Intervention

Performance Standards:

i) Provides Positive Behavior Support Plans and services to residents in need of behavioral intervention, including obtaining necessary consent.

ii) Write behavior guidelines and positive behavior support plans, utilizing input from the individual and directs support staff.

iii) Train staff and family members supporting the individual about how to implement the behavior plan or guidelines.

iv) Participate in meetings addressing the individual’s behavioral concerns.

v) Review and respond to incident reports involving dangerous behavior, such as physical aggression, property destruction, self-injury, medication refusal and unauthorized departure, and provide appropriate follow up. Assess need for follow-up and provide support to the individual,

vi) Review behavior data sheets and make observations to assess effectiveness of current behavior support programs, and revise plans as need is determined.

vii) Provide referrals as needed to other resources that could augment behavior support services, such as counseling, psychiatry, medical exams, and other evaluations.

C) Provides Training and Staff Development

Performance Standards:

i) Provide training at group homes and DayHabs to people who work with individuals who have behavior guidelines or behavior support plans.

ii) Train new direct care staff on active behavior guidelines and positive behavior support plans.

iii) Provide onsite coaching and modeling of behavior support interventions to direct care staff.

iv) Provide education to agency staff, family members of the individual, and community regarding intellectual disability, related conditions and person-centered practices.

D) Supports Medication Reduction Planning

Performance Standards:

i) Develop behavior support plans that assist reducing medications for individuals receiving psychotropic medication as an aspect of behavior intervention.

ii) Attend meetings for individuals prescribed medications who have behavior guidelines or plans to address medication reduction.

iii) Relay behavioral data to the staff and attending psychiatrist for the goal of medication reduction.

E) Performance standards are performed as applicable with MHMR’s We CARE values “We Connect People in Our Community.  We Provide Access to Services.  We Link People to Resources.  We Empower People.”

F) Perform other job duties or responsibilities as requested or assigned.


III) Knowledge of Laws, Regulations, Policies/Procedures, Skills, and Abilities

A. MHMR Tarrant policies and operating procedures

B. Applicable national and state rules for practice. 

C. Complete/pass required MHMR Tarrant training with 60 calendar days of hire

D. Maintains all required agency training on time, e.g., Relias.

E. Working knowledge of QAIS/Person Directed Planning, particularly in the areas of client rights, abuse, safety, and health

F. Graduate-level training and experience in behavioral assessment and intervention

G. Maintains requirements for continued licensure, as required by the credentialing body 

H. Knowledge and experience with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder

I. Ability to provide effective consultative services to families and to service providers

J. Ability to perform effectively under stress and maintain professional relationships in crisis situations

K. Ability to work collaboratively in group tasks and meetings

L. Ability to work under clinical and administrative supervision

M. Ability to use a personal computer for word processing and communicating through email

N. Working knowledge of the most current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and ICD 10 Codes

O. Excellent verbal and written communication skills

P. Ability to plan and conduct training for staff and other audiences.

IV) Internal & External Customer Service

This position requires extensive internal and external contacts (service providers and practitioners, community resources and organizations, federal and state agencies, and general public).  The employee will provide these using written and verbal skills, in person and by telephone or webinar.

V) Travel

This position requires travel within Tarrant County daily. This position requires statewide travel (for conferences, HHSC meetings, etc.) I to 2 times per year. Travel out of Tarrant County may be overnight and must be preapproved. 

Minimum Requirements

Required Education

Master’s, Specialist or Doctoral degree in behavior analysis, counseling, social work or psychology.


Behavior Analyst or LPC or LPA or LP



Years Experience

One (1) year

Defined Experience

Experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Valid Texas driver's license with an acceptable driving record. 


Special Courses

One-year equivalent of experience (can be internship) in the field or study of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Supervisory Experience


Testing Requirements

Pre-employment tests including drug and TB Screening, Physical Exam including balance and lift test.

Satori Alternatives to Managing Aggression (SAMA) All 3

Lifting Requirements

55 Pounds

Our Benefits:

Our total rewards program offers benefits* to full time employees beginning 1st of the month following hire date including but not limited to:

• Comprehensive healthcare options (Medical, Dental, and Vision)

• Life insurance and additional supplemental accident and hospitalization plans

• 401a match and 457 deferred compensation plans

• Paid vacation and holidays; varied flexible work environment locations

• Annual tuition reimbursement program

• Student Loan Forgiveness

• Professional development programs and training

• And more…..

Insurance eligibility:

• Full time employees begin 1st of the month following hire date

• Market driven positions (full time or part time) begin immediately after hire date

• Select part time market driven positions are eligible for most insurance plans

• Substitute status jobs are not eligible for benefits

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Additional Information

*MHMR of Tarrant County (“MHMR”) and its affiliates and subsidiaries have an internal recruiting department. MHMR may supplement that internal capability from time to time with assistance from temporary staffing agencies, placement services, and professional recruiters herein after referred to collectively as “Recruiters"). Recruiters are hereby specifically directed NOT to contact MHMR employees directly in an attempt to present candidates – MHMR recruiting team or other authorized MHMR personnel must present ALL candidates to hiring managers. For more information please visit our website

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