Behavioral Specialist (BSS)

Berks County, Lebanon County, Lehigh County
Posted 4 years ago
  • Behavioral Specialists (BSS) provides support to waiver participants with behaviors that make it difficult for them to be active in their community as well as living at home.
  • The Behavioral Specialist creates the Behavioral Support Plan. The Behavioral Support plan helps everyone who is in regular contact with the participant to support him or her. This service includes providing training for family members and providers to support the participant and teach him or her appropriate skills to be more independent and active within their community.
  • The Behavioral Specialist works closely with the Supports Coordinator to ensure that other or additional services are provided according to the Behavioral Support Plan.
  • The Behavioral Specialist also creates a Crisis Intervention Plan. The Crisis Intervention Plan explains how to help the participant if he or she is going into a crisis. The Behavioral Specialist or other designated staff member will be available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week to help if a participant goes into crisis.
  • Behavioral Specialists can also provide support to participants in acquiring, retaining, and improving communication, socialization, self-direction, self-help, and adaptive skills necessary to reside in their community. Behavioral Specialist will help facilitate the participant’s social interaction; use of natural supports and typical community services available to everyone as well as participation in education and volunteer activities when appropriate.
  • The Behavioral Specialist will follow goals and objectives as listed on the clients Individual Support Plan (ISP).
  • Completion of required paperwork related to data collection, progress reporting, encounter forms and development of annual planning material, as well as any additional paperwork as required.
  • Additional duties as assigned including but not limited to (i.e. staff training, interviewing staff candidates in local region, office support, temporary coverage for clients)


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Education or a closely related field. Successful completion of training in conducting and using a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA Certification/BSS 101/BSS 102)


  • Behavioral Specialist must be at least 18 years of age or older, have a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Education or a closely related field
  • Clearances for Child Abuse, FBI Fingerprint and Pennsylvania State Criminal must be current, as well as CPR/First Aid Certification, Professional Liability Insurance.
  • Successful completion and maintenance of all required trainings developed by the Bureau of Autism Services.

Special/Technical Skills:

  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office programs, consistent access to Microsoft Word
  • Valid CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License with current registration and insurance coverage of vehicle
  • Must be able to intervene and control agitated clients through non-physical interventions. Hazards can include risk of exposure to disease and risk of physical injury associated with clients who have the potential to act out or lose control.

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Job CategoryBehavior Specialist

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