Arc of Onondaga
  • Syracuse, NY, USA
  • Full Time

Behavioral Intervention Specialist

Full-Time Opening

The Behavioral Intervention Specialist is responsible for the development and implementation of Behavior Support Plans for individuals attending the Day Habilitation, Community Residential Programs and Vocational Programs, under the supervision of the Clinic Licensed Psychologist and Clinic Director. The Behavior Intervention Specialist is required to have comprehensive understanding of all regulatory requirements as they relate to Behavior Support Plans, human rights and restrictive/intrusive interventions. The Behavior Intervention Specialist serves as a member of the program-planning team, working to ensure appropriate and necessary psychological services for participants.  Primary area of responsibility is within the day habilitation program and the community residential program, supports the vocational program as needed. Reports to the Clinic Director.



  1. Facilitates a functional behavioral assessment for individuals at the Day Habilitation and Community Residential and Vocational Programs as necessary in order to identify and operationally describe challenging behaviors and obtain relevant information for effective intervention planning prior to the development of a Behavior Support Plan. Works with staff closest to the individual while facilitating/finalizing the FBA in order to capture as much information as possible.  Follows up with staff as necessary.
  2. Responsible for the development, review and revision of all behavior support plans following all regulatory requirements. Works to ensure the integration, consistency, and appropriateness of plans.Develops behavior support plan in consultation, as clinically appropriate, with the person receiving services and/or other parties who are or will be involved with the implementation of the plan.  
  1. Has a full understanding of the OPWDD Behavior Support regulations and is able to reference specific components of the regulations in order to address issues and/or questions. Provides training on Behavior Support regulations as necessary including new-employee orientation.  Reviews and revises Behavior Support policies as necessary. 
  2. Provides training to staff regarding specific behavior support plans, the implementation of the plan and regulatory requirements as needed. Provides training to staff in the area of behavior and cognition, as needed. Assists staff in ensuring that behavior support plans and services are implemented and documented correctly.  Completes observations of the individual and/or the implementation of the plan as needed. Attendance at staff meetings for programs that supports individual(s) with support plans is required.
  3. At the Day Habilitation Program, Residential Programs and Vocational programs, provides on-site direction and training to staff in managing difficult behaviors and assists with crisis intervention when appropriate.
  4. Supports Community Residential, Day Habilitation Program and Vocational programs in the following ways: writes and monitors behavior management plans.  If requested, trains residential and day habilitation staff on the implementation of plan.  If needed, observes the implementation of the plan in the residential and day habilitation setting if an individual is having difficulty or if there is a need for staff to receive additional training, coaching or modeling of the plan. Makes recommendations and/or revisions as necessary.   
  5. Maintains job-required certifications and/or licenses. Attends trainings in order to enhance skill base and understanding of Behavior Support regulations.
  6. Fulfills flexible work-hour requirements (e.g. evening, early morning, weekends etc.) as assigned to meet participant and program scheduling needs.
  7. Establishes effective and collaborative working relationships with treatment providers both inside and outside of Arc of Onondaga. This includes working with the Arc of Onondaga residential RN to review, every six months, medications associated with the behavior support   process.
  8. Acts as a mandated reporter
  9. All Community Residential and Day Habilitation behavior support referrals will be sent to the Behavior Intervention Specialist by Centralized Plan Coordination. Medication Monitoring Plan referrals will be sent to the Behavior Intervention Specialist by Centralized Nursing.
  10. Provides training to staff on Positive Approaches may be asked to become certified to provide training in OPWDD approved curriculum.
  11. Serves on the Human Rights Committee in order to discuss the background and development of Support Plans and address questions from the committee. Serves on other agency or program-wide committees, as requested.
  12. Supports the Goals and Mission of Arc of Onondaga County. Ensures that communications and personal performance reflect the Agency's commitment to teamwork, compliance with policies and procedures and respect for consumers and staff.
  13. Computer and office technology expertise including the use of Therap, Microsoft word and excel that is required to fulfill job responsibilities and assignments.
  14. Attends and participates in required Arc meetings, staff development and training programs.
  15. Establishes and provides clear and legible documentation and compliance records required by Arc and other government agencies.
  16. Provides other job-related support and services as required or assigned by management.


Education & Experience Requirements

  • Master's Degree in a clinical and/or treatment field of psychology and have had documented training in assessment techniques and behavioral support plan development
  • At least five (5) years of experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities, including the devising, implementation and monitoring of behavioral support plans and/or providing supervision and training to others in the implementation of behavior support plans.


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