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Behavioral Health Specialist

Recovery is possible with OhioGuidestone. A leader in the field of behavioral health with a history dating back to 1864, we address the needs of the whole person, helping them reset their paths, reclaim their autonomy and restore their purpose. OhioGuidestone connects individuals with the resources needed to achieve lifelong success, providing community counseling, substance use disorder treatment, workforce development training, early childhood mental health services, psychiatric care and more.

OhioGuidestone is seeking to fill full-time Behavioral Health Specialist positions to help our multicultural clients navigate a diverse range of mental and behavioral health needs. Candidates must have, at minimum, a high school diploma and 3+ years of relevant experience.

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  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Three years relevant experience and able to demonstrate competencies in basic behavioral health skills, for example:
    • understanding of human behavior, mental illness, psychiatric symptoms, and impact on functioning and behavior;
    • understanding how to therapeutically engage a mentally ill person, concepts of recovery/resiliency
    • understanding of the mental health system; de-escalation techniques
    • Understanding of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of emotional and mental dysfunctions.
    • Understanding of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, and cultures and their history and origins.
  • Relevant experience or course of study in behavioral healthcare helpful


Essential Functions:

  • Monitor client symptoms as well as response to treatment; communicate changes with treatment team to ensure immediate and appropriate interventions
  • Develop and maintain a service relationship with client, family, and caregivers to provide them support as appropriate.
  • Coordinate community resources including school, referral sources and outpatient behavioral health providers to ensure continuity of care; acts as an advocate for the client as needed.
  • Provide crisis intervention consultation in times of emergencies for coordination and assistance in crisis management and stabilization as needed.
  • Facilitate appointments to ensure overall physical well-being including basic, mental health and substance use needs.
  • Review Diagnostic Evaluation and additional assessments, to aid in the ongoing development and implementation of a client’s individualized treatment plan (ITP).
  • Attend and participate in agency/ team/clinical meetings, including mandatory trainings, and treatment coordination.
  • Perform related administrative responsibilities; maintain client information, reports, records, and other documents; respond timely to emails and phone calls; attend and participate in various trainings and meetings; communicate with other agencies, departments, and vendors regarding required paperwork, contract compliance and consult with other county agencies and/or supportive services as necessary.
  • Accurately and promptly, document and maintain the confidentiality of client and family interactions including, legal, financial, and clinical documentation within agency guidelines.
  • Meet with Supervisor for weekly supervision.
  • Maintain ongoing frequent contact with other assigned OhioGuidestone professionals, parents or outside agency professionals assigned to case.
  • Promote an inclusive work environment and present the Agency in the most positive light with all internal and external contacts.
  • Exhibit positivity, flexibility and a willingness to take on new responsibilities as requested or required.


* Therapeutic Behavioral Service (TBS) service activities include, but are not limited to the following:

(a) Consultation with a licensed practitioner or an eligible provider, to assist with the individual's needs and service planning for individualized supports or care coordination of healthcare, behavioral healthcare, and non-healthcare services and development of a treatment plan;

(b) Referral and linkage to other healthcare, behavioral healthcare, and non-healthcare services to avoid more restrictive levels of treatment;

(c) Interventions using evidence-based techniques;

(d) Identification of strategies or treatment options;

(e) Restoration of social skills and daily functioning; and,

(f) Crisis prevention and amelioration.



  • Mission driven; strong desire to make an impact
  • Ability to customarily and regularly exercise discretion and good professional judgment
  • Effective interpersonal skills; able to speak effectively with individuals and/or groups of people
  • Flexible; able to work days, evenings, and/or weekends, as desired to meet the needs of clients
  • Strong organizational skills; able to handle multiple priorities with strict attention to detail and perform work independently
  • Ability to maintain relevant, timely documentation as required.
  • Computer literacy skills, including Windows applications, Microsoft Office Suite, and electronic health records, etc.
  • Able to provide services in the community and client homes, which may include facilities with multiple levels
  • Successfully meet all pre-employment background requirements


At OhioGuidestone we care about the health and safety of our employees. OhioGuidestone requires applicants to complete a pre-employment screening process upon receipt of an offer of employment. We require and cover the cost of a fingerprint background screening, physical, Tuberculosis test, and drug screen after an employment offer is made. Any employment offer is contingent upon receipt of all satisfactory pre-employment screenings.

Committed to creating a more diverse community, we encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. EEO/M/F/H/V