Behavioral Intervention Specialist JobDallas, TX
Why You'll Love This Job
The Behavioral Intervention Specialist (BIS) provides testing, risk reduction counseling and links patients to medical care, PrEP services, and behavioral health services. The BIS is responsible for working with newly diagnosed HIV+ patients to help them engage in care, maintains close working relationships with other program team members, and is expected to comply with services delivery standards in accordance with standards of care and agency, programmatic, and funder policies, procedures, and guidelines.
Develop and implement community engagement activities for priority populations.
Assist in the development of marketing assets, including social media, videos, podcasts, etc.
Conduct condom distribution activities
Works with internal/external collaborators and volunteers
Maintains a personal workplan for meeting objectives.
Conducts on-site and at off-site testing, community engagement, and condom distribution activities in accordance with agency/program protocols.
Obtains specimens for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, Hepatitis C, and syphilis testing as well as for other health screenings.
Prepares specimens for point of care and laboratory testing
Completes patient assessments as related to readiness to engage in medical care.
Provides strength-based counseling based on the adapted Antiretroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) intervention to ensure patient linkage to medical care.Works with patients to develop and implement short-term care plans to identify and address needs and barriers; provides referrals as needed.
Provides risk/harm reduction counseling and education to patients in accordance with agency/program protocols.Assesses needs and makes appropriate referrals for behavioral health, testing, medical treatment, case management, PrEP/nPEP, health insurance, and/or risk reduction counseling.
Screens for financial eligibility and gathers insurance documents.
Follows up to ensure patients attend medical appointments.
Utilizes tangible reinforcements judiciously to decrease barriers to accessing care, attendance at appointments, and follows appropriate protocols regarding inventory control.
Maintains flexibility with regard to meeting patients where they are most accessible.
Follows protocols regarding timely documentation of each patient encounter and necessary reporting.
Links patients who test positive for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and/or HCV to treatment and/or follow-up services.
Coordinates care with treatment providers and other internal/external support services.
Completes accurate documentation for each patient as defined by agency and program protocols.
- Ensures that all patient demographic information, session notes, testing results, applicable consents, and referrals are entered into the requisite databases in a timely and uniform manner.
- Prepares necessary reports and monthly program activity summaries and submits them on time.
Skills & Qualifications
Working knowledge of hepatitis, tuberculosis, STIs, and HIV.
Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, set objectives, and meet critical deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Demonstrated ability to adapt as needed to achieve outcomes.
Ability to plan and implement community engagement activities.
Ability to develop trusting relationships and rapport with vulnerable populations.
Knowledge of community resources and ability to network.
Knowledge of HIV risk factors and HIV behavior change strategies.
Cultural awareness and humility and demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations including the LGBTQ+ community.
Skills and experience in counseling preferred.
Demonstrated ability to conduct outreach and encourage clients to get tested.
Demonstrated computer skills and proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Office software applications.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule including early mornings, late evenings, and weekend hours.
- Able to work a flexible schedule including early mornings, evenings, and weekend hours.
- Dependable transportation and current Texas Driver’s License and active auto liability insurance.
- Bilingual preferred.
Bachelor’s degree in a health related or social service discipline. Significant relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of educational requirements.
Two years of experience in behavioral health or social service organization delivery position preferred.
- Specialized training required to implement intervention(s) must be completed within six months of hire.