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Behavioral Health Technician

at Old Pueblo Community Services

Posted: 1/28/2019
Job Status: Full Time

Job Description

A position with one of Southern Arizona’s premier social service agencies

Delivery of outpatient substance abuse and dependence behavioral health services, under the direct supervision of a Behavioral Health Professional to persons identified as substance abuse and/or substance dependent.  This Behavioral Health Technician will be responsible for primarily completing behavioral health assessments.  All other duties listed may be assigned on an as needed basis.            

Have fun while making a difference! Is a flexible schedule important to you? Looking for an opportunity to grow your career, have your contributions recognized and move up in the organization? Then join our dynamic team, which believes we can have fun and do well by doing good. OPCS is dedicated to eradicating homelessness. We train you and provide all the tools to be successful. Ours is a values driven organization that has a real impact in the lives of others.

Are you a veteran? Your dedication to serving others is a plus at OPCS.

Employee Benefits

  • Competitive Salary
  • Employer Subsidized Health Insurance for Employee and Family
  • Employer Matching 401 (k) plan (after 1 year)
  • Employer Subsidized Dental Plan and Vision Plan
  • Employer Paid Training
  • Employer Provided Training in Motivational Interviewing, Community Reinforcement, and other Evidence Based Practices
  • 136 Hours Paid Time Off (PTO) Per Year


Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Screening
  2. Behavioral Health Assessment
  3. Developing and Implementing Service Plans
  4. Transition Planning and Discharge Planning
  5. Life Skills/Recovery Workshop groups and Individual Education Services
  6. Referrals: assist a client in accessing community services and resources.
  7. Documentation: accurate and timely documentation of client information in confidential files in accordance with state and federal laws.
  8. Provide treatment and services that promote client dignity, individuality, strengths, privacy, and choice.
  9. Ability to recognize and respect cultural differences while meeting the needs of OPCS’ unique and diverse client population.
  10. Ability to respond to a situation in which a client may be a danger to self or others, behaves in an aggressive manner or is experiencing a crisis situation, or a medical emergency.
  11. Interview clients to define level of need: personal and family reunification, finances, employment, food, clothing, housing, and substance abuse issues to determine nature and degree of problem.  Work closely with program therapists.
  12. Refer clients to mainstream services and other service organizations as needed.   
  13. Monitor residents’ compliance with program guidelines and provide appropriate verbal and written warnings to those residents who are out of compliance.
  14. Attend Old Pueblo Community Services weekly staff meetings, and meet with Supervisory staff as required.
  15. Attend all required trainings.
  16. Work closely with parole and probation offices.
  17. Work closely with Health Home Care agencies.
  18. Write letters to courts and other agencies for clients, as needed.
  19. Demonstrate ethical behavior.
  20. Provide supervision to and review documentation of services provided by behavioral health paraprofessionals.
  21. Other Duties as assigned.

Skill / Requirements


  1. Preferred Associates Degree with a minimum of six weeks of behavioral health work experience and a preference of one year experience. (Experience may be gained after employment through six weeks of continuous onsite direction from a behavioral health professional, technician, or paraprofessional who has a minimum of six months behavioral health work experience.)
  2. Flexible Schedule
  3. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  4. Knowledge of evidence-based behavioral health interventions for persons in recovery from substance abuse and/or substance dependence.
  5. Experience with Electronic Health Records a plus.
  6. Knowledge of laws and rules regarding delivery of outpatient services for substance abuse and dependent persons.
  7. American Sign Language or Spanish speaking a plus.
  8. Cultural Competence in the area of poverty, homelessness, local ethnic groups, and criminal justice populations.
  9. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel
  10. AZ Driver License, Proof of Insurance and reliable transportation. Experience in Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) and Motivational Interviewing a plus. Our agency is dedicated to utilizing CRA and MI strategies and applicant must be willing to train and apply these strategies and principles.

Important Notes

We offer a comfortable working environment and believe that we can help our clients and have fun in the work place at the same time. Salary is based on experience and we are willing to train those who are passionate about helping people and willing to go the extra mile to help the client. That is why OPCS exists. We offer wonderful opportunities for our staff to train and move up in the organization

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