Behavior Health Specialist I

Position Title: Behavior Health Specialist I

FLSA: Hourly/non-exempt

Supervisor: Unit Coordinator

Supervises: None

Behavior Health Specialist I are responsible for the supervision the direct supervision of youth at night and in the early morning; to exemplify and reinforce the concepts of the therapeutic environment of Arrowhead.

Performance Objectives:

  1. Supervise evening activities of residents by:

    • Obtain all pertinent information from staff on previous shift and reading logs.

    • Oversee any special procedures (i.e.: illness, suicide watch, run threats, etc.).

    • Make regular checks of all assigned residents at 15-minute intervals

      • Station self as close as possible to the groups they are supervising

      • Make regular phone checks with other dorms

    • Report to staff and police if runaway occurs (following runaway procedures) or other emergencies.

    • Be accountable to the Unit Coordinator in terms of accepting direction for implementation of treatment for that particular group.

    • Log all pertinent information on a daily basis from observation and involvement with a group and passing information to oncoming staff.

  2. Supervise morning activities of residents by:

    • Log and dispense medications for all groups at breakfast time on weekends or in the absence of the nurse, if assigned as designated staff.

    • Supervise kitchen set up and clean up, as necessary.

    • Transport residents, if needed.

  3. Help with operational needs of Arrowhead by:

    • Completing all appropriate procedures with well, sewage, fire alarm, and heating systems in case of power failure.

    • Secure main building doors. 

    • Complete laundry for the residents, if assigned as designated staff.

  4. Attend all meetings and training as scheduled, and help with training of new Behavior Health Specialist I staff. 


  1. Must possess a High School Diploma.

  2. Must be at least 21 years of age.

  3. Must be willing to become First Aid, CPR and CPI certified. Must be physically capable of being able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.

  4. Will value diversity and incorporate cultural differences into treatment planning and implementation in order to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.  Will pay careful attention to group dynamics and cultural differences and assessment as to what adaptations and changes need to be made and who should assume responsibility for these changes.

  5. Must possess a valid driver’s license and approval from the state of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to transport children.  Must qualify to become insured by Arrowhead’s insurance carrier.