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TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

RIP Behavior Specialist

TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services


Job Summary

Organization Description


The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is charged with planning for and promoting an array of services from prevention and early intervention to resiliency and recovery.  TDMHSAS operates four regional mental health institutes, contracts with mental health and substance abuse agencies to offer inpatient and community services and works with recovery courts across the state.  TDMHSAS is the designated opioid authority for the state and provides consultation to TennCare on behavioral health issues.

The Regional Intervention Program (RIP) is a parent-implemented, professionally-supported program for young children and their families who are experiencing challenging behaviors. RIP has been serving families with young children since 1969. This unique, internationally-recognized program guides parents in learning the skills to work directly with their own children while they receive training and support from experienced RIP families.

Job Responsibilities

Summary of Position and Responsibilities

Position: Part-time (10-12.5 hours per week)

Supervised by: Program Coordinator

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provision of classroom training and limited case management services to families enrolled in the program
  • Utilize and manage data systems to identify & address problem behaviors and solution-focused RIP classroom, home, and community programs
  • Teach and model positive behavior management techniques and strategies with both adults and children in a classroom setting
  • Support RIP planning by participating in team meetings when appropriate
  • Maintain regular intervals of inter-rater reliability with RIP staff
  • Attend appropriate staff/team meetings
  • Participate in RIP training
  • May provide community presentations
  • Other administrative tasks as assigned

Evenings required. Available positions support:

  • Monday/Wednesday Evening Program (5:00pm-7:00pm)
  • Tuesday/Thursday Evening Program (4:00pm-6:00pm)


Requirements: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in child development, psychology, social work, or other related acceptable field.

Substitution of Experience for Education:  Work experience in mental health, child development, social work, or other related acceptable field may substitute for the required college education on a year for year basis to a maximum of four years.


Education equivalent to graduation from a standard high school and successful completion of a Regional Intervention Program operated by or recognized by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Pre-employment criminal background check is required.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee’s Workplace Discrimination and Harassment policy, the State is firmly committed to the principle of fair and equal employment opportunities for its citizens and strives to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to seek, obtain, and hold employment without being subjected to illegal discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It is the State’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (40 and over), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal civil rights laws.

Additional Information


This is a part-time position and is ineligible for benefits.

How to Apply

Please submit all resumes and inquiries to


  • Date Posted: December 7, 2021
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Salary Range: 14.01 per hour