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Bon Secours Mercy Health Behavioral Health Specialist in Richmond, Virginia

At Bon Secours Mercy Health, we are dedicated to continually improving health care quality, safety and cost effectiveness. Our hospitals, care sites and clinicians are recognized for clinical and operational excellence.

Behavioral Health Specialist– St. Mary's Hospital

$2500 sign on bonus eligible. Ask your recruiter for details.

Job Summary:

The Behavioral Health Specialist provides direct patient care under the supervision of a designated healthcare professional in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations, and within policies, procedures, and guidelines of Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH).

Essential Functions:

  • Ensures quality patient care, provides vital sign measurement, maintains patient hygiene, assists with mobility, and supports unit-based specialty duties.

  • Acts as liaison between the patient and nurse to report changes and share pertinent information.

  • Provides accurate, precise, timely documentation when applicable for patient care.

  • Completes patient rounding, 15-minute patient checks, and patient safety companion services as assigned.

  • Collects patient data and completes patient screenings as applicable.

  • Participates in continued education and in-service training.

This document is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, or working conditions associated with the job. Employees may be required to perform other job-related duties as required by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation.


  • High School Diploma/GED (required)

  • Bachelor’s Degree, related field (preferred)

Licensing & Certifications:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) American Health Association (preferred upon hire, must obtain from approved source prior to direct patient care)

  • State Tested Nursing Aide (STNA) (preferred)

  • Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) (preferred)

  • Registered Social Work Assistant (SWA) (preferred)

  • Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) (preferred)

  • Counselor in Training (preferred)

  • Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS- BCP) (preferred)

  • American Association of Psychiatric Technicians (AAPT) (preferred)


  • 1 year of experience in a mental health or health care setting (preferred)

Many of our opportunities reward* your hard work with:

Comprehensive, affordable medical, dental and vision plans

Prescription drug coverage

Flexible spending accounts

Life insurance w/AD&D

Employer contributions to retirement savings plan when eligible

Paid time off

Educational Assistance

And much more

*Benefits offerings vary according to employment status

All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. If you'd like to view a copy of the affirmative action plan or policy statement for Mercy Health – Youngstown, Ohio or Bon Secours – Franklin, Virginia; Petersburg, Virginia; and Emporia, Virginia, which are Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employers, please email recruitment@mercy.com . If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact The Talent Acquisition Team at recruitment@mercy.com