Most of the time, behavioral health directors work at a health care facility. They usually must have a graduate degree in health, behavioral health, business administration, or a similar field. If applicable, they must have appropriate licenses in behavioral health.
As leaders, behavioral health directors must provide clear direction related to their companies’ operations. They must be skillful in planning, implementing, and coordinating inpatient and outpatient care related to behavioral health services. They must maintain current knowledge regarding techniques, skills, and current practices to effectively serve their patients. They must maintain effective relationships with behavioral health providers. They must efficiently delegate tasks to their employees and follow up on progress. They are usually involved in hiring staff who work in their department. They must have relevant experience working in behavioral health or human services. They must have prior management experience. They must make sure that their department follows health and safety procedures. They must evaluate their staff regularly in accordance to their companies’ procedures. They must provide feedback to their staff in a timely manner. They must make sure that their staff follows companies’ policies, guidelines, and procedures. They must have leadership skills. They must have excellent oral and written communications skills. They must have strong interpersonal and customer skills. They must continuously keep themselves up to date with relevant government regulations.
They work in an office but may be required to travel. They may have to attend various work-related conferences and workshops. They must continuously read relevant journals.
Behavioral Health Director Tasks
Oversee staff operations.
Monitor and revise policies and budgets.
Adhere to local, state and federal guidelines and regulations.
Plan, organize, implement and evaluate treatment programs.