AAS Behavioral Health Support Degree
The Behavioral Health Support Associate of Applied Science degree is a two-year program of study that prepares students for entry-level positions working in a variety of professions aimed at helping people, society, and the communities in which we live. Graduates will incorporate the learned skills and attributes in order to collaborate with mental health professionals and interact with clients with behavioral and mental health diagnoses. The Behavioral Health Support program is offered at the North Belt Center location and completely online.
The Behavioral Health Support program will include hands-on practicum experience in community settings and is intended to prepare students to immediately enter the workforce after degree completion. Employment options with this degree include entry level positions in state, county, and local human service agencies. Specific places of employment may include, but are not limited to private or public treatment and rehabilitation centers, substance abuse counseling agencies, half-way houses, correctional facilities, parole and probation, drug court, retirement facilities, schools, and other human service agencies. While these jobs -Community Support Specialists- have been traditionally held by Bachelor’s level graduates, the Missouri Department of Mental Health has approved students with the NCMC AAS degree for immediate employment in the field.
According to Hyde’ s (2013) “Report to Congress on the Nation’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Workforce Issues” the current workforce in this filed is “graying and shrinking.” The findings are that 77% of counties have a severe shortage of mental health workers. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the job outlook is increasing at 22%.
Job outlook and wage information from What Can I Do With This Major are based on national data.
NCMC Contact Information
Dr. Sharon Weiser
Dean of Extended Campus/Behavioral Health Support Program
6503 North Belt Hwy
Country Club, MO 64506
Phone: (816) 232-1768