Get the skills needed for an in-demand career in the behavioral and mental health fields with the Three Rivers College Associate of Applied Science degree in Behavioral Health Support (BHS).
This accelerated 18-month program provides graduates with a path to an entry-level position as a support professional in the areas of substance use disorder, disabilities, education, mental health, and psychiatric care.
Students in the program will complete two field practicums where they will gain hands-on experience to prepare them to support clients in a variety of behavioral and mental health settings. This program includes a general education component, as well as a concentration in behavioral health. Class sizes are small, so students get individualized attention. Tuition is affordable, and financial aid is available to eligible students.
Program Application Deadline: December 1
The BHS program at Three Rivers College offers trauma-informed training in the areas of substance use, prevention, and mental health.
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BHS Program Details
The instructor and coordinator for the BHS program is Mr. Corey Reynolds. Before becoming a full-time member of the Three Rivers College faculty, Reynolds served in case management in the human service industry. He is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and promotes a positive message normalizing the conversation about mental health. He is involved in local and state initiatives advocating for mental health awareness, suicide prevention, and harm reduction. Reynolds enjoys taking any opportunity to share about the experiences that inspired his passion for mental health and behavioral health issues. Currently, he serves on the State Advisory Council (SAC) for the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH), Division of Behavioral Health (DBH), and on the Missouri Student Mental Health Taskforce. Reynolds is also proud to be a Three Rivers College alumni and is honored to be able to serve at the institution where his success first began.
Dr. Wesley Payne, President of Three Rivers College
Dr. Sherry Phelan, Chief Academic Officer (CAO)
Dr. Leslie Gragg, Department Chair for Science, Math, & Social Science (SMSS)
573.840. 9621, ext 1317
Mr. Corey Reynolds, Behavioral Health Support Program Coordinator
573-840-9631, ext. 8361
General advisor for the BHS program:
573-840-9712, ext. 8461
The Behavioral Health Support program has an advisory board made up of local professionals and employers to ensure students receive the education they need to be successful in their future careers.
Butler County Community Resource Council
Southeast Missouri Residential Services (SEMORS)
Director of Rehabilitation Services
MERS Goodwill Career Center
Director of Educational and Special Initiatives
Gibson Center for Behavioral Change
Director of Fund Development and Public Relations
Bootheel Counseling Services
Chief Clinical Officer
FCC Behavioral Health
Kris Uselton, LPC
Clinical Officer Crisis Diversion and Outreach Services
FCC Behavioral Health
Career and Technical Education. The Behavioral Health Support curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in state, county, and local human service agencies. 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.
To see specific requirements, an education plan, and course descriptions, please view our current College Catalog.
The Associate of Applied Science in Behavioral Health Support (BHS) program prepares students for entry-level employment in the behavioral healthcare field upon successful completion. The program curriculum is designed to develop and enhance the student’s cultural competency and ethical practice while promoting respect for others, appreciation of individual differences, and compassion. Students will learn about the interconnectedness of the helping fields as well as how to recognize the co-occurring risk factors of mental health and behavioral health while developing self-awareness, self-reliance, and self-confidence. The Behavioral Health Support Program prioritizes implementation of client-centered tailored treatment planning to support competent and ethical case management/care coordination.
- Complete a criminal background check
- Be in good academic standing
- Complete a TB skin test
- Participate in a personal interview
- Follow HIPPA guidelines and be ethical and professional in conduct
- Practice culturally sensitive care with the appropriate standards of ethics within the helping fields.
- Evaluate the interconnectedness of the helping fields to include mental healthcare, behavioral healthcare, and human services for the purpose of patient/client-centered advocacy.
- Examine the relationship between behavioral health disorders and mental health disorders along with their risk factors.
- Implement tailored treatment plans to include appropriate helping responses for individuals in mental health crisis and/or with suicidal ideation to bring about crisis stabilization.
Students will complete their practicum requirements at placement sites where they will receive hands-on instruction from qualified professionals.
After completing your AAS degree in Behavioral Health Support, you can transfer to a four-year college or university to continue your education. To learn more about obtaining a bachelor’s degree and beyond, contact Gail Tinsley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-840-9712. Or, visit our Transfer Pathways page.