The Mental Health Technician is responsible for providing a safe and structured therapeutic milieu including but not limited to the monitoring of individual and/or group counseling with Behavioral Health/Psychiatric Services inpatients. Models appropriate behavior as exemplified in MLH Mission, Vision and Values.
High School Diploma or GED equivalent
Minimum four (4) years of experience in a psychiatric treatment setting.
Effective June 1, 2018: New Hires and Transfers are required to have current AHA “Heartsaver” Certification.
Bachelor's degree in a behavioral science field
Experience in behavioral health treatment setting and one (1) year experience maintaining clients/patients/others in a restrictive environment.
- Chauffeurs license
Knowledge of basic medical terminology preferred.
Knowledge of basic computer functions and operations.Previous keyboard experience or computer education preferred.
Skill and proficiency in interpersonal relations and communications and application of principles and concepts of human behavior and abnormal psychology.
Ability to react quickly to emergency situations.
Ability to de-escalate tense, potentially violent situations and to intervene in violent situations involving patients who may be delusional, aggressive, and/or agitated, according to principles of NVCI and established policy and procedure.
Paraprofessional clinical skills such as: 1) VS, 2) TPR, 3) bed/bath, 4) ADL., 5) CPR, 6) NVCI, 7) venipuncture.
Ability to record, analyze and report mental status, special precautions (suicidality, homicidality, elopement), physical problems/medical acuity (withdrawal, nutritional needs), and ethnic concerns (social, religious, cultural needs).
Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with others, including clear speech and acceptable pronunciation, spelling, grammar and word usage; knowledge of telephone etiquette.
May on occasion have to tolerate verbal abuse without loss of control.
Ability to provide individual counseling and facilitate group counseling.
Ability to perform basic arithmetic calculations (i.e., add, subtract, multiply, and divide).
Participates in admission and discharge process and orients patients and families to the psychiatric unit.
Performs clerical and data entry activities related to patient care.
Assists nursing and clinical staff in routine medical procedures as needed by performing "point of care" testing and recording/reporting results.
Provides high quality patient care and assists Senior Mental Health Specialists by contributing to the interdisciplinary treatment planning process through communicating observations, suggesting interventions, and participating in patient care-related meetings.
Leads recreational, leisure, and skills activities.
Maintains unit orderliness, safety, and supplies, according to unit safety policies.
Documents patient interactions including clinical interventions, patient's progress, and quality improvement activities.
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Assists and/or provides patients with personal care, ADL and basic needs under the direct supervision of the licensed nurse.
Maintains a safe, clean, orderly environment.
Occasional exposure to violent and physically aggressive patients required.
Invasive and non-invasive patient contact.
Exposure to patient body fluids.
Ability to lift, pull and carry up to 50 lbs.; ability to push up to 200 lbs. unassisted and 300 lbs. with assistance.
Ability to read and write to communicate both orally and in writing with other individuals.
Ability to stand, squat, reach, bend, walk, twist and/or sit in one place throughout shift.
Ability to use hands and feet together for repetitive, coordinated motions.
Ability to use hands for gripping and squeezing as well as repetitive hand and wrist motion.
Good hand-eye coordination.
Occasional travel outside the facility.
Annual TB skin test.