POSITION: Behavioral Health Technician
REPORTS TO: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CLINICAL DIRECTOR
DESCRIPTION: The position is to provide support to all clinical and administrative staff to up hold expectations of said parties. To ensure the agency’s rules and regulations are being followed. To ensure the integrity of the agency and population served is being upheld. Developing clinically appropriate, boundary driven, supportive relationships with the population served. Functioning as a liaison between administration, clinical and the population served.
- Provides care to patients in a manner that promotes safety, comfort, and the therapeutic environment.
- Assists patients with activities of daily living; attends to patient behavioral problems and provides assistance in crisis intervention, as needed.
- Works with other members of a multi-disciplinary team in leading milieu activities such as current groups, community meetings, goals groups, fitness groups, activities of daily living groups, and/or recreational activities, as appropriate to the specified patient population.
- Charts patient observations, activities in accordance to the designated 30 minute intervals
- Participates in the development and implementation of patient treatment programs.
- Maintains confidentiality of patient records.
- Transport patients to and from appointments, clinics, laboratories, and/or treatments, as and when appropriate.
- May perform initial patient evaluations to determine treatment priorities; may take vital signs, weights, and urine specimens as appropriate to the specified patient population.
- Attends and participates in group sessions, in-service education, and staff meetings.
- Maintains established institutional rules and regulations, policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance program, and safety, environmental and infection control standards.
- Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in service meetings and workshops.
- May provide liaison with patients, families of patients, or external facilities and agencies.
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
- Assist with assessments as assigned.
- Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis. High school diploma or GED; at least 6 months of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified; directly related, completed degrees from accredited institutions may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
- Ability to interact with faculty and/or staff in a team environment.
- Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques.
- Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
- Knowledge of certification requirements and standards.
- Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
- Ability to provide basic therapeutic care or intervene when appropriate on the population served
- Ability to understand and follow safety procedures.
- Ability to assess and provide for the day-to-day needs of mentally, emotionally and/or co-occurring diagnosed patients.
- Skill in preparing and maintaining patient records.
- Knowledge of patient care charts and patient histories.
- Ability to communicate and interact with mental health professionals in a team environment.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
- Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
- Work involves moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
- Exposure to disturbed and potentially aggressive patients is possible. Stress ranges from low to intense depending on situation.
- Physical strength necessary to implement CPI interventions.
- Sitting, standing, walking, reaching, bending, stooping as required to assist in patient care.