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Mental Health Technician

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY


The Mental Health Technician functions as an active part of the treatment team, providing continuous patient care, supervision, interaction, and role modeling to patients ranging in age from preschool through geriatrics depending on which unit worked. MHT's work under the direction of a Registered Nurse.


STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE


THE ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS ARE CATEGORIZED UNDER THE JCAHO STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE.


Assessment


  • Take and record vital signs properly.

  • Utilize sound judgment during assessment and observe and documents any changes in a patient's


appearance, behavior or ability to work toward treatment plan goals.


  • Communicate changes in patient's condition to the charge nurse.


Treatment Planning


  • Follow the therapeutic interventions outlined by the treatment team for each patient.

  • Ensure awareness of patient's individualized plan of care including goals and interventions.

  • Provide information to the charge nurse that assists in the development and revision of the


treatment plan.


  • Document the treatment plan, nursing interventions and the patient's response to the intervention.


Intervention


  • Ensure intervention is based on the patient's plan of care.

  • Employ appropriate crisis intervention techniques as needed.

  • Employ facility approved Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behavior (CPI/PMAB) techniques as

  • Assist patients through the discharge process.

  • Assist patients with personal hygiene and activities of daily living.


Milieu Management


  • Comply with the established policies and procedures requiring a safe, clean and therapeutic

  • Practice universal precautions and environmental safety guidelines.

  • Recognize and respond to priorities in patient care responsibilities.

  • Supervise and assist patients in all patient areas.

  • Check patients for contraband and manage the patient's valuables and belongings.

  • Report potential crisis situations to the nurse in charge and responds in an appropriate fashion.

  • Ensure patient safety through continuous supervision of patient.

  • Establish and maintain a professional therapeutic relationship with patients.


Teaching


  • Teach the patient proper hygiene and ensure adherence to hygiene methods.

  • Carry out teaching activities identified in the treatment plan under the supervision of the RN

  • Model and teach appropriate social skills.

  • Re-enforce the importance of medication compliance, and monitor activity of compliance.

  • Orient patients to their unit and program, providing continuous guidance as needed.


Performance


  • Assume responsibilities for the completion of all patient care responsibilities and other assigned

  • Act as the patient's advocate and assure that patient's rights are upheld.

  • Comply with established measures for infection control, OSHA regulations, and risk management.

  • Comply with the Employee Code of Ethics.

  • Adhere to all facility and personnel policies and procedures.

  • Participate in continuous Performance Improvement activities.


Specific Standards for the Care of Child Patients Ages 5 through 11


  • Maintain knowledge of the Child Program rules, protocols and handbooks guidelines.

  • Maintain knowledge of children's stages of development and seek guidance from the nurse in charge


when questions about the norms for behavior related to child development arise.


  • Assess patients for behaviors consistent with the developmental stages and make note of any deviations in behavior, and/or history of physical and/or sexual abuse issues.

  • Recognize acting out behavior of child specific age group and set appropriate limits in clear, concise, behavioral and non-judgmental terms based on the age of the patient.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of learning disabilities and translates treatment/program expectations to the learning disabled child.

  • Relate to child patients in an age appropriate manner.

  • Utilize seclusion and restraint procedures with an understanding of the need for modification in regard to smaller body sizes of children, abandonment issues and the history of physical and/or sexual abuse issue.

  • Act as a resource to other staff in regard to the Child Patient Programs.


Specific Standards for the Care of Adolescent Patients Ages 12 through 18


  • Maintain knowledge of the Adolescent Program rules, protocols and handbooks guidelines.

  • Assess patients for behaviors consistent with the developmental stages and makes note of any deviations in behavior.

  • Recognize acting out behavior of adolescent specific age group and set appropriate limits in clear, concise, behavioral and non-judgmental terms based on the age of the patient.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of learning disabilities and translates treatment/program expectations to the learning disabled adolescent.

  • Relate to adolescent patients in an age appropriate manner.

  • Utilize seclusion and restraint procedures with an understanding of the need for modification in regard to smaller body sizes of adolescents, abandonment issues and the history of physical and/or sexual abuse issue.

  • Act as a resource to other staff in regard to the Adolescent Patient Programs.


Specific Standards for the Care of Adult Patients Ages 19 through 64


  • Gather information from the patient, family and interdisciplinary team and use judgments based on knowledge of adult behaviors in treatment planning and interventions.

  • Recognize behaviors and set appropriate limits in clear, concise, behaviors and non-judgmental terms.

  • Utilize seclusion/restraint procedures applicable to adult body size and past history of violent or emotional behaviors.

  • Maintain current knowledge of the Adult Program rules, protocols and handbook guidelines.

  • Utilize theoretical concepts to guide the effective practice of adult care within Specific Standards of Care for this age group.


Specific Standards for the Care of Geriatric Patients Ages 65 and older


  • Maintain knowledge of the developmental tasks and sociological theories of aging.

  • Utilize theoretical concepts to guide the effective practice of gerontological health care


and behavioral care.


  • Gather the appropriate information from the patient, family and interdisciplinary team and use therapeutic judgments based on knowledge of gerontological health/behavioral care practices to develop a comprehensive plan of care.

  • Utilize interventions based on gerontological theory to restore patient’s functional capabilities and to prevent complications and excess disability.

  • Maintain knowledge of treatments, medications and side effects of such in the geriatric age group.


Specific Standards for the Care of Chemically Dependent Patients


  • Assesses patient needs as related to chemical dependency and document the plan of care from the admission through discharge.

  • Collaborate with other chemical dependency staff professionals in planning for discharge and follow-up care.

  • Maintain an awareness of how personal issues relating to co-dependency can impact work


performance/relationships.


Additional Standards


  • Adhere to facility, department, corporate, personnel and standard policies and procedures.

  • Attend all mandatory facility in-services and staff development activities as scheduled.

  • Adhere to facility standards concerning conduct, dress, attendance and punctuality.

  • Support facility-wide quality/performance improvement goals and objectives.

  • Maintain confidentiality of facility employees and patient information.


Note: The job functions of this position are not limited to the duties listed above. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES


THIS SECTION DESCRIBES WHAT KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES AN EMPLOYEE IN THIS POSITION SHOULD CURRENTLY POSSESS. THIS LIST MAY NOT BE COMPLETE FOR ALL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION.


  • Knowledge of all code procedures.

  • Knowledge of personal hygiene training techniques.

  • Knowledge of psychiatric care techniques.

  • Knowledge of aggressive behavior management techniques.

  • Thorough knowledge and training in CPR.

  • Knowledge of admitting procedures.

  • Knowledge of A&R intake calls.

  • Knowledge of BIRP charting.

  • Skill in organizing and prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines.

  • Skill in telephone etiquette and paging procedures.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients and co-workers.

  • Ability to adhere to safety policies and procedures.

  • Ability to use good judgment and to maintain confidentiality of information.

  • Ability to work as a team player.

  • Ability to demonstrate tact, resourcefulness, patience and dedication.

  • Ability to accept direction and adhere to policies and procedures.

  • Ability to recognize the importance of adapting to the various patient age groups (adolescent,


adult and geriatric).


  • Ability to participate in all aspects of patient care management.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to meet corporate deadlines.

  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.


PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND SPECIAL DEMANDS


  • Ability to stand sit or walk up to six hours, sit for up to two hours.

  • Ability to move frequently is required in the delivery of patient care.

  • Visual acuity is needed for accurate reading of patient charts and for demonstrating activities or assisting patients in activities.

  • Ability to spend 20% of the work day outdoors in temperatures varying form 30°-100°F and 80% of the work day indoors in temperatures varying from 60°-85°

  • Ability to occasionally push/pull wheeled carts from 200 lbs. (i.e., crash cart, EKG machine,


patient on stretchers or in wheelchairs).


  • Ability to frequently lift and carry up to 10 lbs. (i.e. juices, charts, patient's belongings) and


occasionally lift and carry up to 100 lbs. (a patient).


  • Ability to frequently reach above, at or below shoulder height (obtain supplies, reach in cabinets, use refrigerator), kneel, bend, stoop, turn, twist.

  • Ability to frequently handle, through gross and fine manipulations, simple grasping, twisting and fingering of small objects (telephone buttons, thermometers with both hands).

  • Ability to operate a van in a safe manner.

  • Ability to see well enough to read written material and discern a variety of odors.

  • Ability to occasionally handle hazardous/infectious waste.

  • Ability to work in an environment where the noise level is frequently high; where chemicals are frequently used for cleaning; where mechanical and electrical hazards may be occasionally present; and where dust, mist and steam are frequently generated in housekeeping tasks.

  • Ability to work at a rapid pace and tolerate a variety of repetitive tasks.


MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, AND OTHER WORK AIDES:


  • Medical and nursing equipment and supplies.

  • Telephone and paging systems.

  • Art equipment and supplies.

  • Gym equipment and supplies.

  • Policies, procedures, plans, and program manuals.


Job Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS


Education: High School Degree or equivalent preferred; or Certified Nursing Assistant preferred;


Degree from an accredited college or university in social work, recreational therapy or appropriate therapeutic discipline.


Experience: One year of related experience, with a knowledge of psychiatric patient care techniques with understanding of mental illness, preferred.


Licensure: Must maintain a valid driver's license in the applicable state.


Additional Requirements: Successful completion CPR certification and Management of Aggressive Behavior training to within 90 days of employment prior to assisting with restraining procedures. May be required to work overtime and flexible hours.

Job Snapshot

Location US-IL-New Lenox
Employment Type Full-Time
Pay Type Year
Pay Rate N/A
Store Type Health Care
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Company Overview

Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital

Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital will be a behavioral hospital that will provide specialized acute care for behavioral health and addiction treatment. Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital will offer a full continuum of specialized, evidence-based behavioral health services to adolescents, adults and senior adults. Inpatient, day hospital and intensive outpatient programs will be provided and as a community service, the hospital will provide mental health assessments 24/7, at no charge. Learn More

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Employment Type:
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Pay Type:
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Pay Rate:
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Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY


The Mental Health Technician functions as an active part of the treatment team, providing continuous patient care, supervision, interaction, and role modeling to patients ranging in age from preschool through geriatrics depending on which unit worked. MHT's work under the direction of a Registered Nurse.


STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE


THE ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS ARE CATEGORIZED UNDER THE JCAHO STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE.


Assessment


  • Take and record vital signs properly.

  • Utilize sound judgment during assessment and observe and documents any changes in a patient's


appearance, behavior or ability to work toward treatment plan goals.


  • Communicate changes in patient's condition to the charge nurse.


Treatment Planning


  • Follow the therapeutic interventions outlined by the treatment team for each patient.

  • Ensure awareness of patient's individualized plan of care including goals and interventions.

  • Provide information to the charge nurse that assists in the development and revision of the


treatment plan.


  • Document the treatment plan, nursing interventions and the patient's response to the intervention.


Intervention


  • Ensure intervention is based on the patient's plan of care.

  • Employ appropriate crisis intervention techniques as needed.

  • Employ facility approved Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behavior (CPI/PMAB) techniques as

  • Assist patients through the discharge process.

  • Assist patients with personal hygiene and activities of daily living.


Milieu Management


  • Comply with the established policies and procedures requiring a safe, clean and therapeutic

  • Practice universal precautions and environmental safety guidelines.

  • Recognize and respond to priorities in patient care responsibilities.

  • Supervise and assist patients in all patient areas.

  • Check patients for contraband and manage the patient's valuables and belongings.

  • Report potential crisis situations to the nurse in charge and responds in an appropriate fashion.

  • Ensure patient safety through continuous supervision of patient.

  • Establish and maintain a professional therapeutic relationship with patients.


Teaching


  • Teach the patient proper hygiene and ensure adherence to hygiene methods.

  • Carry out teaching activities identified in the treatment plan under the supervision of the RN

  • Model and teach appropriate social skills.

  • Re-enforce the importance of medication compliance, and monitor activity of compliance.

  • Orient patients to their unit and program, providing continuous guidance as needed.


Performance


  • Assume responsibilities for the completion of all patient care responsibilities and other assigned

  • Act as the patient's advocate and assure that patient's rights are upheld.

  • Comply with established measures for infection control, OSHA regulations, and risk management.

  • Comply with the Employee Code of Ethics.

  • Adhere to all facility and personnel policies and procedures.

  • Participate in continuous Performance Improvement activities.


Specific Standards for the Care of Child Patients Ages 5 through 11


  • Maintain knowledge of the Child Program rules, protocols and handbooks guidelines.

  • Maintain knowledge of children's stages of development and seek guidance from the nurse in charge


when questions about the norms for behavior related to child development arise.


  • Assess patients for behaviors consistent with the developmental stages and make note of any deviations in behavior, and/or history of physical and/or sexual abuse issues.

  • Recognize acting out behavior of child specific age group and set appropriate limits in clear, concise, behavioral and non-judgmental terms based on the age of the patient.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of learning disabilities and translates treatment/program expectations to the learning disabled child.

  • Relate to child patients in an age appropriate manner.

  • Utilize seclusion and restraint procedures with an understanding of the need for modification in regard to smaller body sizes of children, abandonment issues and the history of physical and/or sexual abuse issue.

  • Act as a resource to other staff in regard to the Child Patient Programs.


Specific Standards for the Care of Adolescent Patients Ages 12 through 18


  • Maintain knowledge of the Adolescent Program rules, protocols and handbooks guidelines.

  • Assess patients for behaviors consistent with the developmental stages and makes note of any deviations in behavior.

  • Recognize acting out behavior of adolescent specific age group and set appropriate limits in clear, concise, behavioral and non-judgmental terms based on the age of the patient.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of learning disabilities and translates treatment/program expectations to the learning disabled adolescent.

  • Relate to adolescent patients in an age appropriate manner.

  • Utilize seclusion and restraint procedures with an understanding of the need for modification in regard to smaller body sizes of adolescents, abandonment issues and the history of physical and/or sexual abuse issue.

  • Act as a resource to other staff in regard to the Adolescent Patient Programs.


Specific Standards for the Care of Adult Patients Ages 19 through 64


  • Gather information from the patient, family and interdisciplinary team and use judgments based on knowledge of adult behaviors in treatment planning and interventions.

  • Recognize behaviors and set appropriate limits in clear, concise, behaviors and non-judgmental terms.

  • Utilize seclusion/restraint procedures applicable to adult body size and past history of violent or emotional behaviors.

  • Maintain current knowledge of the Adult Program rules, protocols and handbook guidelines.

  • Utilize theoretical concepts to guide the effective practice of adult care within Specific Standards of Care for this age group.


Specific Standards for the Care of Geriatric Patients Ages 65 and older


  • Maintain knowledge of the developmental tasks and sociological theories of aging.

  • Utilize theoretical concepts to guide the effective practice of gerontological health care


and behavioral care.


  • Gather the appropriate information from the patient, family and interdisciplinary team and use therapeutic judgments based on knowledge of gerontological health/behavioral care practices to develop a comprehensive plan of care.

  • Utilize interventions based on gerontological theory to restore patient’s functional capabilities and to prevent complications and excess disability.

  • Maintain knowledge of treatments, medications and side effects of such in the geriatric age group.


Specific Standards for the Care of Chemically Dependent Patients


  • Assesses patient needs as related to chemical dependency and document the plan of care from the admission through discharge.

  • Collaborate with other chemical dependency staff professionals in planning for discharge and follow-up care.

  • Maintain an awareness of how personal issues relating to co-dependency can impact work


performance/relationships.


Additional Standards


  • Adhere to facility, department, corporate, personnel and standard policies and procedures.

  • Attend all mandatory facility in-services and staff development activities as scheduled.

  • Adhere to facility standards concerning conduct, dress, attendance and punctuality.

  • Support facility-wide quality/performance improvement goals and objectives.

  • Maintain confidentiality of facility employees and patient information.


Note: The job functions of this position are not limited to the duties listed above. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES


THIS SECTION DESCRIBES WHAT KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES AN EMPLOYEE IN THIS POSITION SHOULD CURRENTLY POSSESS. THIS LIST MAY NOT BE COMPLETE FOR ALL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION.


  • Knowledge of all code procedures.

  • Knowledge of personal hygiene training techniques.

  • Knowledge of psychiatric care techniques.

  • Knowledge of aggressive behavior management techniques.

  • Thorough knowledge and training in CPR.

  • Knowledge of admitting procedures.

  • Knowledge of A&R intake calls.

  • Knowledge of BIRP charting.

  • Skill in organizing and prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines.

  • Skill in telephone etiquette and paging procedures.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients and co-workers.

  • Ability to adhere to safety policies and procedures.

  • Ability to use good judgment and to maintain confidentiality of information.

  • Ability to work as a team player.

  • Ability to demonstrate tact, resourcefulness, patience and dedication.

  • Ability to accept direction and adhere to policies and procedures.

  • Ability to recognize the importance of adapting to the various patient age groups (adolescent,


adult and geriatric).


  • Ability to participate in all aspects of patient care management.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to meet corporate deadlines.

  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.


PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND SPECIAL DEMANDS


  • Ability to stand sit or walk up to six hours, sit for up to two hours.

  • Ability to move frequently is required in the delivery of patient care.

  • Visual acuity is needed for accurate reading of patient charts and for demonstrating activities or assisting patients in activities.

  • Ability to spend 20% of the work day outdoors in temperatures varying form 30°-100°F and 80% of the work day indoors in temperatures varying from 60°-85°

  • Ability to occasionally push/pull wheeled carts from 200 lbs. (i.e., crash cart, EKG machine,


patient on stretchers or in wheelchairs).


  • Ability to frequently lift and carry up to 10 lbs. (i.e. juices, charts, patient's belongings) and


occasionally lift and carry up to 100 lbs. (a patient).


  • Ability to frequently reach above, at or below shoulder height (obtain supplies, reach in cabinets, use refrigerator), kneel, bend, stoop, turn, twist.

  • Ability to frequently handle, through gross and fine manipulations, simple grasping, twisting and fingering of small objects (telephone buttons, thermometers with both hands).

  • Ability to operate a van in a safe manner.

  • Ability to see well enough to read written material and discern a variety of odors.

  • Ability to occasionally handle hazardous/infectious waste.

  • Ability to work in an environment where the noise level is frequently high; where chemicals are frequently used for cleaning; where mechanical and electrical hazards may be occasionally present; and where dust, mist and steam are frequently generated in housekeeping tasks.

  • Ability to work at a rapid pace and tolerate a variety of repetitive tasks.


MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, AND OTHER WORK AIDES:


  • Medical and nursing equipment and supplies.

  • Telephone and paging systems.

  • Art equipment and supplies.

  • Gym equipment and supplies.

  • Policies, procedures, plans, and program manuals.


Job Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS


Education: High School Degree or equivalent preferred; or Certified Nursing Assistant preferred;


Degree from an accredited college or university in social work, recreational therapy or appropriate therapeutic discipline.


Experience: One year of related experience, with a knowledge of psychiatric patient care techniques with understanding of mental illness, preferred.


Licensure: Must maintain a valid driver's license in the applicable state.


Additional Requirements: Successful completion CPR certification and Management of Aggressive Behavior training to within 90 days of employment prior to assisting with restraining procedures. May be required to work overtime and flexible hours.

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