Mental Health Technician
Company: Strategic Behavioral Health
Location: College Station
Posted on: June 20, 2020
Mental Health Technician
Job DetailsLevel EntryJob Location Rock Prairie Behavioral Health -
College Station, TXPosition Type Full TimeEducation Level
NoneSalary Range UndisclosedTravel Percentage NoneJob Shift AnyJob
Category Health CareDescription
Resident Advisor (RA)/Mental Health Technician(MHT)
07/31/2015 Department Approval:
Chief Executive Officer Approval:
LADDER: CLINICAL CATEGORY: CLINICAL
Upon completion of orientation and under direct supervision,
provides a therapeutic milieu to an assigned psychiatric patient
population. Workday is spent observing, encouraging and recording
the patients involvement in activities of daily living,
individualized gains towards prescribed interventions and
psychosocial interactions. The RA/MHT is highly vigilant in
supervision, whereabouts and minimizing risks of all patients.
Continuously serving as a professional role model, the RA/MHT
understands the programs terms, values and structure in support of
the recovery goals. Uses strong verbal and written communication to
inform the treatment team of both need-to-know and nice-to-know
information. Due to the high visibility and significant patient
interaction, this position is frequently the first responder to a
variety of patient situations i.e. codes, behavioral outburst,
attempts to introduce contraband and medical issue. The RA/MHT
adjusts therapeutic approach to acuity, age, gender and cultural
considerations. The RA/MHT position is often a springboard to other
professional roles or increasing responsibility for milieu
Education / Licensure:
Candidate will possess an accredited high school diploma or
successfully pass the High School Equivalence Examination.
Preference is given to those with a degree or considerable
coursework in the behavioral sciences or closely related field,
and/or professional work experience in a psychiatric hospital or
residential treatment center. Some populations may require the
additional endorsement of a Certified Nursing Assistant.
1) General understanding of the more commonly prescribed
psychotropic medications and possible side-effects i.e. detect and
timely involve nursing personnel; 2) Ability to apply cultural
sensitivity and age specific competencies; 3) Effectively applies
program approved policies and procedures; 4) Prepares documentation
to give the most complete description of the patients response and
functioning; 5) Continuously alert to potential safety risks and
unsafe conditions; and 6) Coordinate care within a
multidisciplinary team framework.
Timely renewal of cardiopulmonary resuscitation for healthcare
professionals certification, annual professional skills
verification and Handle with Care (psychiatric crisis management)
AGES and POPULATIONS SERVED
SBH provides access and services to all persons meeting admission
and continuing stay criteria without regards to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, national
origin, military status, veteran status, medical status, handicap
or mental/physical disability. Our patient population reflects the
fullest diversity of the community in which we serve. All staff are
to conduct themselves with respect and consideration for others,
and to appropriately intervene in situations below this
Child (age 1 12 years): [ x ] YES [ ] NO Verified 00/00/00
Adolescent (age 13 17 years): [ x ] YES [ ] NO Verified
Adult (age 18 64 years): [ x ] YES [ ] NO Verified 00/00/00
Geriatric (age 65 years +): [ x ] YES [ ] NO Verified 00/00/00
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- In-person and telephone communication is consistently
attentive, responsive and reflects helpfulness.
- Professional awareness and boundaries are observed. Unnecessary
self-disclosure is minimized.
- Telephones are answered by the third ring whenever possible and
a professional greeting. Dedicated extensions/mobile phones with
voice mail have a personalized greeting, and messages
retrieved/responded to in a timely manner.
- Critical customer encounters are met with advanced customer
service skills and resolved.
- Safely and accurately performs vital signs, electrocardiograms,
body weight and input/outputs. Notes indicators that requires
nursing assessment by a registered nurse.
- Partners with nursing during medication administration to
reduce potential for a medication error.
- Observes and assist patients with personal hygiene and
maintaining personal living space.
- Accompanies patients to outside medical appointments.
- Attends and participates in treatment team meetings as
- Begins shift by receiving report, knowing scheduled activities
and reviewing assigned patients condition.
- Upon admission, obtains initial information/data, searches
patient/belonging to ensure no introduction of contraband, records
belongings, orient and introduces the patient to their assigned
- Proactively prepares self and assigned patients to transitions,
group structure and adheres to program schedule.
- Observes group members dynamics and takes initiative to reduce
- High visibility during increased acuity and takes an active
role with indicated interventions.
- When conducting psycho-educational groups, comes prepared with
materials and utilizes facilitation techniques in support of an
effective group process.
- Records patient observations during indicated timeframe i.e.
after-the-fact documentation isnt an approved practice.
- Ensures the confidentiality of patient records and
- Understands patient rights, feedback/complaint procedures and
appropriate involvement of the chain-of-command.
- Ends shift with communication and reporting to on-coming team.
Performs final review of incomplete tasks and the return of
Medical Records and Confidential Communication
- Appropriately considers the sensitivity and confidentiality of
medical/psychiatric information along with the need-to-know before
sharing information with others.
- Medical records entries are legible, errors minimized, timely
completed and include signature with professional designation.
Users of computer aided records should not share passwords and
signoff to reduce unauthorized utilization.
- Medical records of deficiencies are minimized, and when
identified, corrected as soon as practical.
DEMANDS / WORK ENVIRONMENT
Environment: Located in an indoor climate controlled environment
with constant exposure to patients with a psychiatric diagnosis
along with medical complications. Patient acuity will at times
increase environmental stressors and sound volume.
Sight: Vision abilities required include close vision, distance
vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and
ability to adjust focus.
Hearing: Must be able to hear and respond to others in person, by
telephone, alarms and to medical equipment/devices.
OSHA Category 1: Task occasionally may involve exposure to blood,
body fluids, tissue and other potentially infectious materials. The
use of universal precautions, personal protective equipment,
regular hand washing, and following manufacturing guidelines can
greatly reduce exposure risk.
Physical: This position requires regular sitting, stooping,
standing, walking and lifting/reaching/carrying materials up to 35
lbs. Psychiatric emergencies require the use of safe physical
techniques to lift and/or move patients in excess of 100lbs. Some
patient care settings may have patients requiring assistance in
repositioning and transferring from bed to chair.
The above job responsibilities are representative of the essential
job functions. Upon completion of the hiring process, SBH assumes
the employee can satisfactory perform and safely meet these
requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individual with disabilities to perform these essential
I have read the above position summary and corresponding job
requirements. After review, I possess the minimum qualifications of
the job and able to satisfactory and safely perform this position.
Further, I understand this facility operates on a 24 hour / 7 day a
week / 365 day per year bases, thus voluntarily agree to work hours
outside of those routinely scheduled (holidays, weekends and
greater than eight hours per shift). With advance notice, SBH may
at its sole discretion adjust work assignments or changes duties
associated with this position.
Employee Signature Date Human Resources Date
Qualifications Requirements of this Position:
- Associates degree in a behavioral health discipline or be
pursuing a bachelors degree in a behavioral health discipline, or
possess an active, unencumbered Texas CNA certification
- High School degree or equivalent required.
- Successful completion of CPR and crisis intervention procedures
The selected candidate will receive a competitive base salary,
along with an attractive benefit package which includes:
- Medical (choice of options), dental and vision insurance
- Long and short-term disability
- Paid time off
- 401(k) with company match
Scheduled shifts are 7am - 7:30 pm and 7 pm - 7:30 am
Strategic Behavioral Health provides equal employment opportunities
to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender,
sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
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