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Mental Health Technician (Eagle Creek) (4950785)

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Company: Universal Health Services

Location: Kansas, OK

Date Posted: February 17, 2014

Source: Universal Health Services

Facility: Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health System

The Mental Health Technician provides direct care services and management of children and adolescent patients as prescribed by the physician, therapist, and the treatment team. The MHT assures patient safety, environmental safety and manages patient behavior. The MHT also assists in maintaining safety and cleanliness of the unit. Ninety percent of time spent on the job involves direct patient care—interacting with the patient, either individually or in a group setting. Implements prescribed treatment schedule. Attends to physical needs of patients, such as assistance with personal hygiene tasks, monitoring ADLs, and if necessary feeding and mobility. Provides age specific intervention and supervision appropriate to the developmental level and specific treatment needs of the individual patient. Conducts and assists with selected educational, rehabilitative, and activity groups as assigned and document according to policy and procedures. Provides timely, accurate, and thorough documentation of patient behavior and ...

Facility: Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health System

The Mental Health Technician provides direct care services and management of children and adolescent patients as prescribed by the physician, therapist, and the treatment team. The MHT assures patient safety, environmental safety and manages patient behavior. The MHT also assists in maintaining safety and cleanliness of the unit. Ninety percent of time spent on the job involves direct patient care—interacting with the patient, either individually or in a group setting. Implements prescribed treatment schedule. Attends to physical needs of patients, such as assistance with personal hygiene tasks, monitoring ADLs, and if necessary feeding and mobility. Provides age specific intervention and supervision appropriate to the developmental level and specific treatment needs of the individual patient. Conducts and assists with selected educational, rehabilitative, and activity groups as assigned and document according to policy and procedures. Provides timely, accurate, and thorough documentation of patient behavior and treatment. Documentation reflects professional standards. Assures patient’s rights; acts to prevent, identify, and report abuse. Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements
Skills, Knowledge, & Abilities:
• Accurately conveys patient behavior and status verbally and in writing. Professional verbal and written skills for communicating patient
status and treatment needs to clients, families, professionals, and employees of the facility. Able to verbally adapt spoken communication
to meet needs of patient.
• Proficiency in facilitating patient education groups, recreational activities, and training ADL skills.
• Maintains professional therapeutic relationships with staff, patients, families and visitors. Able to maintain patient confidentiality.
• Ability to safely manage a dangerous and aggressive patient, to verbally communicate to de-escalate a crisis situation, to physically
restrain patients by individual or team restraint per policy, and to protect self and others from aggressive patients or other accidents.
• Ability to handle multiple projects and tasks under deadlines and with short notice.

Education/Training:
• Requires high school graduate or equivalent.
• Prefer Bachelor's degree in the psychology, social work, or related field.

Licensure/Certification:
Current Oklahoma Driver’s License (Required for staff on Driver’s List)

Experience:
Prefer two years work experience in a psychiatric treatment setting with children and adolescents.

Physical/General:
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.
• Must be at least 21 years of age.
• Physical strength necessary to implement patient behavioral crisis intervention.
• Sitting, standing, walking, reaching, bending, stooping as required to assist in patient care. Able to sustain physical activity eight hours
a day and remain on feet eight hours per day.
• Hearing, vision, sensory, and emotional stability sufficient to perform essential job functions.
• Able to deal with stressful situations and changing priorities.
• Able to lift, carry, and lower up to 35 pounds using appropriate body mechanics.
• Able to push patients in wheel chairs up and down hills and pursue running patients.
• Access to reliable transportation; maintains reliable attendance record and arrives in a timely manner.

Conditions of Employment:
Satisfactory reference and background investigation checks. Criminal charges or convictions that occur while employed with SMBHS must be reported within 24 hours to Human Resources. Completion of a pre-employment drug screening and completion of post-employment drug or alcohol tests upon reasonable suspicion of use. Completion of ALL required paperwork prior to reporting for work. Completion of pre-employment physical, proof of Rubella inoculation, TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter, complete or waive HBV series. Successful completion of initial orientation and competency assessment. Maintains current CPR/First Aid certification; and behavioral crisis management certification every year. Attendance at all mandatory nursing meetings; completes annual CEUs, and training on time.

Work Environment:
• Exposes employee to contagious or infectious diseases and to potentially hostile patients and situations. Job stress ranges from low to
intense.
• Category II - Tasks that involve no exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues but employment may require performing UNPLANNED
Category I tasks. Non-smoking work environment. Drug free workplace.

Customers Served:
Patients (children ages 4-12, teenagers ages 13-17); families; direct-care service providers; external funding sources; service, accreditation, and licensing agencies; external case managers; school districts; other staff; and the community.

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