- High School Diploma or GED
- Bachelor's Degree
- EMT Experience
- BLS Certification
Halifax Health is seeking a Mental Health Technician for the Psychiatric Services Department.
The Mental Health Technician is a para-professional healthcare employee who provides direct patient care and observation to adolescent, adult and geriatric patients, under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse.
High School Diploma or GED equivalent required
Paramedic/EMT/CNA or 2nd Year RN Student and BLS required.
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or related degree in a mental health field preferred.
One year experience working as a CNA/Paramedic/EMT preferred.
Some experience working with Mental Health clients preferred.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides continuous patient care, direct observation/supervision, interaction and positive role modeling to the child, adolescent, adult or geriatric patient in a manner that promotes safety and therapeutic treatment
Works with other members of a multi-disciplinary team in facilitating milieu activities such as community meetings, goals, groups and recreational activities as appropriate to the specified patient population
Assist patients with activities of daily living (ADL)
Ability to respond to patients with empathy and with positive interpersonal skills
Recognizes potential escalation of behavior and has the ability to use appropriate and effective de-escalation skills
Ability to react calmly and therapeutically in a crisis situation
Knowledge of potential risks and safety precautions in the care of mental health patients including conducting observation checks according to policy and procedure
Reports patient status, issues, concerns and behavioral changes of the patient to the RN
Maintains patient confidentiality and is compliant with HIPAA requirements
Serves as a role model providing structure and guidance to patients in positive ways
Exhibits organizational ability, sound judgment and initiative
Interacts positively and effectively with patient, family members and other members of the multidisciplinary team
Attends staff meetings, trainings, in-service presentations and completes all mandatory education requirements
Follows policy and procedures and all regulatory agencies requirements related to use of seclusion and/or restraint
Compliant with assigned schedule and time and attendance policy
Performs other duties as assigned or directed