Behavioral Health Technician Job Description

Behavioral Health Technician Job Description

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Behavioral health technician provides case management services to patients receiving behavioral health services, particularly in terms of coordinating care with behavioral health community partners.

Behavioral Health Technician Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective behavioral health technician job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included behavioral health technician job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Requires compliance with all safety and infection control policies required to provide clean and safe environment and prevent injury to patients, employees, or self
Ensure wake-up and bedtime, escorts residents on shopping trips, recreations, meetings, medical appointments
Identifies patient physical care and comfort needs
Performs ongoing observation of patient response to illness and treatment
Collects data through observation
Plans and organizes group activities
NCPI trained
Participates in providing a therapeutic environment through acceptance of patient behavior and guidance toward socially acceptable behavior
Performs basics nursing procedures as required, , bathing, feeding, temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, oral hygiene, etc
Transports patients to and from various departments as requested, upon discharge by wheelchair as required

Behavioral Health Technician Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Behavioral Health Technician

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: BLS, CPR, CPI, CNA, RC, IC

Education for Behavioral Health Technician

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the behavioral health technician job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Associate and High School Degree in Technical, Education, Health, Psychology, Substance Abuse, Social Work, Patient Care, Associates, Computer, Counseling

Skills for Behavioral Health Technician

Desired skills for behavioral health technician include:

Excel
Microsoft Word
Outlook
Developmental stages
Human growth and development
Specimen collection
Storage and transport
Basic health and safety precautions applicable to work in a health care environment
Behavioral principles and individual responses to stressors
Infection control

Desired experience for behavioral health technician includes:

Work environment is indoors and climate controlled
Completion of one to two years of college undergraduate studies in Psychology or mental health related field
Good general physical health with no previous history of back problems
Lifts and carries items weighing up to 50 pounds, exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently
Must have 1 year recent related experience, such as a mental health tech
CNA, desired

Behavioral Health Technician Examples

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Behavioral Health Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of behavioral health technician. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for behavioral health technician
  • Provides crisis intervention and milieu management on the unit to maintain patient and staff safety
  • Performs general clerical and office support duties
  • Intervenes with suicidal gestures, inappropriate behaviors, elopements, , using proper CPI technique
  • Maintains order and ensures compliance with rules and regulations
  • Prioritize work duties and works well under stressful situations
  • Provides a brief overview of the housing program in regard to program rules, procedures, and services
  • Provides appropriate support and structure for clients in dealing with their recovery
  • Obtain vital signs upon admission and at designated times physical symptoms of clients
  • May be required to escort clients on store runs, when necessary, for the purchase of personal items
  • Performs other duties, tasks and services as assigned by the Program Director or supervisor on duty
Qualifications for behavioral health technician
  • Applicants without CPI certification may be considered but must obtain certification within 30 days of hire
  • PRN employees must have a minimum of 1 year recent related experience as a mental health tech
  • In accordance with Minnesota Rules 9530.6450 Subpart 1-B
  • Must also quality for CPI training
  • Ability to read and interpret written information
  • Georgia Nurse’s Aide Certification required ORBehavioral Health Technician
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Behavioral Health Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of behavioral health technician. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for behavioral health technician
  • Provide or assists with providing direct patient care, diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions
  • Establishe a therapeutic relationship with assigned patients
  • Observe and records patient behavior and activities
  • Assist in the care, maintenance and ordering of equipment and supplies
  • Assist patients in establishing effective ways of coping with current problems of daily living as identified in the patient's treatment plan of service
  • Assist with the admission and discharge process as needed
  • Plan and coordinate therapeutic activity for assigned patients, recognizing age-specific needs of the adult or geriatric patient
  • Assisting patients with performing activities of daily living
  • Providing or assisting with providing direct patient care, diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions
  • Observing and recording patient behavior and activities
Qualifications for behavioral health technician
  • Assists patients with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) (bathing, dietary, escorting patient off unit, Etc)
  • Completes patient documentation as appropriate
  • Obtains vital signs/ weights as delegated by Registered Nurse
  • Helps in application and removal of physical restraints when directed to apply by the attending medical provider or primary nurse
  • Previous experience as Certified Nursing Assistant in psychiatric setting is preferred
  • CNA license- AZ
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Behavioral Health Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for a behavioral health technician. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for behavioral health technician
  • Therapeutically communicates with patients
  • Monitors and document’s clients for signs of medical distress and/or behavioral concerns on an ongoing basis
  • Ensures client wake-up and bedtime
  • Logs and distributes daily mail to clients and observes confidentiality standards
  • Records accurate and up-to-date reports on every client and conduct hourly rounds
  • Reports to the supervisor/manager any discrepancies in client's whereabouts
  • Responsible for safe operation of Company vehicles
  • Confiscates and secures any contraband found, and notifies the appropriate manager/ supervisor
  • Randomly inspects rooms, common areas, hallways and bathrooms hourly and performs a thorough search for contraband as needed
  • Maintains professional relationship with all patients and treats all patients with dignity and respect
Qualifications for behavioral health technician
  • 1 plus years of Acute Psychiatric patient care experience
  • Certification in Non-Aggressive Crisis Management
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification must be obtained while in orientation or prior and maintained throughout employment
  • A student nurse who is currently enrolled in nursing school and has completed Nursing Fundamentals AND Anatomy and Physiology I & II preferred
  • 1-2 years previous experience in an inpatient behavioral health setting preferred
  • Must be able to effectively handle escalating behavior and utilize physical safety holds with aggressive patients
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Behavioral Health Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of behavioral health technician. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for behavioral health technician
  • Actively participates in recreational and occupational activities with patients
  • Interact with patients on a one to one basis providing recreational or social activities and reinforce patient teaching
  • Provide protection and control for patients as required to ensure patient safety in the facility
  • Participate in restraining combative patients as necessary
  • The activity Technician develops specifically planned goals and objective in order to implement the therapeutic recreation segment of individual patient program plans
  • Assessment of functioning levels, Strengths and needs, consequently formulating methods and goals for responding to the assessed needs of the patients
  • Documents all activities pertaining to therapies conducted and records progress notes in each inmate/patient's mental health record on a regular basis
  • Assist in maintaining a safe, orderly & therapeutic environment
  • Assists with patient enrollment, check in, orientation to treatment setting, and assist with program activities as assigned
  • Collects patient vital signs, height and weight measurements and documents these in MiChart
Qualifications for behavioral health technician
  • Must complete all required mandatory certifications and in services annually
  • Must be certified in Handle with Care (HWC) within the first three (3) months of hire and bi-annually thereafter
  • Must be able to obtain a AZ Class 1 Fingerprint clearance card with in (3) months of the hire date
  • De-escalation training required within 60 days of hire
  • Two-year degree in related field preferred
  • Previous psychiatric or Nurse Assistant experience with preference for experience as a Mental Health Technician on an inpatient psychiatric unit
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Behavioral Health Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking for a behavioral health technician. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for behavioral health technician
  • Responsible for welcoming new patients, assisting with orientation of programming schedule and rules
  • Conduct patient belongings search when new patient admitted
  • Complete rounds and security checks
  • Participate in coordination of patient’s daily schedule including treatment meetings, behavior interventions, and overall general observation of behavior and level of particiapation
  • Provide support and encouragement to patients
  • Support and encourage patient participation in group, individual, and family counseling services
  • Support clinical services of patients as assigned by clinical manager
  • Provide supportive clinical services to outpatient and inpatient adult population
  • Identify situations which may be potentially harmful to patients and report any patient or safety concerns to Clinical Manager and/or CEO
  • Adhere to company code of ethic and maintain professional boundaries with patients at all times
Qualifications for behavioral health technician
  • Current Missouri CNA license or have completed Fundamentals of Nursing or EMT
  • Ability to lift and ambulate patient
  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice or related discipline
  • A minimum of three (3) months to one (1) year experience
  • Prior experience in behavioral health a plus
  • Must be able to work effectively in a team and possible high stress environment

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