The Behavioral Health Technician is responsible for the overall maintenance of a therapeutic environment in the psychiatric unit and to ensure the safety of patents and staff. Observes and assists assigned mental health patients and helps with daily living activities, therapeutic activities, and socialization. Being a Behavioral Health Technician records information about patients including vital signs, weight, and demeanor. Attends and participates in group therapy, in-service education, and staff meetings. In addition, Behavioral Health Technician may communicate with patients family as needed. Typically requires an associate’s degree of psychology or its equivalent. Typically reports to Registered Nurse (RN) or other supervisor. Being a Behavioral Health Technician gains or has attained full proficiency in a specific area of discipline. Works under moderate supervision. Working as a Behavioral Health Technician typically requires 1-3 years of related experience.
Behavioral Health Technician Job Description Template
Our company is looking for a Behavioral Health Technician to join our team.
- Act as the liaison between the maintenance crew, medical staff and administration staff for all needs of the facility and participants;
- Administer Urinalysis (UA) or Breath Alcohol (BA) tests as needed and documents appropriately;
- Monitor Medications, answer questions regarding medications and use discretion with PRN requests;
- Provide support to those in treatment, detox and residential, whether physical or emotional;
- Provide activity and appointment transportation for those in services;
- Complete all duties assigned to the shift;
- Maintain strict confidentiality and HIPAA compliance;
- Ensure those in services attend all scheduled sessions and activities;
- Adherence to facility policy and procedures, State & Federal law, and TJC regulations and standards;
- Write concise notes in EMR software and communication systems within times determined by company policies;
- Supervision and management of the therapeutic milieu;
- Assist clinical and admissions staff as needed;
- Ensure patients receive their proper medication in a timely manner;
- Monitor the population on campus;
- Provide assistance to patients in day to day activities.
- Outstanding client service skills and abilities;
- Ability to succeed in a sometimes stressful environment;
- CPR Certification Preferred (will assist in attaining, if necessary);
- Valid driver’s license;
- Provide outstanding client service and care with compassion;
- Ability to take direction, use best judgment, make decisions and improvise when needed;
- Cultural sensitivity, and ability to assist a diverse population of clients;
- Competent written and verbal communication;
- Professional appearance, aptitude, and attitude;
- Computer literacy (knowledge of EHR and CRM preferred);
- High school diploma or equivalent;
- Excellent therapeutic and personal boundaries and ethics;
- Good verbal and written communication skills;
- Valid driver’s license for at least 3 years, valid car insurance, and reliable transportation;
- Thorough understanding of group dynamics and group process.