A Behavioral Health Technician assists the counselors/therapeutic/nursing staff by providing clinical support to adults or children who are receiving substance abuse, mental health services or co-occurring disorders in residential programs, inpatient settings, day/evening programs, outpatient programs and/or community-based programs. This position is responsible for, but is not limited to: Establishing a positive helping relationship with persons receiving services. Assisting persons receiving services to complete activities of daily living, including accessing needed resources and building functional relationships with others. Ensuring the safety of the person receiving services. Implementing specific interventions according to the person’s treatment or service plan. Monitoring and documenting the person’s progress.
Minimum Job Qualifications:
- At least one (1) year of experience working directly with seriously emotionally disturbed children or seriously mentally ill adults, or completed one year (24 hours) of college classes.
- Must be able to provide individualized, integrated mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring services to meet the needs of individuals served and their families, as required.
- Must be able to travel locally to person’s served homes, training locations and other locations as necessary.
- Must be able to pass organization screening requirements, including state or federal background screenings as appropriate.
- Must have a valid driver license, a good driving record and be insurable under the corporate policy.
- Works under the supervision of a bachelor’s (minimum) level practitioner or Registered Nurse.
- Provide services which support recovery and build resilience.
- Maintain knowledgeable of the population(s) served and awareness of the impact substance abuse and mental illness has on an individual and family.
- Maintain awareness of the importance of language and avoids stigmatizing language and conduct.
- Teach basic and community living skills either individually or in group settings.
- Implement designated interventions, and behavioral plans.
- Organize, supervises and encourages participation in social, educational, spiritual, cultural and recreational activities.
- Assist and supervise clients in completing daily living activities such as but not limited to hygiene, grooming and meals.
- Work with the family or designated support persons to understand needs of the client and to help the family/support person assist in the interventions.
- Monitor and observe clients as appropriate and measures response to interventions.
- Foster recovery by assisting the client in wellness and relapse prevention planning activities.
- Teach basic coping skills to help build resilience.
- Take accurate vital signs and appropriately monitors vital signs.
- Provide individualized person centered services.
- Provide services based on strengths, needs, abilities, preferences cultural identity and language of the client.
- Use good communication skills including active listening, feedback and attending behaviors with clients, their support persons and other staff.
- Recognize and demonstrates appropriate boundaries in interactions with the client, the client’s support persons.
- Assess for and respond appropriately to client risk situations/events.
- Recognize and respond appropriately to unsafe behaviors, situations and environments.
- Recognize and respond to high risk factors including suicidal and homicidal ideation.
- Recognize, respond to and defuse volatile or dangerous situations in an appropriate manner.
- Seek supervision and consultation as needed.
- Recognize and manage transfer of care and other critical points in treatment (critical risk points include but are not limited to: initial contact; change or transfer of care; change in legal status; change in life events; change in mental status; change in physical condition; change to a less restrictive level of care; discharge from services).
- Appropriate use of seclusion and restraints.
- Communicate with others regarding client risk situations.
- Maintain documentation and productivity to agency and program standards.
- Complete documentation in an accurate, clear, legible and timely manner to agency standards.
- Monitor and document progress of the client in relation to treatment/service goals and objectives.
- Maintain productivity set by program/organization.
- Provide appropriate notice for absences, is not excessively or chronically absent as defined by the attendance policy.
Interested applicants please visit www.elakeviewcenter.org and complete the on-line application. If you require additional assistance, please call Human Resources at 850-469-3729.
Lakeview Center is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Drug Free/Nicotine Free Workplace Employer, DRUG TESTING/NICOTINE TESTING REQUIRED.