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ADMHS Psychiatric Technician I and II

Salary: ADMHS Psychiatric Technician I (#5210)

$18.40-$22.46 hourly / $3,200-$3,907 monthly / Range: 5172

ADMHS Psychiatric Technician II (#5211)

$20.64-$25.19 hourly / $3,589-$4,382 monthly / Range: 5402

DEFINITION: Under direction, provides nursing care to mentally ill and emotionally disturbed patients; participates in an overall psychiatric treatment program; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The duties of the Mental Health Technician I/II are essentially the same; the difference is that the Mental Health Technician II has more fully developed skills and is required to act with more independence in the promotion and utilization of effective mental health techniques in providing care for patients.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

  1. Performs a basic level of psychiatric nursing care by assisting in the coordination of services, including assessment, planning, monitoring, documenting, and evaluating services provided as well as by giving personal care to patients, escorting patients, and providing other patient care;
  2. Identifies the personal needs of patients; implements nursing care to individual patients by providing professional nursing assistance, such as taking and charting vital signs and administering medications, treatments, and enemas;
  3. Observes and records patient's condition and behavior and reports significant changes to the appropriate authority; observes a variety of clinical problems and handles the less complex matters within the limits of knowledge and authority;
  4. Under supervision of the appropriate professional staff, provides crisis intervention and provides a behavioral role model for patients by using effective mental health techniques;
  5. cts as a liaison between patient, family, other staff, and other agencies; initiates and holds consultations and family conferences;
  6. Takes admitting psychiatric histories and assists in ongoing treatment, discharge planning and placement of patients; may make home visits; provides services to board and care facilities housing mentally ill patients and provides appropriate after-care services to patients discharged from a psychiatric hospital;
  7. Assists in the collection of research data; gives information regarding departmental services to patients, relatives, other agencies, and the public;
  8. At the Mental Health Tech II level, may serve as a trainer, consultant, and resource for other staff in methods of patient care, department policies and procedures, and specialized practices such as Managing Assaultive Behavior.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

Mental Health Technician I

  1. Possession of a valid license as a Psychiatric Technician issued by the State of California; or,
  2. possession of a valid license as a Vocational Nurse issued by the State of California and one year of nursing experience in a psychiatric facility or community mental health program; or,
  3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge, abilities, and license.

Mental Health Technician II

  1. Possession of a valid license as a Psychiatric Technician issued by the State of California and one year of experience as a Psychiatric Technician in a psychiatric facility or a community mental health program; or,
  2. possession of a valid license as a Vocational Nurse issued by the State of California and two years of nursing experience in a psychiatric facility or a community mental health program; or,
  3. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Mental Health Technician I with Santa Barbara County; or,
  4. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge, abilities, and license.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.

Knowledge of: the fundamentals of nursing care, crisis intervention techniques, patient behavior, and mental hygiene principles and procedures involved in the assessment, care, counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation of emotionally disturbed and mentally ill patients; current first aid methods; medical and psychiatric terminology; pharmacology, including typical reactions and responses to psychotropic drugs and common medications as well as their possible side effects.

Ability to: provide basic psychiatric nursing care to emotionally disturbed and mentally ill patients; learn and apply effective mental health techniques for communicating with persons with mental disorders; understand, interpret, and apply relevant laws and regulations; establish effective working relationships with patients, their families, colleagues, community representatives, and other county staff members; recognize and respect limits of authority and responsibility; keep accurate records and follow oral and written directions.



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