ST. CHARLES HEALTH SYSTEM
TITLE: Behavioral Health Technician
REPORTS TO POSITION: Assistant Manager/ Assistant Nurse
DEPARTMENT: Inpatient Behavioral Health
DATE LAST REVIEWED: July 9, 2019
OUR VISION: Creating America's healthiest community,
OUR MISSION: In the spirit of love and compassion, better
health, better care, better value
OUR VALUES: Accountability, Caring and Teamwork
DEPARTMENT SUMMARY: The Inpatient Behavioral Health Departments
provide services to the community and region including: treatment
for the SPMI population, acute mental health crisis requiring
hospitalization, and collaboration with the outpatient community at
POSITION OVERVIEW: The Behavioral Health Technician assists in
providing direct patient care on both Inpatient Behavioral Health
units. Technicians have an important in meeting the psychosocial
needs of patients and their families and helping patients utilize
services to achieve optimum level of function, in accordance with
St. Charles Health System (SCHS) and Sage View mission, vision,
values, success factors, philosophy, policies and procedures. This
position does not directly manage any other caregivers.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES:
Works within the multidisciplinary team; including Masters Level
Clinicians, Physicians, RNs, etc. in collaboration in the
implementation of the treatment plan.
Implements department policies using reasonable knowledge of
behavioral health principles and practices.
Technicians are asked to be vigilant about safety policies and
Assists in the planning and implementation of therapeutic,
recreational, social and skills training activities to be
implemented on the unit in group setting and in individual
Participates in daily shift change meetings to assist with
evaluation and treatment planning for clients.
Acts as a facilitator or co-facilitator of therapeutic skill
Maintains client records and documents services provided to
reflect progress in treatment.
Assesses individual client functional skills and treatment needs
and communicates assessments with the multidisciplinary team.
May be assigned to a train or teach new caregivers, interns,
volunteers, or other members of the interdisciplinary team
Participates in the development and implementation of Evidenced
Based Practices. Technicians are asked to assess what evidenced
based practices would be most beneficial to patients based on
current mental health issues, psychosis, cognitive abilities, and
Assists with all direct patient care needs, including patient
hygiene, patient transfers, patient belongings, obtaining vitals
signs, serving patient meals, patient rounding, answering phones
and transportation for patients.
Provides crisis intervention and de-escalation to patients as
Supports the vision, mission and values of the organization in
Supports Value Improvement Practice (VIP- Lean) principles of
continuous improvement with energy and enthusiasm, functioning as a
champion of change.
Provides and maintains a safe environment for caregivers,
patients and guests.
Conducts all activities with the highest standards of
professionalism and confidentiality. Complies with all applicable
laws, regulations, policies and procedures, supporting the
organization's corporate integrity efforts by acting in an ethical
and appropriate manner, reporting known or suspected violation of
applicable rules, and cooperating fully with all organizational
investigations and proceedings.
Delivers customer service and/or patient care in a manner that
promotes goodwill, is timely, efficient and accurate.
May perform additional duties of similar complexity within the
organization, as required or assigned.
Participates in creating a healing environment that supports all
aspects of the care environment and the wholeness of each
individual, patient and caregiver.
Provides a therapeutic presence in service to others by
purposefully responding to the needs of patients in a caring way,
including introducing oneself and explaining role in patient's
care, asking the patient his or her preferred name, sitting with
the patient to determine his or her care goals, active listening,
and communicating effectively and appropriately through touch, eye
Provides and maintains a safe environment for caregivers,
patients and guests including participating in Code Gray
interventions as needed
Documents all patient care with proficiency in compliance with
hospital policies, procedures and regulatory agencies.
Required: Bachelor's degree in a behavioral sciences field or a
combination of at least three years relevant education, training or
Required: American Heart Association Basic Life Support for
Healthcare Provider certification.
Valid Oregon driver's license and ability to meet SCHS driving
Oregon Food Handlers Card
Code Gray Training
Preferred: Certified Nursing Assistant-Level 2 with the Oregon
State Board of Nursing or EMT-Basic certification.
Preferred: Two years' experience in the field of mental health,
including one year of inpatient, residential or hospital based
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Must be able to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment
(PPE) required to perform the job safely.
Continually (75% or more): Standing and walking, keyboard
operation, use of clear and audible speaking voice and the ability
to hear normal speech level.
Frequently (50%): Sitting, lifting/carrying/pushing or pulling
1-25 pounds. The use and operation of a motor vehicle for Home
Health and Wound Caregivers.
Occasionally (25%): Bending, stooping/kneeling/crouching,
climbing ladder/step-stool (varies by area), reaching overhead,
lifting/carrying/pushing or pulling 25-50 pounds,
grasping/squeezing, ability to hear whispered speech level.
Rarely (10%): Climbing stairs.
Never (0%): Climbing ladder/step-stool (varies by area),
operation of a motor vehicle.
Exposure to Elemental Factors
Rarely (10%): Wet/slippery area, chemical solution.
Never (0%): Heat, cold, noise, dust, vibration, uneven
Blood-Borne Pathogen (BBP) Exposure Category
Risk for Exposure to BBP
Schedule Weekly Hours:
Third Shift (United States of America)
Is Exempt Position?
Scheduled Days of the Week:
Shift Start & End Time: