Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Licensed Psychiatric Technician (Bilingual - Spanish)

    Job Locations US-CA-Ontario
    Req No.
    2018-3292
    Category
    Case Manager
    Type
    Temporary Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    The Ontario One-Stop Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Drop-In Center offers young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 a safe, accepting and comfortable place. Young adults come to identify the TAY Center as their own safe haven where they can define and succeed in accomplishing their life goals. Our young adult participants often have mental, emotional and/or substance abuse concerns. They come from foster care, group homes, the juvenile justice system, living on the streets, or from the community at large. They come to us to fulfill basic life needs such as a warm meal, a shower or a place to do laundry. After they drop in, they find additional supportive services, such as counseling, job training, housing referrals, GED study classes and other enrichment courses. The TAY Full Service Partnership is an intensive outpatient treatment program designed to stabilize crisis situations and resolve behaviors that interfere with an adolescent’s ability to function at home, school, foster care, and/or in a group home.

     

    Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was founded in 1978 to provide mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in an innovative and cost-effective manner. We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms with the values highlighted on the cover of this directory. Our goal is to improve lives and instill hope by using new and creative treatment strategies while respecting time-proven methods of intervention.

     

    MHS is a Drug-Free workplace therefore all staff must comply with Drug-Free Workplace requirements regarding alcohol and drug use. MHS performs post-offer substance abuse testing on all employees. MHS provides a full range of benefits to regular employees. These benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, partially paid employee health insurance, flexible spending account, paid employee long-term disability insurance, Company-sponsored Retirement Plan, and an individual employee-funded 403(b) plan. Eligibility for benefits is contingent upon employment status; see MHS Employee Handbook for full details.  

    Position Description

    Psychiatric Technicians provides care to mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or mentally retarded patients in the holistic campus and participates in relevant treatment activities / programs. They help patients with their personal health regimes.  They educate and encourage the correct use of oral medications and hypodermic injections, following physician's prescriptions.  Can takes and record measures of patient's general physical condition, such as pulse, temperature, and respiration, to provide baseline or daily information. Observes consumers to detect behavior patterns and reports observations to campus staff.  May lead individual or group educational activities as part of specific therapeutic procedures. May contact patient's relatives by telephone to arrange family conferences.

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Provides professional and personal care of emotionally disturbed consumers and aids in the effective and proper use of previously prescribed medications, observing and evaluating patients' behavior, recognizing symptoms and potential violence, assisting patients in meeting hygiene and nutritional needs.
    • Maintains and ensures a safe environment for patients.
    • Participates in activities/groups where the goal is to induce the patient to develop social skills, increase self-esteem and awareness of reality.
    • Plans and participates in various kinds of rehabilitation, occupational, recreational and group activities.
    • Interviews and screens patients to assist in determining what methods or combination of treatment methods may be most beneficial to patient; assigns patients to group or individual therapy; maintains case load on patients.
    • Conducts home visits to evaluate environment; may recommend patient be placed in board and care home when conditions warrant it.
    • Maintains patient chart, noting such behavior as anxiety, withdrawal, mental or physical progress or regression.
    • Cooperates with professional and technical staff to promote better utilization of resources with respect to patient care.
    • Coordinates the program for transporting patients, including scheduling trips and vehicles; schedules vehicles for services and repairs.
    • Seeks out supervision when unsure of situation or process.
    • Aids in general management of center including running errands as assigned.
    • Maintains a daily log of client contacts.
    • Intervenes for non-open cases in a crisis situation by referring to mental health services.
    • Informs at-risk populations about the need for and availability of Medi-Cal and non-Medi-Cal mental health programs.
    • Provides telephone, walk-in, or drop-in services for referring persons to Medi-Cal and non-Medi-Cal mental health programs.
    • Demonstrates responsibility for equipment. Reports and/or repairs missing or damaged equipment and supplies.
    • MHS requires all employees to attain a minimum degree of cultural competency and cultural sensitivity and to routinely demonstrate these traits in every day work relationships. To this end, each MHS employee must undergo a minimum of four hours of cultural competency training annually.
    • Follows and complies with personnel policies and familiar with MHS Personnel Policy Manual.
    • Complies with all MHS and program rules, policies and procedures including HIPAA standards.
    • Participates in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program and follows guidelines that promote workplace safety.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • High School Diploma, GED Equivalent or certification in Consumer Readiness.
    • Certificate of Completion in Mental Health Worker Training Program.
    • Psychiatric Technician License issued by the California Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician Examiners
    • Licensed Vocational Nurse or Psychiatric Technicians I and II must possess and maintain Psychiatric Technician License issued by the California Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician Examiners.
    • Fluency in English and Spanish

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