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Behavioral Health Technician Psychiatric Adult Full-Time Days St. Joseph's

  • Job ID 1905015146
  • Date posted 04/15/2019
  • Facility Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital

The Behavioral Health Technician will function as support to licensed behavioral health personnel. With minimum supervision the BHT provides therapeutic services and individualized patient care with particular attention to the mental, spiritual, and emotional needs of the patient and the family.


Provide specific care under the direction of licensed behavioral health personnel and ensure that activities of daily living are provided including hygiene, mobility, and feeding.

Provide crisis intervention, didactic, and activity groups for patients. Demonstrate basic knowledge of psychiatric medications.

Demonstrate the ability to handle disruptions in the milieu without injury to patients or staff by applying effective therapeutic interventions.

Collaborate in the development, implementation, monitoring, review, and revision of treatment plans and treatment goals.

Monitor patients taking medication.

Perform patient care: Accucheck, vital signs, height & weight, Intake & Output procedures, and any specimen collection.

Assist with food delivery and tray pick-up. Assist patients with meals. Monitor intake.

Process patient admissions and transfers from other units. Complete appropriate procedures of belongings and clothing inventory, contraband checks, and medications. Assemble chart and initiate observation checklist.

Complete daily routine: morning vital signs, shift report, assignments and assignment sheet, patient and Family Education forms, and chart checks.

Complete nightly routine: Lights out, chart stuffing/filing, chart audits, discharge summary,

Follow discharge process: retrieve items from the safe, disposition of belongings, chart broken down. Complete discharge documentation including Inventory form and patient satisfaction survey.

Maintain orderliness of environment of care. Maintain temperature, lighting, and noise control.

Maintain orderly storage of equipment, return all equipment used, label and report any malfunctioning equipment.

Maintain licensing regulations and policy requirements for treatment of clients, treatment plans, crisis management, and ethical behavior.

Maintain established departmental policies and procedures, safety, environmental, and infection control standards. Complete work in accordance to specific standards with minimal supervision.

Follow patient safety procedures including patient identification, observation, and crisis management. Perform all duties in a safe manner with respect to the safety of self and others.

Operate a multiple-line telephone. Utilize voice messaging appropriately. Relay information pertaining to patient care within scope of practice in a timely manner to other team members.

Level 2 – Proficient (in addition to above duties)

  • Promote awareness of differing cultural, social, and religious needs among patients, family and caregivers.
  • Demonstrate ability to prioritize tasks according to urgency. Develop a routine that allows for maximum use of time. Exhibit ability to effectively multitask.

Level 3 – Subject Matter Expert (in addition to above duties)

  • Practice problem solving techniques by verbalizing proper steps to take during a confrontational situation.
  • Participate in quality improvement measures within the department.
  • Serve as a preceptor for new Behavioral Technicians and assist with training new staff.


Required: High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (G.E.D.)

Preferred: Associates or Bachelors Degree in behavioral health related field.


Required: Current CPR, CPI (or equivalent). (Can obtain during orientation).


Required: Six weeks of Behavioral Health work experience.

Preferred: Two years of Behavioral Health experience on an acute, inpatient psychiatric unit providing direct care to patients.


Required: Must possess excellent human relations skills.

Preferred: Able to conduct therapeutic individual and or group activities for patients.


Required: Must have a working knowledge of medical and psychiatric terminology, commonly prescribed psychiatric medications, and ability to meet the unique needs of the client population.

Preferred: Basic computer skills.

Required: Must be 21 years old per Arizona Admin Code R9-20-204.

Must be able to work variable shifts, holidays and/or weekends. Must be able to perform all duties, including lifting and transferring, using proper body mechanics. Must be able to transport self to various sites as required. When using own vehicle must have valid Arizona drivers’ license and proof of insurance that meets the minimum standards of the state of Arizona.

Job: Behavioral Tech
Primary Location: Tucson, Arizona
Facility: Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital
Job Type: Full-time
Shift Type: Days

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