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Mental Health Associate-Per Diem

Job Code:  226316
Facility: Rivendell Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas
Location: BENTON, AR US
Travel Involved: None
Job Type: Per Diem
Job Level: 
Minimum Education Required: High School or equivalent 
Category: Healthcare - Rehabilitation
FTE: .010
Position Summary:

Supervision of patients while on and off the unit, to include school, groups, activities, etc. Able to use a calm but assertive voice.
Monitors for patient safety and reports pertinent information to Registered Nurse and/or Charge nurse.
Manages the milieu by knowing and following the program, keeping the patients on schedule, running the milieu groups, and maintaining the integrity of the program. Completes 15 minute patient room checks and understands different levels of observation. Completes Vitals on assigned patients. 

Demonstrates knowledge and competency in age-specific criteria of the unit to which assignment is made:
Assists with activities of daily living as indicated for the specific unit including safety issues related to immobility, safety, restraints, and decreased sensorium. Is able to assess the patient's level of orientation and identify cues for assessment based on functioning level. Understands the specific unit programming and functioning level interventions to meet the needs of the more chronic patient.
Acute Care Unit (ages 5 through 17)  Adult Services Unit (ages 18 and up)
Understands the difference between age appropriate behaviors versus pathological behaviors in the patient population. Understands the uniqueness of the program tract and the focus on development status.
Monitors patients on precautions in accordance with hospital policies.
Leads milieu groups, helps patients set daily goals, completes goal sheet scoring on an hourly basics. Aware of number of patients he/she should have under their care at all times, and where those patients are.
Helps patients identify their strengths and offers positive reinforcement as they practice using them. Able to set and enforce limits without being overbearing or threatening.
Monitors visitation, AA groups and answers patient and family questions about patient care.
Under supervision of a Registered Nurse performs program related functions to ensure the program operates consistently as designed.
Participates in and documents special treatment procedures, progressive interventions and de-escalation of patients directly to the Registered Nurse.
Assists same sex staff in change of clothing searches, and room searches with the patient present.
Maintains mandatory hospital and department inservice requirements.
Understands and maintains “Line of Sight” protocol for all patients. Completes precautions check sheets as assigned and knows how to transfer patients to the care of other staff.
Files information in patient record as delegated.
Knows the correct procedure for answering the phone, always maintains confidentiality of patient as well as staff information.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum of GED or high school diploma.  Previous experience in  mental health setting preferred. 
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. 

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