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Deltek Talent Management - Mental Health Tech - (238784)

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Mental Health Tech - (238784)

Facility Name
Newport News Behavioral Health Center
NEWPORT NEWS, VA 23603 US (Primary)
Career Area
Rehabilitation Physical Therapist (RPT)
Job Description

Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation's largest and most respected health care management companies, operating through its subsidiaries acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide. Founded in 1978, UHS subsidiaries now have more than 65,000 employees. The UHS business strategy is to build or purchase health care properties in rapidly growing markets and create a strong franchise based on exceptional service and effective cost control. Our success comes from a responsive management style and a service philosophy based on integrity, competence and compassion Newport News Behavioral Health Center is a residential program, for males and females ages 11-21, consist of a cognitive behavioral treatment model that encourages youth to safely explore thoughts and feelings related to the development of positive and desirable behavior within their homes and communities. Our programs have been designed to provide each individual resident quality mental health treatment in a safe therapeutic environment. It is the mission of Newport News Behavioral Health Center to promote recovery from the effects of abuse, addiction and other behavioral issues through specialized treatment interventions provided by a community of caring professionals.

Newport News Behavioral Health Center has an excellent career opportunity for an experienced Mental HealthTechnician to join our team of dedicated professionals.

Shifts:1st Shift (6:30am-3:00pm); 2nd shift (2:30pm-11:00pm); 3rd Shift (10:30pm-7:00am)

The candidate selected will be responsible for the following:

• Serves as a role model to staff and residents in dress and demeanor. • Exercises appropriate interventions under the direction of the Program Coordinator, Program Manager and/or Nurse. • Reviews the resident’s chart to learn their history and the Initial Treatment Plan. Refers any questions to the Program Coordinator, Program Manager and/or Nurse on duty. • Performs proper Handle with Care techniques, demonstrating knowledge of resident and staff safety. • Maintains a safe, therapeutic environment. Spends working time in resident areas and the school, unless otherwise assigned. Notifies the Nurse of any medical complaints. • Communicates resident and staff issues to the Program Coordinator, Program Manager and Classroom Teacher if in the school setting. • Collaborates and cooperates fully with teachers in the school setting, maintaining a working knowledge of student needs and intervention plans with a high degree of instructional integrity to the maximum academic benefit of resident students. • Allots time with each student based on specifically defined, individualized services and learning goals; provide accommodations as defined by IEPs, IIPs, and 504 Plans. • Participate as a collaborative member of classroom team, supporting school improvement initiatives by implementing co-teaching models, and proactively supporting a high degree of student engagement in academic instruction during the 5.5 hour school day. • Makes environmental rounds throughout shift. Maintains a clean and safe environment by adhering to safety and security regulations, properly using and storing supplies, and reporting potential hazards to the Program Coordinator, Program Manager and/or Director of Support Services. • Processes with assigned residents. Assesses the resident’s readiness to have precautions lifted or levels increased. • Exhibits excellent verbal de-escalation skills. • Facilitates community meetings and facilitates specialty groups utilizing expertise and talent. • Ensures that residents adhere to the program schedules that are developed and implemented. • Assists in the admissions, transfers and discharge of residents. • Support residents in their efforts to “separate” from peers and staff prior to discharge. • Terminates resident/staff relationship upon resident’s discharge. • Escorts residents to scheduled appointments both in and out of the facility setting as needed, following Newport News Behavioral Health Center policies and procedures. • Accepts responsibility for safe conditions at all times when transporting residents following facility transportation policies. • Maintains attendance record that does not compromise delivery of resident care • Attendance record does not show any pattern of absenteeism. Reports to duty on time. • Contributes to the effective implementation of individual treatment plans of residents through "line of sight" supervision, positive interaction and role modeling, appropriate scoring of observed behaviors, and appropriate consequences or limit setting based on behaviors and program definition. • Attends treatment team meetings with other professionals, as requested, to address school safety and be vigilant regarding individual patterns and histories of dangerous behavior. • Maintains safety and security of the facility through close observation and monitoring of the residents. • Promotes development of residents' daily living skills through appropriate assignment, instruction, and supervision of tasks. • Stimulates residents' interest and cooperation in various individual and group activities and programs through positive interaction, instruction, supervision, feedback and encouragement. • Completes accurate and timely documentation on resident's behavior as outlined by policy, reports observations to relevant staff and makes recommendations based on observations. Assists in preparation of other behavioral reports and daily activities log as required. • Develops counseling skill methods and techniques under the supervision of program treatment professionals and uses those skills to conduct periodic individual or group sessions as necessary. Provides one-to-one contact with residents focusing on social development and any problems they might be experiencing and at time of resident distress. • Ensures compliance with all company policies and procedures and regulatory requirements, reporting any known or suspected violations to his/her supervisor or through other means identified in company policy. • Assesses and ensures the needs of the residents are being met in relation to clothing, linens, and personal hygiene supplies. Supervises personal hygiene tasks. • Escorts residents to work, mealtime, outdoor/indoor recreation, and education activities and participates in their supervision and instruction as needed. Transports residents to and from medical appointments or other activities as directed. • Provides appropriate crisis intervention as necessary by anticipating and responding quickly to escalating behaviors, utilizing de-escalation techniques to diffuse the situation, correctly prioritizing safety concerns, following proper restraint technique guidelines, and displaying neutral emotions. • Uses appropriate counseling skills by de-escalating aggression, using active listening skills, using appropriate tone and volume of voice, providing a high frequency and variety of positive reinforcements, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and promoting a positive peer culture. • Consistently meets facility and regulatory training requirements by attending all mandatory meetings and staff training sessions as required. • Assures cleanliness and orderliness of the assigned work area/unit and proactively assists in all security, maintenance, and safety functions as required for the overall facility. • Escorts residents to mealtime, outdoor/indoor recreation, and education activities and participates in their supervision and instruction as needed. Transports residents to and from medical appointments or other activities as directed. • Assist in monitoring of patient vital signs and ADLs in Acute Unit as needed.

Job Requirements

Must possess either a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Social Work or related field in Human Services from an accredited University or College; an Associate Degree in Psychology, Social Work or a related field in Human Services from an accredited University or College with a minimum of three (3) months of experience working with adolescents and children or providing direct care to residents; a High School diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (G.E.D.) with a minimum of six (6) months of experience working with adolescents and children or providing direct care to residents. Previous experience working with adolescents in a residential, acute or inpatient psychiatric setting is a plus. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment.

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