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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN

JOB DESCRIPTION

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 REPORTS TO:  Clinical Director

 FLSA DESIGNATION:  Full-time, Non-exempt

 JOB SUMMARY:

 Under the general direction of the agency’s Clinical Director, the BHT is responsible for providing direct patient care under the supervision of the Clinical Director. The BHT also maintains a safe and efficient working and treatment environment per company policies, procedures, and best practices; communicates effectively with the treatment team to ensure safe, quality care is provided to all patients.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  1. Complete initial intake, biopsychosocial assessment, screening tools, consents, and subsequent documents under admission guidelines.

  2. Provides direct support services, including engaging patients in Group lectures, topics related to 12-step recovery, health and wellness promotion, and crisis management.

  3. Psychoeducational groups/lectures with patients to evaluate the nature of their presenting problems in order to determine their needs and develop appropriate treatment plan goals.

  4. Documents patient’s participation and progress in progress notes.

  5. Prepares progress notes, event notifications, and other documentation regarding patients in accordance with regulatory requirements and company policies and procedures.

  6. Facilitates coordination of care to include case review, therapeutic interventions, and patient progress in treatment.

  7. Completes other tasks as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION STATEMENT

 The previous duties are illustrative and not exhaustive.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar or a logical assignment to the position.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  1. An associate's degree (18 credit hours specific to BH) and two years full-time in the BH field, or

  2. A high school diploma and four years full-time in the field, or

  3. A high school equivalency diploma and four years full-time in the field, or

  4. A College Degree and one year full-time in the field, or

  5. A Master’s degree and one year full-time in the field.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND ATTITUDES REQUIRED

  1. Knowledge of software programs for personal computer use, especially word processing, email, and spreadsheets.

  2. Knowledge and experience in the 12-step programs and with substance abuse patients.

  3. Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to carry out assigned projects to their completion.

  4. Strong interpersonal skills, including communicating effectively verbally and in writing, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships, gaining cooperation, and resolving conflicts.

  5. Ability to plan and organize case workload and manage deadlines of him/herself.

  6. Ability to maintain and demonstrate ethical professional standards and demeanor, including the confidentiality of employee and patient data, patient boundaries, and other sensitive information.

  7. Demonstrated competence with and continued commitment to respect for cultural differences and diversity, protecting patient rights.

  8. Recognition of the limits of one’s own professional expertise and the willingness to seek supervision and/or support as needed.

  9. Makes clinical and organizational decisions with the patients’ and agency's well-being and best interests.

  10. Provide treatment that promotes patient dignity, independence, individuality, strength, privacy, and choice, recognizing the unique needs of the patient population served by the agency.

  11. Provide the behavioral health services the agency is authorized to provide, and the staff member is qualified to provide.

  12. Recognize obvious mental disorders, personality disorders, or substance abuse symptoms.

  13. Identify types of medications commonly prescribed for mental disorders, personality disorders, and substance abuse and the common side effects and adverse reactions to medications.

  14. Recognize, prevent and respond to a situation in which the patient may be a danger to himself or others, behaves aggressively or destructively, or is experiencing a crisis situation or medical emergency.

  15. Recognize and respond to fire, disaster, hazard, and medical emergencies: and

  16. Has completed all of the requirements above and is documented in application in training, including the ability to pass background checks required by Steps to Recovery Homes, LLC

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must be able to walk, bend, stand, climb stairs, speak English, hear, use a telephone, drive an automobile, and operate standard office equipment, such as a computer, copier, and fax machine.  Must be able to lift and carry up to 25 pounds.

Steps to Recovery Homes is an at-will employer.  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by the immediate manager or other management as required.  Steps to Recovery Homes reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

 By my signature below, I acknowledge that I have read and understood the requirements entailed in this job description.  I also agree to comply with these expectations:

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