Psychiatric Technician (Safety)

Porterville Developmental Center   Porterville, CA   Full-time     Mental Health
Posted on October 3, 2021
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Job Description and Duties


GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  Provides basic and general behavioral training and general nursing care to residents following established standards, policies and procedures and licensing regulations. This position requires that the incumbent work cooperatively with others, demonstrate good judgment, and maintain consistent, regular and reliable attendance.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:  Follow safe practices, and maintain a safe and therapeutic environment which ensures respect, dignity and protects privacy rights, confidentiality and physical/emotional wellbeing of all individuals.  Must be able to work overtime and various shifts as well as float to other worksites.  These essential functions will be ongoing when performing the following duties:

DESCRIPTION: Provides positive intervention and active treatment and/or restorative care. Assists residents in all activities of daily living, such as bathing, toileting, dressing, grooming, and dining. These duties include, but are not limited to, lifting, positioning and assisting in mobility as well as additional needs as identified by ID Team. Keeps clients and their beds, clothing, and living area clean and well-maintained; Provides nursing and behavior management support: Applies observation and intervention techniques, to protect clients from personal injury. Reports significant changes to appropriate team members. As necessary to safeguard and protect the physical safety of the person or others, apply intensive or intrusive interventions, including utilization of restrictive interventions. Provides 1:1 supervision/direct observation of individuals on special precautions, such as elopement risk, suicide risk, serious medical condition and risk of serious self-injurious behavior (SIB) to the individuals; Performs basic nursing procedures, taking/recording temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respirations, first aid, and responds to emergencies that involve the use of medical/behavioral intervention techniques as authorized within the scope of the CNA Certification; Assist as a member of the ID Team in all aspects of the development and implementation of the Individual Program Plan (IPP). Assist other members of the ID team to establish, maintain, refine, clearly understand and carry out treatment/training programs for all residents. Provides input for assessment on residents’ needs at planning conferences. Follows policies and procedures developed for the operation of the facility; Participates in resident training as required, and assist in facilitating the IPP. Motivates and reinforces clients to develop self-reliance in daily living; encourages participation in group and individual program activities for clients. Escorts residents on facility grounds and in the community; Assists staff in programs identified by the IPP; Performs written and/or computer documentation as required within the scope of the CNA certification; Will complete all required CNA training prior to being assigned to client care, and will complete all required ongoing training to maintain certification; Attends and participates in mandatory and other training as needed, and maintains competencies needed to assist in implementation of clinical programs; other duties as required. NOTE: Percentages may vary based on operational needs


Working Conditions


Typical Working Conditions: Staying at work area for periods of time on a residence and/or training site where a client may be receiving training or services. Mandatory overtime may be required on a periodic basis. May spend time performing custody tasks which include escorting forensic clients in the facility; counting, distributing, and accounting for all utensils to prevent their use as weapons; inspecting facilities to identify security breaches that could lead to the escape of a forensic client; and observing and intervening in forensic client behavior that may injure people, damage property, or signal impending escape attempts. Need to be able to set priorities and make changes as needed. Exposure to communicable diseases and other conditions common to a clinical/nursing environment. Work is performed at a level that requires the individual to be constantly alert of safety and security with clients and the environment.

Typical Physical Demands: Escorting clients to different areas on/off campus- appointments/scheduled trips, standing for periods of time in different areas of the residence or training sites, responds to all behavioral/medical interventions as required, and must be able to lift 50 pounds unassisted. Must possess and maintain sufficient strength, agility, endurance and sensory ability during mentally and emotionally stressful and emergency situations encountered on the job in order to not endanger their own health and well-being or that of their fellow employees, forensic clients, non-forensic clients, or the public and be able to perform the duties contained in this duty statement.

Must have the ability to perform the following sensory and communicative activities:

  • Feeling - must be able to obtain tactile information regarding temperature, skin regularities, pulse, muscle tightness, and course of feeding.
  • Talking - must talk and be able to communicate with and to clients, coworkers, supervisors, visitors, and various consultants.
  • Hearing - must hear to receive instructions from supervisor as well as to hear clients, coworkers, visitors, and various consultants.
  • Seeing - must see for the majority of job duties. On-site inspection is required to evaluate safe work conditions and the clients' living environment, and status of clients, ongoing. Must review written documentation regarding the client's mental and health statuses, etc.

Level of care employees will be required to perform the following Essential Functions:

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds without assistance.
  • Must be able to participate in client containment, intervention or restraint.
  • Must have the ability to work extended hours and various shifts.
  • Must float to all work areas within the facility if called upon to do so.