Behavioral Health Technician (BHT) 16 hrs/week

Requisition Number: 2023-4510

Type of Position: Full-Time

Location: Fort Kent, ME

Overview

Signet Health is currently hiring for Behavioral Health Technicians (BHT)/Mental Health Techs(MHT) or Certified Nursing Assistants with psychiatric experience for our program in North Kent, Maine. This position reports to the BH Nurse Manager.  

This is a hospital position with all benefits and compensation provided by the hospital. this particular position is part-time - 16hrs/wk., afternoon shift. 

Signet Health is not an agency. We are a large behavioral health management company that partners with hospitals across the US setting up behavioral health, addiction, and/or Senior Outpatient programs. 

This position contributes to the achievement of quality care and optimal patient outcomes by maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment and by providing structure and emotional support to patients.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Essential Functions:
  • Assist the RN in maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment per NMMC policy.
  • Consistently obtain shift reports and assignments from RN at the beginning of each assigned shift.
  • Maintain prescribed levels of patient observation, including 15 min. checks, visual observation and 1:1 patient monitoring as needed.
  • Conduct safety checks and secures sharps in accordance with NMMC policy.
  • Conduct patient and environmental searches in accordance with NMMC policy.
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of unit guidelines.
  • Provide therapeutic supervision of patients.
  • Demonstrate the principle of therapeutic relationships when interacting with patients/families.
  • Monitor and report mental and behavioral status changes.
  • Employ techniques of behavioral management and utilize the least restrictive intervention in the patient care setting.
  • Assist the RN in implementing the treatment plan to ensure optimal patient outcomes per NMMC policy.
  • Consistently and accurately report patients’ status, behavior, and progress towards treatment goals.
  • Consistently implement interventions identified in assigned patients’ treatment plans.
  • Reinforce patient teaching as directed by the treatment team.
  • Facilitate therapeutic group activities.
  • Maintain hospital safety through the appropriate response to psychiatric emergencies per NMMC hospital policy.
  • Consistently follow all NMMC policies and procedures regarding restraint and seclusion.
  • Responsible for patient and employee safety as it applies to their work environment.

Signet Health is not an agency but is a behavioral health management company who partners with hospitals setting up behavioral health and/or addiction units, and outpatient programs according to the hospital's needs. 

This is a hospital position that offers a a generous compensation package and benefits. 

Requirements/Qualifications

Educational, Skills, Experience Requirements:

  • High school diploma is required. Though preferred, no previous training or experience is    
  • BLS certification within 90 days of hire.
  • MOAB certification within 6 months of hire.

Work Habits:

  • Demonstrates the ability to work independently and is accountable for own actions.
  • Shows initiative and follow-through.
  • Respond appropriately to workload changes during the shift.
  • Display excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with coworkers, physicians, patients and their families.
  • Demonstrates productivity at work (makes good use of down time).
  • Performs duties willingly and enthusiastically.
  • Returns from breaks, meals, meetings and in-services in a timely manner.
  • Uses appropriate and available resources, following established policies, to promote patient safety.
  • Promptly reports patient safety occurrences in accordance with established hospital policies.
  • Takes appropriate actions when safety issues are identified (reports hazardous situations to appropriate person, removes malfunctioning equipment, etc.).
  • Demonstrates the ability to be flexible, organized, compassionate and functional under stressful situations.
  • Adheres to the NMMC Code of Conduct at all times.

EOE