Psychiatric Technician (Extra Help-On Call ONLY)

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Jun 28, 2019
Part Time Public Health
  • Salary: $44,865.60 - $54,537.60 Annually

Job Description

About the Department and the Position

This recruitment is being conducted to fillvacancies for Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and establish an eligible list to fill future full-time and part-time vacancies throughout Stanislaus County. While this is a continuous recruitment, we encourage you to apply immediately, as this recruitment may close at any time.

Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online application format or browser. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer. If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOV at 1-855-524-5627.

ABOUT THE COUNTY

Stanislaus County is located in Central California within 90 minutes of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Silicon Valley, Sacramento, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and California's Central Coast. With an estimated 538,388 people calling this area home, the community reflects a region rich in diversity with a strong sense of community. Two of California's major north-south transportation routes (Interstate 5 and Highway 99) intersect the area and the County has quickly become one of the dominant logistics center locations on the west coast.

The County is home to a vibrant arts community with the world-class Gallo Center for the Arts, a symphony orchestra, and abundant visual and performing arts. Stanislaus County is a global center for agribusiness, positioned by its mild Mediterranean climate, rich soils and progressive farming practices.

The area is recognized internationally for agricultural innovation with wine, almonds, poultry, milk, cattle, and walnuts being some of the features industries. The County is also home to Stanislaus State University, Modesto Junior College and benefits from satellite locations of other high quality educational institutions. The County was established in 1854 and has a total land area of 1,515 square miles. Temperatures range from an average low of 38 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, to an average high of 85 degrees in the summer.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Stanislaus County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services (BHRS) Department, under the administrative direction of the Chief Executive Officer and subject to the policy of the Board of Supervisors, is responsible for providing or arranging for the provision of an array of specialized behavioral health services for residents in and around Stanislaus County.

As part of the Mental Health Services Act, the Stanislaus County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Department has a State approved Workforce Education and Training Plan (WE&T Plan). This WE&T Plan also references the Welfare and Institutions Code Section 5820 - 5822 and provides that administrative structures are in place to support long-term workforce development that actively outreaches to support career pathways and also ensure barriers are reduced or eliminated for consumers, and family members who wish to enter the publicly-funded behavioral health workforce. Candidates with lived experience as a consumer or a family member of a consumer of behavioral health services are highly encouraged to apply.

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Licensed Psychiatric Technician provides psychiatric nursing, treatment and other care to mentally ill and emotionally disturbed patients, under general supervision. The incumbent is responsible for direct dispensing of medications to program participants, recognizing signs and symptoms of disease entities, and perform related duties as assigned,in a manner to ensure a safe, healthy environment that encourages socialization and empowerment. This assignment will include working weekends and early morning hours, and subject to shift work, holiday, standby, and callback assignments. The assignment may include HEP C and HIV education. Other nursing duties may include: Purified Protein Derivative (PPD - TB testing), medication education, and group facilitation.

The following may apply if incumbents are also interested in performing Substance Use Disorder (SUD) duties: California Department of Health Care Services requires that all non-licensed and non-certified individuals providing counseling in an SUD program licensed and/or certified by a State approved SUD organization shall be registered to obtain certification as an SUD counselor with one of the organization currently approved by the State.

Typical Tasks
  • Methadone dispensing;
  • Assist in communication of program participant care needs;
  • Chart documentation as appropriate;
  • Concise and legible documentation of all program participant care and observations of medication treatments;
  • Initiate de-escalation techniques and/or emergency measures;
  • Take notes and physicians orders;
  • Administer medication, monitor participant response, and provide medication education;
  • Order supplies, stock areas and monitor medication inventories;
  • Check medication supplies for expiration and return/replace outdated supplies;
  • Participate in Quality Assurance;
  • Complete incident reports and insure physicians and management are fully informed of any incident occurring on the shift;
  • Observe and monitor patient reaction to medication and promptly report symptoms of adverse reaction to program nurse practitioner and physician;
  • File medical documents;
  • Process drug screens;
  • Collaborate with Public Health, Primary Care, and other treatment providers;
  • Administer PPD; and
  • Other tasks, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Ability, Knowledge, Education/Experience)
SKILLS/ABILITIES
  • Respond to a variety of situations independently: including crisis situations, making accurate assessments and taking effective action without immediate supervision;
  • Provide supervisory assistance and direction to staff on an assigned shift;
  • Maintain confidentiality and sensitivity to the needs of patients and family members;
  • Maintain complete and accurate records of patient interaction and related documentation;
  • Establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with patients;
  • Provide skilled nursing care and perform patient assessment;
  • Perform the essential functions of the position in an accurate and timely fashion;
  • Make good judgments and decisions and evaluate the results of those decisions and judgments; and
  • Act quickly and safely with patients exhibiting agitated or violent behavior.
KNOWLEDGE
  • Needs, problems, attitudes and behavior patterns of mentally disordered patients;
  • Behavioral Health programs and community resources;
  • Counseling and psychological principles and how they can be applied to individuals experiencing mental disorders;
  • Routine and skilled nursing care methods and techniques;
  • Psychopharmacology, commonly used medicine, their therapeutic effects and possible adverse reactions;
  • Current first aid methods, medical terminology, and CPR; and
  • Proper safety procedures and health practices.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE
  • Psychiatric Technician License; AND
  • BLS CPR for Healthcare Providers.
LICENSE
  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents.

Application and Selection Procedures
CLASSIFICATION INFORMATION

Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the Community and Health Services bargaining unit for labor relations purposes.

Individuals who are in a full-time classification position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months for a total of eighteen months. The probationary period does not apply to unclassifiedpositions.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The County of Stanislaus is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to submit online application (s) for open position(s).

Stanislaus County is committed to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the general public, coworkers, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy-related condition, marital status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), political affiliation or belief, or military or veteran status.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES/FINAL FILING DATE

Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.

RECRUITMENT ACCOMMODATIONS

Arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities and religious convictions. Applicants requiring testing accommodations are required to complete and submit the Testing Accommodation Request Form prior to the test administration date. Special arrangements for religious convictions should be included in the "Additional Information" section of the application form.

http://www.stancounty.com/personnel/pdf/ADATestingForm.pdf

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS
  • Pass County-paid pre-employment drug screening *if applicable and job related background investigation.
  • Perform job duties in a manner assuring a safe working environment for oneself and others.
  • Maintain confidential information according to the legal standards and/or County regulations as required.

APPLICATION AND/OR EXAMINATION APPEAL RIGHTS

Application and/or examination results may be appealed by applicants presenting facts alleging irregularity, fraud and/or error in application screening or in exam scoring. Appeals must
be in writing and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer within seven (7) days after the examination results are mailed.

PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM

Find out if you qualify for the AES Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for full-time public sector employees (PSLF) by contacting (866) 706-5005.

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service

WELLNESS PROGRAM

Learn more about Club Wellness, a program designed to facilitate and encourage the good health of the Stanislaus County's workforce.

http://myclubwellness.org
DISCLAIMER

Stanislaus County reserves the right to revise the examination plan described in this bulletin to better meet the needs of County service. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The information contained in the bulletin is information, which sets forth a general summary of benefits for this respective position. This information is not legally binding. The benefits and other information regarding this position may be found in the Stanislaus County Code, the Stanislaus County Personnel Policies manual, or in the applicable Memorandum of Understanding, and such information prevails over information contained in this bulletin. Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office/Human Resources.

The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at http://www.stancounty.com/riskmgmt/ under "Disability Management."




Closing Date/Time: Continuous