Psychiatric Technician - Part-Time

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Part Time Public Health
  • Salary: $57,917.58 - $70,419.43 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

The Department of Health Services seeks a motivated Psychiatric Technician for a part-time position with Behavioral Health!

Starting salary up to $33.74/hour plus a cash allowance of $3.45/hour,
and a competitive total compensation package!*

  • Facility Assignment Premium - 5% premium for hours worked in the CSU
  • Shift Differential Premium - A premium may be available for qualifying hours worked on an evening shift or night shift
NOTE: The part-time position may also be filled by a Licensed Vocational Nurse I or II, for which there are separate, concurrent recruitments.

What Sonoma County Employment Offers

We offer expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to a competitive, total compensation package* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $600 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid premium contribution to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
About the Position

The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services (DHS) is seeking licensed professionals to work in the Behavioral Health Division's Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU). Psychiatric Technicians (LPTs) assigned to the CSU are responsible for administering scheduled and emergency medications under the direction of a psychiatrist, and monitoring patients for side effects and responses, including vital signs and behaviors. LPTs also document patient behavioral health medical records and provide compassionate, recovery-oriented client care, including assistance with activities of daily living, such as making beds and preparing meals. Additionally, they participate in various committees and meetings as directed by the unit manager, and order and maintain the inventory of psychiatric medications. Candidates will have access to sensitive medical information and adhere to state and federal requirements such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other regulations.

What You Bring to the County

The ideal candidates for these positions will:
  • Be a licensed psychiatric technician with specific experience in a custody or acute mental health treatment setting with adult and/or juvenile clients
  • Possess 1-2 years of experience in a behavioral health setting, providing medication support services under the direction of a psychiatrist, preparing and dispensing medications, monitoring and assessing for medications effects and side effects, and maintaining medication inventory
  • Have the ability to work within protocols focused on safety, security, and confidentiality, while functioning within the prescribed scope of practice of a licensed psychiatric technician
  • Possess the ability to work non-traditional hours such as evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Have experience working with a multidisciplinary team in an institutional setting

About the Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU)

The CSU's dedicated team of licensed mental health clinicians, psychiatric nurses, and psychiatrists provide crisis intervention, medication assessment, stabilization, and information and referral services 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for adults, children, and families experiencing a mental health crisis. The CSU provides up to 23-hours of supportive care, including medications for individuals in an acute mental health crisis. For those needing a higher level of care, voluntary crisis residential services or inpatient hospitalization are arranged. Program assignments may include other Behavioral Health programs.

* Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) .

This employment list may also be used to fill future part-time and extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include some experience working with clients who have behavioral health challenges.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Professional License: Possession of a current California license as a Psychiatric Technician. Psychiatric Technician license must be maintained as a condition of employment in this classification. Possession of current CPR and First Aid certifications is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of: psychiatric nursing theory and practice, rules, regulations and procedures; mandated client rights, confidentiality requirements for medical information; standard practices used in caring for behavioral health clients; the use, administration, and effects of narcotics and medicines; California laws governing treatment of involuntary clients; the effects and possible side effects of the major psychoactive drugs; the methods and techniques of de-escalation, seclusion, and restraint; the principles and techniques of individual and group counseling; principles of Trauma-Informed and Recovery-Oriented care.

Ability to: provide routine, psychiatric nursing care to behavioral health clients; observe and record clients' physical status and mental behavior; detect suicidal behavior; exercise patience, initiative, and judgment in recognizing symptoms indicative of adverse reactions; follow oral and written directions of a technical and professional nature in exact detail; maintain and interpret nursing records and reports; write progress notes to Medi-Cal standards; perform effectively in emergency situations; administer treatment plans and medications under direction; develop and maintain the trust and engagement with behavioral health clients; interact with clients and their families with empathy and compassion; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other departmental staff and representatives of other agencies; prepare, interpret and maintain accurate nursing records and reports; occasionally restrain clients; stand and walk for long periods; work under psychological and physical strain; and lift or move heavy objects on a regular basis; maintain client rights and the confidentiality of information; and abide by established communications codes.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

Responses to supplemental questions may be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination(weight 100%) may be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.
Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As the largest employer in Sonoma County, the Board of Supervisors has adopted a vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19. All County employees will be required to either have documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on file or consent to weekly COVID-19 testing.


Applications are accepted on-line at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

HR Analyst: DPHR Technician: KC

Closing Date:Continuous

Job Address

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