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Abolished Date: 2015-08-14

Class Series Concept

Mental Health Specialists provide prescribed treatment to in-patients on mental health units.


Provide prescribed in-patient mental health treatment, data collection and treatment planning as part of an inter-disciplinary treatment team.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under direct supervision of the Registered Nurse in charge; provide prescribed mental health treatment in an in-patient setting.

Typical Work

Acts as co-therapist with members of the inter-disciplinary team to develop treatment and discharge plans;

Provides individual counseling regarding reality testing and the problem-solving of current life situation;

Participates in group therapy and family conferences;

Assists with obtaining psycho-social history from patients, family, referral sources and community agencies;

Observes, assesses and assists with physical restraint and seclusion procedures; maintains patient safety and provides physical care to patients;

Documents patients physical, mental and behavioral status;

Monitors and reports patient response to psychotropic medications;

Consults with mental health agencies as required regarding treatment;

Performs related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Associate of Arts Degree;


Two years of experience in a mental health setting. Experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis. 

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Class Specification History

New Class: 10-12-73
Revise Title & Class: 1-21-83
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revised class code: (formerly 6183) effective July 1, 2007

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