State of Washington Classified Job Specification
MENTAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN 2
Class Series Concept
See Mental Health Technician 1.
Positions perform professional level patient care of mentally ill patients in a state hospital or community residential treatment facility.
Constantly monitors patient behavior and movements and encourages compliance with treatment plan;
Monitors patients who are on danger-to-self, danger-to-others, or other protocols as assigned by nursing or medical staff;
Responds to emergent conditions on other wards/living units (codes);
Keeps the patient living environment clean and orderly;
Monitors patient meal times and assist food service staff as needed;
Escorts patients as needed to outside appointments;
Participates in training drills (fire, CPR, etc.);
Performs other related work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Ability to: interact therapeutically with patients and professionally and respectfully with co-workers at all times, work collaboratively with other team members; respectfully provide direction to other staff; take direction from Registered Nurses; exhibit resilience and be willing to interact with verbally and physically aggressive patients; observe multiple patients and teammates the entire work shift to ensure the work environment remains safe; work closely with members of the ward/living unit team to effectively move patients towards their treatment goals; listen to patients and develop creative ways to help them move towards their treatment goals; be flexible in moving quickly from one task to another; have compassion and concern for patients and treat patients and staff with respect, kindness and consideration.
Positions in this job classification require a current, unincumbered Washington State Nurse Assistant Registration, Nursing Assistant Certified certification, or a current unincumbered Washington Sate Certified Medical Assistant certification.
Two years' experience in a psychiatric or mental health setting or completion of a Mental Health Technician 1 in-training plan.
Class Specification History
Class code change (formerly 3882): 11-14-86.
Revised definition: 11-13-87.
Title change (formerly Mental Health Technician 2A): 5-15-92.
Revise minimum qualifications 4-20-00.
New class code (formerly 56670) effective July 1, 2007.
(11/26/2008) Revised definition (formerly referenced as Mental Health Technician 3A);
adopted 11/13/2008, effective 11/14/2008.
Salary adjustment and revisions to the definition: adopted June 30, 2017, effective July 1, 2017.
Revised class specification; added class series concept and distinguishing characteristic; revised definition, added distinguishing characteristics, revised typical work, knowledge and abilities and desired qualifications; salary range adjustment. Adopted June 22, 2023, effective July 1, 2023.