State of Washington Classified Job Specification
MENTAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN 1
Within a psychiatric treatment facility, provides personal care services and general therapeutic procedures for mentally ill patients.
Implements and documents treatment strategies as outlined in the patient treatment plan; observes, records and reports patient symptoms and reactions;
Participates in providing a therapeutic environment through recognition of patient behavior and guidance toward more rational behavior;
Provides for patient safety and comfort through attention to general health and assistance and guidance in cleanliness, grooming, rest, activity and nourishment;
Maintains an attractive and comfortable work environment;
Encourages, supervises, and participates with patients in group or individual recreational, social and relates activities;
Assists in the maintenance of, the inventory of, and the security of patient belongings;
Management of ward supplies;
Promotes better understanding of hospital policies in contacts with patients' relatives;
Escorts patients to appointments and activities; Participates in in‑service education program; Performs other related work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Ability to: learn skills necessary in caring for psychiatric patients; apply principles of personal hygiene; recognize patient personal rights and treat individuals with respect, kindness and consideration; follow written and oral instructions; secure and maintain patient confidence.
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.
Class Specification History
New class Effective May 28, 1986
Revised November 14, 1986: Code change (formerly 3881)
Revised minimum qualifications: 4-20-00
New class code: (formerly 56650) effective July 1, 2007
Salary adjustment and revisions to the definition: adopted June 30, 2017 effective July 1, 2017.