The service is targeted to individuals being diverted from a State Hospital. This position involves one-to-one support for mental health clients by assisting them toward maximizing opportunities to become more self sufficient over time in meal preparation, laundry and cleaning, transportation, psychosocial skills, and other personal care needs. The Mental Health Technician will receive training that includes, but is not limited to, an orientation to mental illness, medications, general treatment approaches, attendant care activities, dealing with emergency needs, basic counseling skills, CPR, First Aid, De-escalation, Suicide Assessment, Working with Addicts and Professional Standards and Ethics.
High school diploma or GED required. The Mental Health Technician must be reliable, responsible, able to work a flexible and varied schedule and have the ability to interact effectively with others, and to respond appropriately to emergency situations. All new employees must be able to provide, at Human Resources orientation, proof of valid driver’s license and auto liability insurance. In addition, the individual must be 18 years of age or older; be able to pass pre-employment background checks and KDADS Adult/Child Abuse registries, completed Attendant Care training with Valeo Behavioral Health Care, and must have reliable transportation. 1 year of experience working with individuals with mental illness required. This position requires knowledge of basic computer skills.