Safety Technician (Contingent) in New Baltimore, MI at Acadia Healthcare

Date Posted: 9/14/2018

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Job Description

POSITION PURPOSE: The function of Behavioral Health Associate/Safety Tech is to assist the Nursing and Clinical Team in providing care for patients and assist in maintaining a therapeutic environment. The position is part of the First Responder Team.



  1. Follows instructions given by all personnel and outlined in policies and procedures.
  2. Identifies medical problems and reports to the supervising Nurse (i.e. Charge Nurse, Staff Nurse or LPN).
  3. Is safety focused and communicates regularly and as needed with Nursing Staff.
  4. Provides care to patients in a manner that considers safety, patients’ rights, comfort and the therapeutic environment.
  5. Performs patient checks every 15 minutes, as ordered by the physician, and more often if required.
  6. Assists with admission, discharge and transfer of patients in a timely manner and completes necessary documentation.
  7. Sets limits in a therapeutic and consistent manner on a patient’s behavior with the assistance of the supervising Nurse (i.e. Charge Nurse, Staff Nurse or LPN) within program and age-specific guidelines.
  8. Identifies verbal and non-verbal cues for potential patient escalation and utilizes de-escalation techniques.
  9. Works cooperatively with interdisciplinary team members to assist in the development of treatment plans.
  10. Provides individual and group intervention to meet patient needs as directed by a licensed health professional.
  11. Leads or co-leads supportive groups, as determined by the supervising Nurse (i.e. Charge Nurse, Staff Nurse or LPN).
  12. Supports patients in developing social, daily living and problem solving skills through individual, group or milieu contact.
  13. Maintains a safe and clean milieu by cleaning rooms for new patients and general housekeeping duties.
  14. Fosters a milieu that is conducive to communication and cooperation among patients, families, visitors and staff.
  15. Identifies own role limitations and uses appropriate clinical resources.
  16. Documents timely, accurate and appropriate clinical information in patient's medical record.
  17. Assists in providing a safe, secure and comfortable environment for patients, significant others and staff.
  18. First responder to all codes.
  19. Circulate amongst visitors, patrons and employees to preserve order and protect property.
  20. Establish and maintain interpersonal relationships – develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others and maintaining them over time.
  21. Perform general physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body part, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping and handling of materials.
  22. Assist and care for others by providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers or patients.
  23. Follows established policies, procedures and standards for patient care.
  24. Demonstrates competencies in providing care to adolescent and adult patients in inpatient in mental health care settings.
  25. Visually observe and document patient's verbal and behavioral responses.
  26. Communicate clearly and effectively to nurses, patients, families, guests and other members of the health care team.
  27. Maintains patient information in confidential manner.
  28. Attends hospital orientation, staff meetings and keeps all yearly mandatories up-to-date as required by HOH.
  29. Perform other duties as requested by the supervising Nurse (i.e. Charge Nurse, Staff Nurse or LPN) in a willing manner.


  1. Associate’s Degree or Bachelor Degree Required
  2. Previous (1) year of experience a psychiatric setting (preferred)
  3. CPI training required
  4. Ability to work independently and without constant direction
  5. Ability to work within a team environment
  6. Be able to maintain a professional appearance and attitude when dealing with clients and coworkers