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The Behavioral Health Aide is responsible for providing care to mental health patients. This position is governed by state and federal laws agency/institution policy.

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Typical Functions:

Assists in the behavioral modification of emotionally disturbed and mentally ill patients and plans daily activities to meet individual prescribed treatment plan objectives. Receives briefings on patient behavior or incidents from previous shift personnel, participates in treatment planning meetings, documents observation of patient behavior in various circumstances, such as family visits, therapy, or group activities and recommends modification of treatment plan to supervisor, physician, or case manager. Directs patients in activities of daily living personal care skills, escorts patients to recreational activities, and instructs or assists in cleaning patients’ living quarters. Maintains and records patient behavioral observations and charts patients’ progress toward individualized training goals. Provide patients and families with support and instructions in areas of independent living and adaptation to disability or illness. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of behavior modification and group dynamics. Ability to plan, demonstrate and oversee patient activities and patient care. Ability to observe and document patient behavior. Ability to recommend modification of treatment plans.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus one year of experience providing services to the mentally ill. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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