Mental Health Associate-Per Diem
Rivendell Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas - Benton, AR

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Supervision of patients while on and off the unit,
to include school, groups, activities, etc. Able to use a calm but
assertive voice. Never belittles the patients or make fun of them in
any manner.
Monitors for patient safety and reports pertinent
information to Registered Nurse, Milieu Coordinator or charge nurse.

Manages the milieu by knowing and following the program,
keeping the patients on schedule, running the milieu groups, and
maintaining the integrity of the program.
Demonstrates
knowledge and competency in age-specific criteria of the unit to

which assignment is made:
Assists with activities of daily
living as indicated for the specific unit including safety issues
related to immobility, safety, restraints, and decreased sensorium.
Is able to assess the patient's level of orientation and identify
cues for assessment based on functioning level. Understands the
specific unit programming and functioning level interventions to meet
the needs of the more chronic patient.
Acute Care Unit (short
term stays for ages 5 through 17)
Understands the difference
between age appropriate behaviors versus pathological behaviors in
the patient population. Understands the uniqueness of the program
tract and the focus on development status.
Progressive Care
Unit – Child and Adolescent (long term care for ages 10 through
17)
Assists with activities of daily living as developmentally
indicated for the specific unit including safety issues related to
immobility, safety, emergency interventions, and decreased sensorium.
Is able to assess the patient's level of orientation and identify
cues for assessment based on developmental theory. Understands the
specific unit programming and developmentally sound interventions to
meet the needs of the more chronic patient.
Maintains a safe
therapeutic milieu by constant monitoring of patients and unit for
dangerous situations and contraband.
Monitors patients on SL1,
SL2, SL3, AL1, AL2, precautions in accordance with hospital policies.

Leads milieu groups, helps patients set daily goals, completes
goal sheet scoring on an hourly basics. Aware of number of patients
he/she should have under their care at all times, and where those
patients are.
Helps patients identify their strengths and
offers positive reinforcement as they practice using them. Able to
set and enforce limits without being overbearing or threatening.
Monitors visitation, AA groups and answers patient and family
questions about patient care.
Under supervision of a Registered
Nurse or milieu coordinator, performs program related functions to
ensure the program operates consistently as designed.
Participates in and documents special treatment procedures,
progressive interventions and de-escalation of patients directly to
the Registered Nurse.
Assists same sex staff in change of
clothing searches, and room searches with the patient present.
Maintains mandatory hospital and department inservice requirements.

Understands and maintains “Line of Sight” protocol
for all patients. Completes precautions check sheets as assigned and
knows how to transfer patients to the care of other staff.
Delivers personal items (sharps) to patient rooms as requested.
Assists in special treatment procedures.
Checks washer/dryers
each shift and completes any washing that needs to be finished. Folds
and puts away uniforms and puts clean patient clothing just inside
patient room.
Files information in patient record as delegated.

Knows the correct procedure for answering the phone, always
maintains confidentiality of patient as well as staff information.

Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to
perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed
below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability
required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals
with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum of GED or high school diploma. Miminum of two years
in mental health setting. Must be able to pass a skills
test.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety
rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak
effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a
variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited
standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of
instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in
all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and
decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and
interpret bar graphs.