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MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATIONOF WASHINGTON COUNTY
MENTAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN-PARTIAL
III Required/Recommended Skills
Education and Background Requirements
BA degree in Social Work or related field or L.P.N. Act 33/34 Clearances.Valid PA driver’s license. State Police Motorist’s Clearance Bondable
The Residential Program Worker known as “the Mental Health Technician” in the project is the worker who provides direct service to the residents of the L.T.S.R. The Mental Health Technician assists clients in reaching treatment goals and objectives by teaching residents the proper techniques for tasks of daily living as assigned by the Therapeutic Activities Counselor. The worker:, 1. Transports and accompanies residents to off site programs and activities, 2. Charts resident’s daily progress, 3. Records all incidents of an emergency nature (accidents, abuse or inappropriate behavior) and reports then immediately to the Residential Program Director, 4. Makes medications available for patient self-medication as prescribed by the physician, 5.Assists residents with their personal hygiene regimen, 6.Is responsible for the general safety of the resident, 7. Safeguards resident’s rights and maintains confidentiality and 8. Ensures that the physical surroundings of the L.T.S.R. and it’s vehicles are free from hazard at all times and reports irregularities immediately to the residential program director. The worker receives assignments and is supervised by the therapeutic activities counselor.
The main purpose of the L.T.S.R. is to provide the residents those individualized services required to maintain them safely and productively in the community. The overriding goal is to assist the resident in acquiring those skills that would enable them to eventually live independently. The following array of services will be provided on site; personal hygiene, tasks of daily living, medication management, financial management, health services, social and leisure activities, laundry and food services, 24 hour living quarters with supervision, emergency nursing services and transportation. In addition, the L.T.S.R. will access as many mental health services that are relevant towards the client’s progress, i.e. social rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation, partial, etc. The plan of services shall be based on a diagnostic evaluation that includes an examination of the holistic need of the resident. The length of stay will be determined by the client’s progress to achieve his/her goals.
M.H.A. operates the Long Term Structured Residence (L.T.S.R.) for 16 chronically mentally ill patients in Bentleyville. According to L.T.S.R. regulations proposed by the State to be eligible for admission to an L.T.S.R. a client shall: 1. Be 18 years of age; 2. Be approved by the county office of Mental Health; 3. Be in treatment under section (s) 201, 304(b), 305 or 306of the Act, 4. Not require hospital or general nursing home care as certified on admission; 5. Require therapeutic programming; 6. Be so severely impaired that a less restrictive level of care would not sufficiently protect the client or others from harm as documented in the client’s records; 7. Not pose a danger to others at the time of referral and admission and 8. Not be appropriate for placement in a forensic psychiatric unit. Referrals are made by the County B.S.U. Liaisons for consideration by the admissions committee.