Behavioral Wellness Psychiatric Technician

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week $61,275 - $73,262 Per year CA 401 E Ocean Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436, United States


SALARYPsychiatric Technician I: $61,275.76 - $73,262.09 AnnuallyPsychiatric Technician II: $67,879.40 - $81,318.37 Annually

Bilingual allowance when applicable

 Special Duty Assignment allowance when regularly assigned to a Psychiatric Health Facility.

We are accepting applications to fill one (1) full-time Psychiatric Technician vacancy in the County of Santa Barbara, Department of Behavioral Wellness Children’s Outpatient Services in Santa Maria. Bilingual skills in English/Spanish required for this vacancy.
Location of Vacancies: We are also accepting applications to establish one employment list for current and future Full-Time, Part-Time, and Extra Help (temporary) and *1414 vacancies for Psychiatric Technician in multiple locations which include Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc. Therefore, you must check the Individual Location(s) on the application, work types, and departments where you would be willing to accept an assignment for current and future employment. If you qualify for this position and pass the required selection steps, your name may be sent to the hiring department for the vacancy locations where you have expressed interest in working.

*1414 vacancies may occur as a result of a leave of absence (Civil Service Rule 1414) and the duration of the appointment shall be subject to the return of the individual who is on leave. A person who is appointed to a position under Civil Service Rule 1414 may be able to transition into a regular position in the classification without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance of the appointee and the needs of the department.
Founded in 1962, it is the mission of the Department of Behavioral Wellness to promote the prevention of and recovery from addiction and mental illness among individuals, families and communities, by providing effective leadership and delivering state-of-the-art, culturally competent services.

The Department provides treatment, rehabilitation, and support services to 10,000 clients with mental illness and substance use disorders annually through its professional staff of over 400, in addition to its many contracted Community-Based Organization (CBO) providers.
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THE POSITION: The candidate selected for this position will, under direction, provide nursing care to mentally ill and emotionally disturbed patients; participates in an overall psychiatric treatment program; and performs related duties as required. Candidates may be assigned to in-patient health facilities or out-patient clinics.
The candidate will assist physicians, clients and colleagues in a variety of settings; inpatient at the Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF), outpatient in the core clinics, in the field with Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and triage teams, and in other special settings, these key team members provide services to adults and children. Assist clients to understand doctors’ orders, to be aware of effects associated with medications prescribed, and in obtaining the medications prescribed by transmitting prescriptions to the client’s pharmacy. At times, the Psychiatric Technician will administer injections as ordered by the Physician. Assist in obtaining vital signs for the doctor’s information, support the client in obtaining lab tests as ordered, and many other functions. As team members, they are key players in an effort to maximize client compliance with prescribed medication, and are the main conduit of information between consumers and their physicians between appointments.

The current full-time Psychiatric Technician vacancy is for Children’s Outpatient Services in Santa Maria. This position will work as part of the treatment team at the Santa Maria Children’s Outpatient Clinic, serving children, teens, and Transitional Age Youth by providing individual, family and or group rehab and skill training. Desired experience/training in the following areas: Understanding of the impact of trauma in children, teens, and Transitional Age Youth Family Systems knowledge; Screening , Evaluation and Treatment planning; Providing Individual, Family, and/or Group rehab and skill training; work with children or teens involved with gangs or juvenile probation; work with children in the foster care system and collaboration with Child Welfare Services; work with schools, children in Special Education or with IEP; Crisis Intervention with children; other relevant experience. Bilingual skills in English/Spanish required.
Candidates may be appointed at the I or II level, depending on the candidate’s qualifications and the needs of the department.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Incumbents in these classes work within a system of interdisciplinary departmental teams and/or contract service agencies providing assessment, prevention, intervention, treatment, and related ancillary support services via an integrated service delivery system to people with alcohol and other drug-related problems, mental illness, forensic facilities and/or co-occurring conditions.
The Ideal Candidate will:         
  • Have experience in a psychiatric facility or community mental health program. 
  • Experience working with severely mentally ill clients, providing therapeutic support.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication.
  • Experience in forensic facilities 
  • Work with clients diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.
  • Works well as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Be flexible and have good time management.
  • Have excellent conflict resolution skills. 
  • Experience working with electronic health records.
  • Have the ability to read, write, converse fluently in English (Spanish desirable for some positions but not required).

Examples of Duties

  1. Performs a basic level of psychiatric nursing care by assisting in the coordination of services, including assessment, planning, monitoring, documenting, and evaluating services provided as well as by giving personal care to patients, escorting patients, and providing other patient care. 
  2. Identifies the personal needs of patients; implements nursing care to individual patients by providing professional nursing assistance, such as taking and charting vital signs and administering medications, treatments, and enemas. 
  3. Observes and records patient's condition and behavior and reports significant changes to the appropriate authority; observes a variety of clinical problems and handles the less complex matters within the limits of knowledge and authority. 
  4. Under supervision of the appropriate professional staff, provides crisis intervention and provides a behavioral role model for patients by using effective mental health techniques. 
  5. Acts as a liaison between patient, family, other staff, and other agencies; initiates and holds consultations and family conferences. 
  6. Takes admitting psychiatric histories and assists in ongoing treatment, discharge planning and placement of patients; may make home visits; provides services to board and care facilities housing mentally ill patients and provides appropriate after-care services to patients discharged from a psychiatric hospital. 
  7. Assists in the collection of research data; gives information regarding departmental services to patients, relatives, other agencies, and the public. 
  8. At the Behavioral Wellness Psychiatric Technician II level, may serve as a trainer, consultant, and resource for other staff in methods of patient care, department policies and procedures, and specialized practices such as crisis prevention training.

Employment Standards

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must provide detailed information on their application to demonstrate how they meet the employment standards (minimum qualifications) listed below:

  1. Possession of a valid license as a Psychiatric Technician issued by the State of California; OR
  2. Possession of a valid license as a Vocational Nurse issued by the State of California AND one (1) year of nursing experience in a psychiatric facility or community mental health program; OR
  3. A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge, abilities, and license.
Driver’s License: Independent travel is required for some positions in this class. A valid Driver's License is required at the time of application.  A valid California Class C Driver's License is required at the time of appointment.

Credentialing: Employees in this class must maintain a Credentialed status with the Department based upon its established standards and procedures for Staff Credentialing and Re-Credentialing in accordance with state and federal regulatory requirements.

Knowledge of: the fundamentals of nursing care, crisis intervention techniques, patient behavior, and mental hygiene principles and procedures involved in the assessment, care, counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation of emotionally disturbed and mentally ill patients; current first aid methods; medical and psychiatric terminology; pharmacology, including typical reactions and responses to psychotropic drugs and common medications as well as their possible side effects.
 Ability to: provide basic psychiatric nursing care to emotionally disturbed and mentally ill patients; learn and apply effective mental health techniques for communicating with persons with mental disorders; understand, interpret, and apply relevant laws and regulations; establish effective working relationships with patients, their families, colleagues, community representatives, and other county staff members; recognize and respect limits of authority and responsibility; keep accurate records and follow oral and written directions.