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Behavioral Attendant

Date Posted:  Nov 20, 2021
Requisition ID:  267009

Evansville, IN, US, 47714

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At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About Evansville State Hospital:

Evansville State Hospital is one of the Indiana State Psychiatric Hospitals who are committed to the mission of Hope and Recovery. Residing on 88 acres on the east side of Evansville, Ind., our facility provides medical treatment for chronic mental illness and substance abuse disorders from our dedicated team of psychiatrists and advanced practice professionals. Active Treatment helps our patients achieve their goals directed towards living in the most non-restrictive environment possible. Our team of professionals assist our patients in the treatment process involving medical staff, nursing, psychology, social work, rehabilitation therapy and our community integration program. Evansville State Hospital continues to maintain accreditation through The Joint Commission as an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital as well as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services certification as a Psychiatric Medicare/Medicaid Hospital.


Salary Information:

This position traditionally starts at an hourly wage of $14.54

About The Job:

As a Behavioral Health Recovery Attendant, you are responsible for performing or ensuring the performance of a variety of relatively standardized tasks associated with the daily care, program treatment and welfare of the intellectually and/or developmentally disabled residents.

A Day In The Life:

The essential functions of this roles are as follows:

  • Establishes and maintains good interpersonal relationships with residents, families and other disciplines and departments;
  • Establishes rapport with residents to aid in the treatment program and recovery model;
  • Acts as a therapeutic role model;
  • Assists with other teaching of residents and significant others as needed;
  • On occasion, work may require emergency decisions and actions such as physically controlling residents according to recognized therapeutic control procedures;
  • Acts in emergency situations to verbally and physically aid residents and to modify adverse resident behavior;
  • Acts in emergency situations involving modification or control of aggressive behavior of residents;
  • Knows and is able to apply first-aid techniques and to carry out life saving measures;
  • Knows techniques such as problem-oriented charting, acceptable control techniques and behavior modification procedures and is able to apply these skills as required;
  • Performs duties for the physical care of residents, including bathing, feeding and dressing as well as provide training;
  • Escorts residents as directed;
  • Checks and records residents' vital signs;
  • Observes, records and reports the condition and behavior of residents;
  • Operates medical equipment such as sphygmomanometer, thermometer, oximeter, glucometer, alcosensor and urine drug screens;
  • Assists in creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment by performing a variety of housekeeping duties such as cleaning equipment, spills and clothing to insure the comfort and well-being of residents;
  •  Communicates effectively as a member of treatment team regarding resident care and training programs;
  •  Assists in selecting, scheduling and implementing activities which contribute to the goals and objectives established for each resident in the treatment plan;
  • Maintains accurate records, reports and charts using written and electronic means;
  • Assists with maintenance of established standards and policies and, when assigned.
  • Provides direction for other attendants and communicates to the supervisor;
  • Serves on committees as requested;

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need For Success:

  • A High School Diploma or High School Equivalent (HSE).
  • Satisfactory completion of the Behavioral Health Recovery Attendant V curriculum;
  • Certification in First Aid, CPR/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and Bridge Building;
  • Successful completion of orientation and basic nursing classes;
  • Physical health, stamina and mental alertness;
  • Ability to sit, bend, stoop, lift, walk, climb stairs, run short distances and stand for long periods (up to 7.5 hrs.) of time;
  • Ability to work overtime per policy;
  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave
  • Free Parking
  • Free LinkedIn Learning


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Nearest Major Market: Evansville