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Patient Care Assistant | Behavioral Health Recovery Attendant

Date Posted:  Aug 3, 2019
Requisition ID:  8714

Evansville, IN, US, 47714

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This posting has multiple positions available.  


The Behavioral Health Recovery Attendant is 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.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

The essential functions of this roles are as follows:

  • -Responsible for the daily physical care of the patients.

    -Responsible for reporting all minor first aid needs to the supervisor.

    -Responsible for completing incident/injury forms as needed, within 24 hours of the incident. Responsible for adhering to ESH and DMHA policies.

    -Assists with patients basic daily general health care.

    -Responsible for psycho-social care of patients.

    -Encourages patients to socialize and participate in activities.

    -Conducts self as role model when working with patients.

    -Encourages the display of acceptable behavior daily and sets consistent, realistic limits.

    -Uses appropriate therapeutic de-escalation techniques. Uses positive reinforcement verbally.

    -Responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment.

    -Responsible for contributing to individual treatment plans by preparing a written report on assigned patients each month. 

    -Responsible for attending individual treatment team meetings as assigned. 

    -Remains abreast of treatment plans and implements changes in a timely and appropriate manner.

    -Responsible for observing behavior and documenting appropriately in the medical record as assigned each shift, adhering to all nursing department, facility, and DMHA policies regarding documentation. Follows procedures for providing verbal report and documenting in order to facilitate transmission of information from shift to shift.

    --Responsible for following the CPI program and maintaining annual certification of same.

    -Responsible for attending/completing all required trainings, including SPD, and other assigned trainings within established timeframe(s).

    -Responsible for completion of annual personal, departmental, and center-wide competencies.

    -Will obtain vital signs training.. Upon completion of training, will accurately obtain vital signs as assigned, providing the results to the RN on duty for review.

    -Establish and maintain effective relationships within a team environment by promoting/maintaining professional conduct, negotiating and resolving conflict, acknowledging and respecting human diversity, and supporting team members.

    -Has a basic understanding of how protective factors, such as forming strong emotional connections to safe/non-judgmental people, can mitigate the negative impact trauma has on development.

    -Has the ability to identify patient strengths, coping resources, resilience, as well as areas requiring additional focus.

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.

Preferred Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Must obtain CPR and Bridge Building certification, demonstrate ability to perform techniques, and maintain certification throughout employment.


  • Thorough knowledge of basic procedures of client daily living (including personal hygiene and general health care;
  • Organizational ability to carry out programs and policies;
  • Ability to provide low stimulating therapeutic environment;
  • Knowledge of transportation and off grounds procedures to escort as assigned/needed;
  • Knowledge of and follows treatment plans of clients;
  • Knowledge of and ability to follow appropriate techniques, hospital guidelines and treatment plans;
  • Knowledge of verbal de-escalation and various therapeutic intervention techniques;
  • Ability to work as part of a team;
  • Knowledge of and uses appropriate safety program, incident/injury form and procedures;
  • Maintain security of environment;
  • Ability to effectively handle elopement, suicide and other precautions of patients;
  • Knowledge of and the ability to apply administrative policies, procedures and regulations of the agency;
  • Effective communication skills and ability to communicate complex issues in clear and concise manner.
  • Compassionate and able to handle stress
  • Good verbal and written communications skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of medical and hospital terminology
  • Good knowledge of MS Office and data entry
  • Basic computer skills.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Hiring Salary:  

The annual minimum starting salary for this position is $ 23,426.00.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

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

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted 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

If this is an Intermittent position, the position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Nearest Major Market: Evansville

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