STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
CLASSIFICATION: MENTAL HEALTH WORKER I
Class Code: 6223-09 Date Established: 12-06-74
Occupational Code: 3-2-3 Date of Last Revision: 12-28-01
BASIC PURPOSE: To perform work associated with the care of patients/residents/clients, including maintaining house/ward areas, assisting individuals and groups of patients/residents/clients in meeting basic daily needs, and providing for a safe, clean and orderly living environment and treatment milieu.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· May act as group leader for patients/residents as assigned by supervisor.
· May participate as directed in approved community treatment programs.
· Observes and interacts with patients/residents, and documents observations to the immediate supervisor to assist in developing individual treatment plans.
· Guides and assists patients/residents in activities of daily living and personal hygiene, nutrition, rest, and exercise.
· Takes and records vital signs and reports results to nurse or Component Director/Resident Services Director for positions assigned to Transitional Housing Services. May collect samples for routine laboratory examinations.
· May participate in specific treatment interventions such as coping skills, anger management, and other self regulating behavior.
· Collects and distributes State laundry and house/unit supplies, assists or takes responsibility for clothing and personal items.
· Observes, records and reports patient/resident behavior to immediate supervisor.
· May perform limited outreach community work with selected patients/residents.
Skill: Requires skill in applying instructions to accomplish different job functions OR in operating machines for a variety of different purposes.
Knowledge: Requires understanding and using business or trades vocabulary or basic arithmetic to perform standard operating procedures.
Impact: Requires minimal responsibility for contributing to agency objectives by supporting or performing routine work activities within a small organizational unit. Errors at this level are of minor consequence and are readily detected through frequent checking or inspection.
Supervision: Requires no supervision of employees or functions.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in an adverse working environment containing a combination of disagreeable elements which impact significantly upon the employee's capacity for completing work assignments. This level includes work-related accidents or assault.
Physical Demands: Requires medium to heavy work, including continuous physical exertion such as frequent bending, lifting or climbing.
Communication: Requires obtaining and exchanging information, referring inquiries to the appropriate source, or responding to questions from state employees or members of the general public.
Complexity: Requires a combination of job functions using minimal judgment to perform a variety of job tasks according to clearly prescribed standard practices and procedures.
Independent Action: Requires making a limited number of choices in selecting among alternative courses of action under supervisory guidance and in performing job functions according to a variety of prescribed policies or procedures.
Education: Graduation from high school, G.E.D. or its equivalent. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of work experience. Approved formal education includes courses or a degree in psychology, social science, special education, any of the health professions, or other area of approved study.
Experience: One year of experience in the care of mentally ill or emotionally disturbed persons in a psychiatric facility, one year as a Mental Health Worker, or one year of work experience in a position, or combination of positions, that would evidence possession of the required skills necessary for satisfactory performance at this level.
License/Certification: Must be certified as a Mental Health Worker. Valid driver's license if required by job function and noted on the supplemental job description.
FOR TRANSITIONAL HOUSING AT NEW HAMPSHIRE HOSPITAL and LACONIA DESIGNATED RECEIVING FACILITY: Must meet educational requirements, certifications, competencies and employment criteria as specified under He-M 1001, He-M 1201, He-M 506, and He-M 426 as applicable to job responsibilities. One additional labor grade is provided for Medication Certification. Employee certification is reviewed and renewed annually.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Ability to maintain a rehabilitative attitude and relationship with patients/residents/clients. Ability to relate to patients/residents/clients, as well as co-workers in a positive and empathetic fashion. Ability to respond to supervision and work cooperatively with others in the discharge of care and treatment responsibilities. Ability to perform routine manual tasks and primary patient/resident/client care services. Desire to participate as part of a large treatment effort aimed at re-socializing and rehabilitating mentally ill patients/residents/clients. Ability and willingness to participate in required in-service training programs to develop skills and knowledge leading to enhanced effectiveness. Ability to read and write, and prepare reports regarding patient/resident/client behavior. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.
Last Updated 05/10/02