TEMPORARY additional differential of $4/hr. for all hours worked.
* Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.
Position Summary and Responsibilities
This is technical work of a paraprofessional nature in providing active care of residents in a facility for individuals who were committed to the Kansas Sexual Predator Treatment Program (SPTP). Reintegration Facility residents are in the transition period preparing to return into society. MHDD Technician (MHDDT) staff will provide security and supervision of resident daily activities, observing and reporting unusual or significant activity or behavior, and will also provide transportation into the community.
The MHDDT staff must be able to demonstrate the knowledge of skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the patients served. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principals of growth and development, and possess the ability to assess and interpret data to identify age specific needs. Participates in Natural Work Teams and/or Quality Action Teams as assigned. The purpose is to provide quality resident care by fostering therapeutic relationships and supporting the Reintegration Facility in the pursuit of the agency’s strategic plan.
Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:
Safety and Security Functions
- Provide direct observation of residents by utilizing on premises security systems. Also conducts visual and phone checks when needed.
- MHDDT staff will be responsible for controlling contraband on premises by conducting random room searches and directly observing the opening of incoming mail.
- Assist in the prevention of escapes by continuously monitoring Reintegration Facility resident whereabouts.
- Maintain order and discipline at Reintegration Facility by adhering to policies and procedures. MHDDT staff will model appropriate behavior.
- Monitor residents during visits according to Reintegration Facility Policy/Procedure. Provides specific level of supervision at visitation areas to ensure safety/security of residents and visitors by verifying identity of visitor and inspecting property brought to resident areas, according to agency policy.
- Maintains safety for residents on living units, at meals, in classrooms, at work sites, during activities, at program areas and hygiene areas.
- Ensures that unit rules are maintained in a fair and consistent manner.
- Secures items that pose a safety/security risk such as two-way radios, tools, locks, and keys.
- Observes physical facility for deviations from the norm which might indicate drugs or weapons being manufactured, imported or hidden within the facility.
- Utilizes specialized training for residents identified as high risk (e.g., suicidal, elopement, withdrawal, falls, etc.)
- Assists with searches for contraband as indicated by agency policy and procedure.
- Reports and documents any threats of resident safety/security.
- Protects confidentiality of PHI by following HIPAA regulations.
- Responds to crisis situations as needed.
- Performs tasks in keeping the unit clean and orderly and providing a safe, comfortable, therapeutic environment
- Demonstrates good personal hygiene and follows infection control guidelines, including frequent hand hygiene.
- Supervises resident movement to ensure resident and community safety
- Escorts residents to locations and appointments on campus and off grounds as assigned.
- Provides supervision of Reintegration Facility residents hospitalized in other facilities.
Interaction with Resident
- Maintain a safe and therapeutic environment for residents.
- Interact frequently with residents in a therapeutic manner which encourages them to follow program guidelines and advancement through Step Levels.
- Model appropriate relationships with staff and residents.
- Provide clear and direct feedback to residents about issues as allowed by policy and directing them to appropriate staff for consultation as necessary.
- Enforce program rules in a fair and consistent manner.
- Assist residents by aiding them in meeting their Treatment Plan/Step System goals.
- Escort residents on and off grounds to appointments, as appropriate.
- Learns resident goals/objectives and documentation process.
- Observes resident behaviors to detect, report, and document significant behaviors and/or signs of stress
- Gathers and documents data specific to treatment plan goals.
- Provides clear and direct feedback to residents about issues, and directs them to appropriate staff for consultation/resolution.
- Completes all required documentation, (e.g., incident reports, shift reports, rule violations, etc.) in accordance with hospital and program policies, in a timely manner.
- Interacts frequently with residents, by encouraging participation in Reintegration Facility programming.
- Encourages residents to develop an understanding of their treatment goals and apply identified treatment strategies.
- Promotes resident independence, productivity and choice making.
- Intervenes to prevent injury to residents or others per agency de-escalation techniques, using approved procedures.
- Identifies teaching opportunities, providing timely instruction in conflict resolution, problem solving, stress management and social skills.
Documentation/Team Work/Process Improvement
- Provide feedback to Client Training Supervisor (CTS) and the Reintegration Facility Director regarding resident behavior.
- Maintains daily e-mail access to receive communication, providing expected follow-up.
- Document observations and significant resident activities and behaviors in daily shift report and resident computer log.
- Complete all required written reports in accordance with policies, and in a timely manner.
- Complies with agency and program policies and procedures.
- Attends and provides input to Treatment Team Meetings as assigned.
- Participates in staff development and meets individual learning needs, to include required computer based training.
- Mentors other staff by providing individual supports and training as assigned.
- Participates and cooperates in Natural Work Teams and/or Quality Action Team as assigned.
- Demonstrates willingness to learn new concepts and a positive attitude by working cooperatively in a team process.
- Demonstrates caring and respectful communication to all internal and external customers.
- Demonstrates acceptable work habits that include coming to work on time and as scheduled.
- Adheres to the behavioral and ethical standards of resident care.
- Perform all additional job-related duties as assigned by the supervisor to accomplish the mission and goals of the Reintegration Facility and SPTP.
- Valid Driver’s License
- Prefer two years’ experience in one or more of the following: corrections, mental health services, law enforcement, adult or juvenile patient treatment for disturbed or mentally ill, behavioral science. Education can be substituted for experience.
- Positions in this class require that at the time of appointment the selected candidate must take and pass a drug screening test approved by the Division of Personnel Services. Persons hired must also pass a law enforcement security clearance in compliance with policies of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). Staff must stay current on CPR, First Aid, Emergency Preparedness and agency risk management procedures. Staff who operates a motor vehicle must possess a valid Kansas driver’s license.
- GED or High School Diploma
Post-Offer, Pre-employment Requirements:
- Ability to pass a KBI background and pre-employment drug test.
Recruiter Contact Information
- Name: Mitchell Smith
- Email: mitchell.smith [at] ks.gov
- Phone: 620.285.4383
- Mailing Address: 1301 KS Hwy 264, Larned, KS 67550