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Mental Health Worker I - Casual

  • Job ID: 703787336
  • Status: Casual
  • Regular/Temporary: Limited
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Variable
  • Facility: UPMC Altoona
  • Department: 3G Behavioral Health
  • Location: 620 Howard Avenue, Altoona PA 16601
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $15.30 to $23.36 / hour


Casual Mental Health Worker I

Will work 24 hours in a month with one weekend included 

The Mental Health Worker I (MHW I) functions as part of the nursing team in providing for the care of patients on the Behavioral Health Services Inpatient Unit. Through the use of individual and group methods, the MHW I participates in the assessment, physical, and psychological treatment programs of the units. The MHW I also provides back-up services to the Behavioral Health Services Crisis Center (CCC). The position requires the ability to relate well to both individuals and social agencies.



  • Understands the special needs of patients with co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance abuse), and utilizes appropriate assessment and intervention techniques.
  • Knowledgeable about types of patient conditions most commonly encountered and understands the psychological and physiological basis for the treatment delivered. Knowledgeable of mental health laws and commitments. Knowledgeable of all policies and procedures relevant to treatment of psychiatric patients.
  • Establishes a relationship with the patient while obtaining data base information for admission.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in response to unexpected change in workload, emergencies, staffing, and scheduling changes. Remains open to alternate methods of achieving goals so that time at work is utilized to the best advantage. Demonstrates knowledge and ability to adapt to clinical treatment and instructional aspect of care to all stages of the life cycle and to various states of health and disease.
  • Documents pertinent information on a patient's chart, being objective at all times. Notes recorded should reflect:- The goals and recommended treatment stated in the treatment plan.- The patient's participation in the therapeutic milieu of the unit.- Any changes in behavior pattern which indicate growth and/or demonstrated need for reassessment and further treatment planning.
  • Encourages participation in therapeutic activities and provides Therapeutic Recreation (TR) programs when appropriate under the guidance of the TR staff.
  • Assists patients with bathing, dressing, feeding, etc. and identifying ways to utilize the daily living experience therapeutically. Escorts patients to other departments for tests, etc. remaining with them and assisting when necessary.Takes and records patient's temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration as directed by the RNAssists patients with discharge planning.
  • Provides effective and immediate intervention which might involve utilization and physical control if patient is unable to control own behavior and presents a danger to self or others. Knowledgeable of policy for seclusion and restraint, monitors them for correct use and rotation, and documents according to standards.
  • Obtain pertinent information and assist R.N.'s in recording in designated log books or prepare proper forms as required:- Patient log book - record name, admission date, etc.- Face sheets- Assemble and replenish charts as necessary. - Patient belonging lists- Observations/Rounds completed and documented- Group notes
  • Under the supervision of the staff nurse, participates in implementing the treatment plan and actively participates in the Treatment Planning Conference whenever possible. Interacts daily with patients, providing treatment services and further assessing needs. Reports changes and progress to the staff nurse and incorporates same in the nursing care plan.
  • Maintains level of observation needed for patient protection. Knowledgeable of non-violent crisis interventions.Sets limits and enforces policies of regulations in consultation with his/her supervisor and under his/her delegation.
  • Keeps staff nurse and other staff members informed about patient status and the unit situation throughout their shift through both written and oral reports.



Must have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, or a related behavioral science field from an accredited university or college including a field placement in a related field. Additional Qualifications:Must be able to work cooperatively with other members of the staff, agencies, and the general public in an effort to promote the growth and the development of Behavioral Health Services. Must be able to relate well and work effectively with people, assisting them in developing their capacitiesand resolving their specific problems.Must be able to demonstrate the ability to translate theoretical knowledge at the operational level for selfand others so that all may grow in their ability to function at a more optimal level.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Act 34 with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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