The Mental Health Specialist provides specialized care and direct supervision of the mentally ill adult, child and adolescent. This care is directed towards the optimal recovery and rehabilitation of the patient and is performed under the supervision of the RN Program Manager or designated RN in the milieu (unit day areas) and program activity areas.
The Mental Health Specialist may be assigned to transport patients on outings and/or appointments in the community. During this assignment, the driver is responsible for insuring safe transportation in the hospital vehicle and ensures a safe, supportive environment for the patient. The driver is also responsible for communicating to the clinical staff all relevant, pertinent information regarding the patient’s mood, conversations, actions, etc. during transport.
Traffic violations and/or parking tickets must be immediately reported to the Hospital Operator upon return of the Company Vehicle’s keys. Performs other duties as required.
High school graduate or equivalent required. Certified Nurses Aide and/or six (6) months inpatient/outpatient experience required. Bachelor’s degree in behavioral science preferred.
Prior experience working directly with mentally ill patients in a clinical setting required, ideally in an acute psychiatric hospital is preferred. Additional specialized training or education in a relevant field such as child development or counseling may be accepted.
Thorough understanding of emotional and behavioral problems preferred.
Must be familiar with the functions of hospitals, psychiatric facilities, mental health centers. Must have demonstrated ability to function as an effective member of a team, i.e., interaction and vigilant supervision of patients in the program activity area. Accurately obtains vital signs utilizing stethoscope, sphygmomanometer and thermometer. Valid driver’s license is required.
Must meet basic health requirements of Kahi Mohala physical examination including 2-Step TB clearance. Must obtain and maintain current American Heart Association, Basic Life Support Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification and hospital approved management of aggressive behavior program. Frequent walking between units; bending, stooping, kneeling, pushing and ability to lift 50 lbs.