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Behavioral Health Tech II- General Adolescent and Intellectual & Developmental Disability Units- YBH

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Job ID: 83117
Location: Butner, NC
Facility/Division: UNC Medical Center
Status: Full Time
Shift: Day Job

Job Description


Become part of an inclusive organization with over 40,000 diverse employees, whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of the unique communities we serve.

We are pleased to announce that we are looking for Behavioral Health Technician II to join our new General Adolescent and Intellectual & Developmental Disability Inpatient Psychiatry Units at UNC Hospitals Youth Behavioral Health Facility (YBH).

Anticipated unit opening start dates, Oct/Nov 2023

UNC Hospitals Youth Behavioral Health is a 54 bed inpatient psychiatric facility located in Butner, NC. The hospital is composed of 4 units designed to care for child and adolescent patients with a variety of common mental health diagnoses, including those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In a milieu-based, trauma-informed, therapeutic setting, patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, including Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Therapy Services, Social Workers, Nursing Services, Pharmacy, Pastoral Care and Nutrition Services. Safety is the key component of the care provided as well as introduction of positive coping skills, healthy living and positive leisure activities.

Position Offering:

  • Shift: Day (Variable weekdays/weekends/holidays) 
  • Hours: Full Time;40 hrs/wk; 8 hour shifts 
  • Entity: UNC Medical Center 
  • Location: Butner, NC
  • Eligible for State Retirement Benefits

Are you passionate about caring for adolescents and children in a behavioral health environment? If so, we have opportunities available for you in the following area:

General Adolescents and Intellectual & Developmental Disability Inpatient Psychiatry Units:

  • The General Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Unit is a 14-bed unit. The unit is comprised primarily of 10-14 year old patients in crisis with a variety of mental health diagnoses.
  • The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Inpatient Psychiatry Unit is a 13-bed unit. The unit is comprised of various ages ranging from 8-17 year old patients in crisis with a mental health disorder in addition to a developmental disability or developmental disability and with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

As part of our career ladder, the Behavioral Health Technician for Psychiatry Services' applicant should provide evidence of clinical support experience in a behavioral health environment. A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) and two letter of recommendation from a professional clinical support nursing colleague are required and should be attached at time of application. 

The CV should include evidence of the following categories whenever possible: 

  • Detailed work history 
  • Applicants must teach a minimum of 10 group activities under RN supervision. 
  • At least two year of experience at UNC Health Care (waived with evidence of 2 years’ prior BHT/MHT experience)(Internal applicants only who are not current BHTs). 
  • Applicants must be free of corrective action at the time of application and promotion (written warning or final written warning)(Internal applicants only).
  • Applicants must be of permanent employment status (Internal applicants only who are not current BHTs).
  • Intent to advance form must be submitted at least 30 days prior to promotion (Internal applicants only who are not current BHTs).
  • Two letters of recommendations for supervisor must be submitted with application.

Please see the link below with information about the incentive program for the Assistive Personnel at The UNC Hospitals Youth Behavioral Health: 

This position requires the ability to attend orientation and training at the UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill. Training will continue at the UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough for several weeks after orientation until the facility in Butner is operational. 

The Behavioral Health Technician II role blends bedside duties with administrative and educational responsibilities in order to foster the professional excellence of the assistive personnel on inpatient and residential psychiatric units. This is a leadership role requiring flexibility and a dedication to ongoing improvement. Under the supervision of the RN, the BHT II models the provision of a safe, supportive and therapeutic environment for psychiatric patients, provides direct patient care, conducts therapeutic group sessions, and provides input to the multidisciplinary team to help develop and carry out the plan of care for all patients on assigned unit. Working closely with the CNIV and Nurse Manager, the BHT II aids in the oversight, scheduling, orientation and continuing education of the assistive personnel on the unit and models exemplary patient care in accordance with principals of the recovery model.

Minimum 24 hours of bedside staffing per week with administrative time as allowable by unit staffing levels, acuity and other factors. The BHT II works with CNIVs and Nurse Manager to coordinate the scheduling of assistive personnel, the orientation of new assistive personnel and periodic assistive personnel meetings on their home unit.
The BHT II is an expert in de-escalation and is able and willing to coach and support other support staff in order to prevent and diffuse escalating situations in the inpatient or residential environment.
Interacts with patients on a one to one as well as small group basis. Facilitates assigned groups in ways which encourage and require maximum patient participation and interaction, appropriate to functional level of group members. Able and willing to coach and support other assistive personnel to provide high-quality patient programming
Oversees the ordering, restocking and maintenance of unit supplies.
Provides protection and control for patients as required to ensure patient safety in the facility. Participates in restraining combative patients as necessary. Provides care and monitoring of patients in seclusion and/or restraint. Runs mock behavioral codes to ensure ongoing unit readiness if a hands-on approach is needed in an emergency.
Actively participates in at least two quality improvement projects per year.
Works with the CNIV and Nurse Manager to facilitate assistive personnel meetings on the home unit. Works with the unit charge nurse to assist in the provision of patient assignment as necessary.
As the unit safety coordinator, the BHT II is an expert in the safe unit environment. This includes maintaining departmental safety plans, submitting biannual safety reports and surveys, completing required safety education and training and reporting injuries and hazard all in accordance with Departmental Safety Coordinators Job Description policy. Oversees the safety of unit supplies and periodic unit searches as necessary. Tracks and maintains records of unit work orders in order to ensure a safe environment.
After training, is proficient in the Involuntary Commitment process.
Aids patients in reality orientation, participates in behavior modification plans/therapy, provides informal support therapy to patients/families, provides verbal de-escalation of potentially aggressive patients, aids in the physical management of aggressive/out-of-control patients, facilitates age appropriate play for children, and monitors the therapeutic milieu activities on assigned unit to ensure that emotional and safety needs of patients are met.
Observes, collects, and documents patient information obtained while providing care and promptly report significant changes in the patient's condition to a registered nurse or physician.
Assists in interviewing patients and their families for routine admission data. Orients patients and families to the facility. Provides data input during team discussions and meetings to assist in developing therapeutic plans and objectives.
Provides direct personal care to patients as outlined in plan of care for routine activities of daily living including bathing, personal hygiene, feeding and dressing. Assists patients with position changes, range of motion exercises, transfers and walking. Obtains and records vital signs, intake and output amounts or other measures as delegated. Observes patients and assesses progress on daily basis and reports significant changes in patients' condition and/or behavior to supervising RN.
Reinforce routine teaching given to patients by the registered nurse or physician and document patient understanding of instructions. Distributes patient education materials at the request of patients and/or health care providers

Other Information

Other information:
Education Requirements:
● High School diploma or GED
Licensure/Certification Requirements:
● Licensed as a Nursing Assistant I by the North
Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
● Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) certification.
● Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification or Basic
Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider certification
Professional Experience Requirements:
● Four (4) years of experience in behavioral health work.
Knowledge/Skills/and Abilities Requirements:
● ·        Ability to establish and maintain effective
working relationships with patients and hospital staff.

·        Ability to work with, express sensitivity and
understanding, and secure the cooperation of patients, including maintaining
empathetic attitude towards patients and other staff.

·        Ability to work with groups of patients or
individuals in didactic or recreational groups.

·        Ability to guide and coach staff to provide safe
and excellent patient care.

·        Ability to keep calm in stressful situations.

·        Must be fluent in verbal and written English

·        Possesses proficiency in computer skills.

Job Details

Legal Employer: STATE

Entity: UNC Medical Center

Organization Unit: UNCH YBH General Adol & IDD

Work Type: Full Time

Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00

Work Schedule: Day Job

Location of Job: Butner:NC:27509

Exempt From Overtime: Exempt: No

This is a State position employed by UNC Health Care System.

Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

UNC Health makes reasonable accommodations for applicants' and employees' religious practices and beliefs, as well as applicants and employees with disabilities. All interested applicants are invited to apply for career opportunities. Please email [email protected] if you need a reasonable accommodation to search and/or to apply for a career opportunity.

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