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Mental Health Therapy Technician (Non-C.N.A.)
SALEM OR 97309
Category: Other
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Mental Health Therapy Technician (Non-C.N.A.)
Mental Health Therapy Technician (Non-C.N.A.)



Mental Health Therapy Technician (Non-C.N.A.)


$2,662.00 - $3,754.00 Monthly


Salem, OR

Job Type

Limited Duration


Oregon Health Authority-Oregon State Hospital

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6/14/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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The Oregon State Hospital, a division of the Oregon Health Authority, has a fantastic opportunity for multiple MENTAL HEALTH THERAPY TECHNICIANS to join an excellent team working to help people recover from their illness and return to their lives in the community.

What you will do!

Under the supervision of professional staff you will provide physical care, behavioral management, infection control and security activities. In addition, you will participate in the basic care and treatment of, and provide escort service for patients and contribute to the general therapeutic atmosphere of the work unit.

What's in it for you?

Collaboration in a modern psychiatric hospital with a team of bright individuals to work with and learn from. We offer full medical, vision and dental benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and ten paid holidays per year.

This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill current vacancies. Oregon State Hospital has multiple openings for limited duration (approximately 17 months in duration) positions. If hired as a limited duration employee you will have transfer rights into permanent positions and have the opportunity to choose which unit/shift you would like to work by using our internal bid process. The majority of the limited duration staff move into full-time, permanent positions within 12 months. These positions are located in Salem, OR (2600 Center St. NE). Oregon State Hospital has multiple vacancies in the Mental Health Therapy Technician classification. We will continue recruiting for this position until all positions have been filled.


These positions are represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The Oregon Health Authority is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to work force diversity.

Duties & Responsibilities


Observes and records behavior: may be responsible for entering, retrieving, updating and deleting information from the computer system; documents patients' responses to treatment and shares the information with the treatment team; provides input for the changes in treatment programs.

Assists with lifting, moving, turning, and walking patients.

After obtaining required training/certification, some employees may assist the Registered Nurse with medical care such as collecting specimens, measuring blood pressure, pulse, respiration and temperature;

After obtaining required training/certification, some employees may administer medications;

Assists with admitting and discharging patients to and from the wards;

Serves as a resource person for patients by attending to their basic physical, emotional and social needs such as assuring that patients have such personal items as soap, toothbrushes and shampoo and are bathed, groomed, properly clothed and fed.

Escort patients off ward when assigned, maintaining security procedures in transport

Spends time daily/weekly interacting with patients individually or as a group; and

Participate in verbal and physical interventions with patients as needed.

Overtime may be required and shifts and days off may change without notice.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Possess a current unencumbered Oregon Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) certification at the time of application; OR

Eighteen (18) months of experience providing direct patient/client care or training in a related field of human services (i.e., providing assistance to individuals or groups with issues such as substance abuse, mental and physical disabilities or youth offenders); OR

An Associates Degree in a related human services field.

Note: Experience is defined as "working with mentally, emotionally, behaviorally, or physically impaired clients."

The following must be obtained within two weeks of employment (training and test is provided by OSH):

1) CPR and Safe Together certification.

2) Test for TB and Hepatitis B.


This work is performed in a psychiatric hospital. Duties may be performed in a residential or clinical setting serving high risk/high profile individuals with mental illness. Daily routines can be hectic, with exposure to hostile, angry patients with the potential for violent behavior. There may be daily exposure to infectious diseases, biohazards, noises and contaminants.

Must be able to frequently and safely lift 50 lbs.

Ability to sit, stand and walk for long periods of time; 8 hours or longer.

Must have basic computer skills and be willing to learn new technologies as they are introduced into the workplace.

Must be able to speak, write, understand and follow written and verbal instructions in English.

Additional Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE: E-mail addresses are REQUIRED, the State of Oregon requires ALL applicants have a valid e-mail address.

Oregon Health Authority will communicate with all applicants via e-mail.

If you are offered employment, the offer will be contingent upon the outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check and driving records check and the information shall be shared with the Oregon Health Authority, Office of Human Resources. Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.

Candidates who are offered employment at the Oregon State Hospital must satisfactorily pass a pre-employment drug test.

If you are an eligible veteran and wish to claim veterans' preference points AND you also meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the points will be added to your score. To receive veterans' preference points you MUST attach to your electronic application the following required documentation:

> A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veteran's Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.

> A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; AND a copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.

For more information on veterans' preference points visit, and select veterans' preference.

If you need assistance to participate in the application process you are encouraged to call Michael Lewis at (503) 945-2816 or the Office of Human Resources at (503) 945-2815 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday.


The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) includes most of the state's health care programs, including Public Health, Health Policy and Analytics, Health Systems Division, and Oregon State Hospital. Incorporating the state's health care programs within one agency gives the state greater purchasing and marketing power to begin tackling the issues of cost, quality, and access to care.

OHA strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. OHA fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation and any other factor applicable by state or federal law.

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

+ Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

+ $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

+ Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

+ Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

+ Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

+ Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

+ 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

+ Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

+ Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

+ Long-term and short-term disability

+ Accidental Death and Dismemberment

+ Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

+ Flexible spending accounts

+ Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.

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