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Psychiatric Technician - State Hospital West

We are seeking Psychiatric Technicians for State Hospital West (SHW) located in Nampa. SHW is a 16-bed Adolescent Psychiatric Treatment Hospital (for adolescents between 11 and 18 years old) nestled between Ridgecrest and Centennial golf courses on a picturesque piece of state property along the Nampa Interstate 84 corridor. SHW provides psychiatric inpatient treatment care for Idaho's adolescent citizens with the most serious and persistent mental illnesses. The hospital works in partnership with families and communities to enable clients to return to community living and will be accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and certified by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 


We have one of the Nation's best state retirement systems (PERSI) that offers a lifetime benefit. 
  • excellent medical, dental and vision insurance- (full-time) employee only coverage for PPO $65/month for medical and vision & $11.00/month for dental 
  • generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start 
  • 11 paid holidays a year 
  • paid parental leave
  • multiple savings plans, optional 401K, and optional 457
  • basic life insurance for employee and family 
  • employee covered at one times annual salary
  • spouse covered at $10,000
  • child covered at $5,000
  • wellness programs 
  • ongoing training opportunities 
  • an opportunity for student loan forgiveness  
  • and more!

Our generous benefits package increases the total compensation of a full-time (benefits eligible) Psychiatric Technician making $18.46/hour to an estimated $28.44/hour.

This position offers the opportunity to work with an excellent team and help establish our brand-new facility. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is seeking individuals who are driven to make an impact to our patients’ lives. If you are someone who wants to make a difference, share in growth and development, and know at the end of the day you have made a positive impact, then our Psychiatric Technician position might be for you!

General Information:
  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications of a Psychiatric Technician, can apply as a Psychiatric Technician Trainee to receive and complete necessary training and allow time to obtain more experience and/or certifications so that they can be considered for a promotion to the Psychiatric Technician position.  
  • This position will be working under the direction of the Director of Nursing Services and House Supervisors to implement, maintain, and manage patient care and safety.
  • This position also requires applicants to become certified in CPR and certified in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention.
  • Employees may be required to work weekends, holidays, day, evening and night shifts (swing or night shifts include 5% shift pay).
  • Applicants with a CNA or a certification for Recreational Behavioral Technician (RBT) are encouraged to apply.

This announcement may be used to fill full-time, part-time, and temporary positions.

If you have previously applied for Psychiatric Technician and wish to be considered for the current vacancy, you must reapply under this announcement. Previous scores will not be used.

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is a drug-free workplace. Any applicant offered employment in this position at the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test. Applicants will be required to pass a background investigation after a conditional offer of employment.

Example of Duties
  • Provide social skills training, calming techniques, and other coping strategies to individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental illness who may behave violently and aggressively toward you and others.
  • Intervene in crisis or potentially harmful situations by using specific early intervention techniques and/or physical restraining techniques.
  • Provide training and support to complete all activities of daily living (dressing, grooming, cooking, cleaning, etc.).
  • Interact with clients to model and encourage appropriate behavior and to address aggressive behavior.
  • Conduct well-defined therapeutic training sessions on a one-to-one and group basis.
  • Maintain the safety of clients, including involvement in emergencies such as fire evacuations.
  • Interact with clients to encourage appropriate behavior and to control aggressive behavior.
  • Interact with clients to provide social skills training in areas such as: social interaction; leisure time activities; planning and decision making; and money management.
  • Identify and report changes in client behavior and health.
  • Take, record, and report sleep patterns, diet information, behaviors and training progress.
  • Maintain client progress records.
  • Engage in physical activities (exercise and sports) with clients for up to an hour at a time.
  • Participate in on and off campus training. 
  • Respond to emergency situations such as fire evacuation or the administration of first aid and/or CPR.
  • Monitor and assess safety and security of clients and facilities within their environment and take action in crisis situations.
  • Maintain the environment by performing basic housekeeping duties.
  • Frequently perform tasks that require you to bend, push and pull wheeled and other items, twist and squat, use both left and right arms, use right and left hands and wrists, and reach above your shoulders. In addition, you must be able to lift up to 50 pounds while performing the tasks above, and you may be required to pursue clients to ensure safety.

Minimum Qualifications
You must possess all the minimum qualifications listed below to pass the exam for this position. Click on the Questions tab associated with this announcement for the details regarding minimum qualification requirements. The Supplemental Questions on the application are the exam questions. Please make sure your resume or work history supports your answers. Failure to do this may result in not passing the exam and disqualify you from being considered for this position.

  • Some knowledge of human services to include psychology, nursing, or social work.
  • Experience with behavior management for individuals diagnosed with mental illness and developmental disabilities.
Supplemental Information

Below are additional qualifications. They are not required, however, having the minimum qualifications and the education and/or experience below will increase your score. Please answer each item below with enough detail to determine you meet each requirement to receive extra credit.

  • Currently possess Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certificate or certification as a Recreational Behavioral Technician (RBT) and have adequate experience on the job.