Mental Health Technician

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This position is responsible for providing strength-based treatment and behavioral interventions according to individualized treatment plans for youth experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties.


Representative Tasks/Responsibilities:

  • Using a strength-based approach, provide behavioral health interventions and teach skills development including effective communication, positive social interaction, problem solving, decision making and anger management to individual clients and groups as defined in the individualized treatment plans.
  • Maintain consistent program and activity structure. Provide therapeutic limits.
  • Demonstrate effective problem solving skills and good active listening.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to youth and families from diverse cultures, backgrounds and socioeconomic circumstances.
  • Use approved strategies to prevent aggressive behavior and to deescalate volatile situations.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of co-occurring disorders and the interrelationship of substance abuse and mental health.
  • Utilize common treatment modalities and effectively engage the clients within the treatment process.
  • Plan, supervise and document daily activities that meet therapeutic goals.
  • Provide ongoing monitoring and interventions to ensure client safety and immediately inform supervisor of any crisis or unsafe situation.
  • Document daily progress notes in a timely manner, which meet agency standards and state and federal regulations.
  • Ensure that the privacy and confidentiality of client health information for all JYS clients is maintained. Immediately report all breaches of private and confidential client data to the Program Coordinator and Corporate Compliance Officer.
  • May attend meetings as a member of the client’s treatment team and actively participate in developing and reviewing the client’s treatment plan and goals.
  • Knowledge of JYS Policies and Procedures to ensure responsible, safe youth activities and safe transport of youth in agency vehicles.
  • Attend and participate in individual and group supervision according to JYS policies.
  • Regularly attend program staff meetings. Notify supervisor and review meeting minutes when absent.
  • Actively support and contribute to the accomplishment of Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) goals and objectives within assigned program and the agency.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.



  • Ability to act as a positive role model for youth and provide appropriate, respectful care, support, structure and guidance for youth development.
  • Ability to apply the basic principles of child development, behavioral health, and crisis intervention.
  • Understanding of the indicators of child abuse, neglect and mandatory reporting laws.
  • Understanding of cultural issues in the treatment process. Possess ability to use cultural differences to enhance treatment.
  • Ability to be sensitive to the unique needs of emotionally and behaviorally disturbed clients and their families.
  • Ability to support positive youth and family contact, visitation and involvement in community activities.
  • Ability to follow written protocols from medical, supervisory and clinical personnel.
  • Ability to respond appropriately to crisis, emergency, and disaster situations such as medical, fire, etc.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and written.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
  • Ability to efficiently and effectively organize and prioritize work.  Good with time management.
  • Ability to contribute positively as a team member and work effectively with other internal and external stakeholders.



  • High School diploma or the equivalent.
  • Prefer one-year experience working with emotionally and/or behaviorally disturbed youth.
  • Current Alaska driver’s license and auto insurance per agency standards.
  • Clearance of state and federal background checks.


NOTE:   JYS is a dynamic organization changing as needed to best address its goals.  This job description is representative of duties at a moment in time and is intended as a “living document” updated periodically to reflect changes in job responsibilities and/or emphasis.  It is not intended or implied to be an employment contract but is a communication tool to explain the responsibilities, advertise the job and identify performance measures and potential training needs.