In a Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services hospital, community mental health facility or program this class is accountable for receiving education and training in theoretical and clinical mental health principles and practices and for assisting in the provision of direct care to clients or providing support services to clients in community respite programs.
Works under the close supervision of a mental health paraprofessional or professional of a higher grade.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Receives education and on-the-job training in theoretical and clinical mental health principles and practices;
Assists in monitoring and providing support and/or rehabilitation services to clients;
Interacts with clients in goal-directed activities;
Participates in activities of daily living with assigned clients;
Observes and reports client behavior;
Establishes and maintains relationships with clients;
Encourages clients to participate in ward and outside activities;
Writes and submits incident or other related reports when directed;
Ensures confidentiality of oral and written instructions for carrying out client care procedures;
Cooperates in maintenance of a safe and healthy environment within treatment facility;
May assist in development and/or administration of a treatment plan;
May manage client behaviors through verbal communication as needed;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
oral and written communication skills;
follow oral and written instructions;
work and empathize with individuals with psychiatric disabilities.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Experience and/or training that could be expected to provide the required knowledge, skill and ability listed above including but not restricted to completion of a mental health trainee certificate program.
Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator license.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain clients and may have significant exposure to communicable and/or infectious diseases, strongly disagreeable conditions and/or risk of injury.
Appointment to this class will be for a maximum of two (2) years for all positions except those performing as Respite Care Specials where there will be no restrictions on the length of appointment.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(25)-Patient and Inmate Care
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Mental Health Trainee (37.5 Hour) in Salary Group XN 14 approved effective July 25, 2022. (Revised to modernize format and add Acknowledgement section) Final No. 23-164