Mental Health Assistant

State Of South Dakota Yankton , SD 57078

Posted 4 weeks ago

Job ID: 11728

Agency: Department of Social Services; Human Services Center; Birch 1, nights

Salary: $14.42 per hour, plus $1.50 per hour shift pay, plus weekend pay

Pay Grade: GF

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

For more information about the Department of Social Services, please visit

The Mental Health Assistant provides direct patient care by maintaining an atmosphere conducive to treatment, listening to and helping psychiatric and chemically dependent patients deal with their problems and assisting with unit management duties to meet the physical and emotional needs of psychiatric patients.

This position works primarily 10:30 P.M. - 6:30 A.M., including holidays and weekends.

The Human Services Center provides a comprehensive employee orientation including completion of the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) certification.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

Knowledge of:

  • unit routine and the physical and psychological needs of the mentally ill;
  • patient safety procedures;
  • standard treatment programs for the mentally ill;
  • procedures for documenting patient behavior and progress;
  • patient's rights;
  • effective methods of assigning and monitoring subordinates' work and providing training.

Ability to:

  • provide work direction;
  • follow instructions and procedures;
  • carry out individual program plans for treatment of patients;
  • accurately observe, recognize, report, and record physical symptoms and significant behavioral characteristics of patients;
  • verbalize the needs of patients;
  • be empathetic and supportive with patients;
  • assist in lifting and moving patients;
  • deal with aggressive behavior;
  • lift and move patients;
  • lift 75 lbs.;
  • communicate information clearly and concisely.


Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of a drug screening.

NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9.

The State of South Dakota offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information please visit This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Apply at:

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
500 East Capitol

Pierre, SD 57501-5070

Telephone: 605.773.3148 Fax: 605.773.4344

"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

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Mental Health Assistant

State Of South Dakota