Mental Health Associate

The University Of Maryland Medical System Baltimore , MD 21203

Posted 2 weeks ago

Job ID: 68050

Area of Interest: Professionals

Location: Baltimore, MD US

Hours of Work: 8 hour shifts: 7a, 3p

Job Facility: University of Maryland Medical Center

Employment Type: Part Time


What You Will Do:

University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) has achieved Magnet status in recognition of the hospital nursing excellence. UMMC is a teaching hospital with 757 beds based in Baltimore, Maryland, that provides the full range of health care. It has more than 35,000 inpatient admissions and 165,000 outpatient visits each year.

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Job Summary

Under direct supervision, performs delegated patient care functions to patients with diverse psychiatric/medical and substance abuse issues. Maintains therapeutic and rehabilitative milieu environment. Fulfillment of the job duties requires the employee to have access to medication storage areas and to transport medications to/from medication storage and delivery areas.


The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.

  • Participates as a member of the interdisciplinary team in collecting information which contributes to the development of the patient's intellectual and emotional growth. Provides appropriate therapeutic psychiatric interventions and is active in group activities with patients both on and off the units. Follows the treatment plans as outlined by the RN.

  • Facilitates unit-based activity programs, recreational activities, and participates in professional practice with the RN.

  • Under RN supervision in the child service line, structures family/patient visits to ensure safety and positive outcomes for both the patient and family through intervention and suggestion of activity. Observes and provides feedback/teaching to family caregivers during visits.

  • Participates in psycho educational groups to address social skills that enhance the growth and development of the patients. Co-leads specialty groups with treatment team members as assigned.

  • Participates in the multidisciplinary team meeting, providing input on patient's progress. Supports the Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) by being informed of patients short term goals and interventions set by the interdisciplinary team.

  • Participates in family meetings as assigned such as IVA (Involuntary Administrative Hearing) meetings.

  • Participates in patient rounds, close observations and one to one observations. Observes and reports patient's progress and overall condition and takes immediate action for safety in incidents where patients may become harmful to themselves or others.

  • Documents clinical observations in data/action/outcome response format in support of treatment and documentation requirements.

  • Performs related duties associated with basic patient care, such as, picking-up blood, delivering specimens to clinical laboratories, performing minor housekeeping and escorting patients when assigned by nursing staff. Transports patients and runs errands. Accompanies patients to diagnostic testing areas as directed and remains with patient.

  • Initiates C.P.R. procedure as needed.

  • Attends all mandatory hospital/department in-services including CPR and Aggression Management Training, Fire Safety, TB Training, and competencies in psychiatry. Participates in in-service training activities and staff meetings.

  • Assists with the orientation of fellow staff members by explaining unit policies and procedures.

  • Participates in Performance Improvement activities and act as a contributing member of subsequent committees.

What You Need to Be Successful:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) or equivalent experience is required.

  • CPR certification is required.

  • Education requirements for each Psychiatric service line:

  • For the Adult Psych service line: Minimum one (1) year experience in psychiatric, behavioral, or mentally retarded patient care work preferred.

  • For the Geropsych service line: Minimum one (1) year of experience working with older adults is required.

  • For the Child Psych service line: Minimum of one (1) year experience working with children is required.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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