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Psychiatric Technician - SWITC

Posting Begin Date: 2024/02/27
Posting End Date: 2024/05/28
Category: Human Services
Sub Category: Mental Health
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Nampa, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 19.68
Maximum Salary: 19.68
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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People Making a Difference!

Are you passionate about making a positive impact and working with the intellectually and developmentally disabled community? At Southwest Idaho Treatment Center (SWITC), our Psychiatric Technicians make a difference in their lives and share in their growth and development. 

SWITC is a 24-hour facility whose mission is to support individuals in crisis to become stable, develop skills, and to successfully transition to the community. We employ over 100 professionals who work together to meet our mission for each client. Integrity, high quality customer service, and compassion are core values that lead to success at SWITC and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. SWITC has one of Idaho’s historic landmarks, the Idaho State Sanitarium Administration Building, on campus and includes acres of open space with beautiful gardens, wildlife, and walking paths for employees to enjoy.

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is a drug-free workplace. Any applicant offered employment in this position at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test. In addition, successful candidates will be required to complete a criminal history background investigation. Employment is dependent upon satisfactory results of the investigation.  

This is an ongoing announcement which means at the time applicants apply, we may or may not have an opening. Those applicants that take and pass the exam to show they meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the referral list. When a position becomes available, the hiring supervisor will then directly contact those applicants they wish to interview off the referral list.



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/30+ hours per week) employee only coverage for PPO $65/month for medical and vision & $11.80/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!


  • Patient care: Providing direct care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including assistance with daily activities. 
  • Observation, documenting and reporting: Monitoring and documenting clients' care, behavior, symptoms, and overall mental health status. 
  • Medication administration: Administering prescribed medications and observing, reporting and documenting any side effects or concerns. 
  • Therapeutic interventions: Assisting in implementing therapeutic treatment plans under the guidance of mental health professionals. 
  • Crisis intervention: Responding to and managing crises or challenging behaviors in a calm and controlled manner. 
  • Collaboration with the clinical team: Working closely with clinician, nurses and other client-care professionals to provide comprehensive care. 
  • Client education: Providing education to clients of coping strategies, daily hygiene and healthy eating habits. 
  • Assisting with Personal Hygiene: Providing perineal care as part of daily hygiene routines for clients such as bathing, toileting, etc. 
  • Physical Activity: Engage in exercise and sports activities with clients for up to an hour at a time. 
  • Lift and transfer client. Lift and carry items weighing approximately 50 pounds. 
  • Housekeeping: Creating a comfortable and clean-living environment for our clients by cleaning, organizing, laundry, dishwashing, surface disinfection, trash removal, and bed making. 

All positions at SWITC ensure a safe and secure environment for clients and staff.


You must possess all the minimum qualifications below to pass the exam for this position. Please make sure your resume or work history supports your meeting the minimum qualifications for this position. Failure to do this may disqualify you from being considered for this position. It is highly recommended to attach a one-page cover letter to your application to demonstrate how you meet the requirements below.

  • Some knowledge of human services to include psychology, nursing, or social work. Typically gained by completion of a college course in psychology, nursing or social work OR  at least six months of work experience in dual diagnosis, behavioral interventions, mental health disorders and medications, psychiatric symptoms or therapeutic communications OR successfully completed psychiatric technician training program through Southwest Idaho Treatment Center, State Hospital North, State Hospital West or State Hospital South OR  at least six months experience providing treatment services for the mentally ill.
  • Experience with behavior management for individuals diagnosed with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Typically gained by completion of at least six credits of upper-division college coursework in psychology or special education OR  at least six months of work experience completing behavioral assessments and/or mental health scales, analyzing behavior and its function, and developing or assisting in developing behavior support plans OR successfully completed Southwest Idaho Treatment Center, State Hospital North, State Hospital West or State Hospital South sponsored Psychiatric Technician training.

Below is preferred experience. It is not required for the position but applicants with this experience may receive consideration over other applicants.

  • Current Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Licensure.

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(answered Monday through Friday during business hours MST)

EMAIL: [email protected] 
(208) 334-0681


The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.