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Psychiatric Technician Trainee - SWITC

Posting Begin Date: 2024/03/07
Posting End Date: 2024/06/09
Category: Human Services
Sub Category: Mental Health
Work Type: Temporary
Location: Nampa, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 16.87
Maximum Salary: 16.87
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. We are looking for Psychiatric Technician Trainees.

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 SWITC client. Integrity, high quality customer service, and compassion are core values that will 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 our employees to enjoy.

  • This is a trainee level position. When training is satisfactorily completed, the employee may be eligible for promotion to Psychiatric Technician ($19.68/hr).
  • SWITC is an IFC/ID residential facility for the intellectually and developmentally disabled.
  • This position will be expected to be able to provide training and support to individuals with challenging behaviors and be able to physically intervene when needed to provide safety.
  • This position will be expected to lift and transfer clients and must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Also requires applicants to become certified in CPR and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention and certified to pass medications to clients.
  • Employees may be required to work weekends, holidays, day, evening and night shifts (swing or night shifts include 5% shift pay).

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.  

Temporary positions are limited to working 1,385 hours in a 12-month period for any one state agency. Employees are eligible for benefits if they work twenty (20) hours or more per week and the term of employment is expected to exceed five (5) continuous months. 

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. 


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 personal hygiene and first aid. Typically gained by at least two months of experience performing these functions OR a willingness to learn them.
  • Experience following written and oral instructions. Typically gained by at least six months of experience.
  • Ability to read and write in English.

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

  • Active Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Licensure.

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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.