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Psychiatric Technician - SHS (PTF)

Posting Begin Date: 2024/05/03
Posting End Date: 2024/08/04
Category: Mental Health
Sub Category: Human Services
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Blackfoot, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 17.85
Maximum Salary: 19.04
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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State Hospital South (SHS) - Patient Treatment Facility (PTF) is looking for a Psychiatric Technician (PT) who is caring, loving, and has a passion for helping others. SHS is in beautiful Southeast Idaho, an area best known for Oregon Trail and Native American history, amazing fly fishing, towering mountain peaks with abundant wildlife and awe inspiring geological sites. State Hospital South in Blackfoot provides psychiatric inpatient treatment and skilled nursing care for Idaho’s adult citizens with the most serious and persistent mental illnesses. The hospital works in partnership with families and communities to enable clients to return to community living. State Hospital South currently houses 110 psychiatric adult beds. It also maintains a statewide program to restore the competency of criminal justice patients. CNA is required for this position. 

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!



  • Provide personal care for patients. 
  • Provide group and/or individual services in psychosocial treatment, disturbed behavior management, record keeping, environmental management, and patient care. 
  • Maintain the safety of patients/residents, including involvement in emergencies such as fire evacuations. 
  • Interact with patients/residents to encourage appropriate behavior and to control aggressive behavior. 
  • Interact with patients/residents to provide social skills training in areas such as: social interaction; leisure time activity; planning and decision making; and money management. 
  • Take, record, and report vital signs, sleep patterns, and diet patterns. 
  • Identify and report changes in patients/residents behavior and health. 
  • Maintain patients/residents progress records. 
  • Intervene in crisis or potentially harmful situations by using specific early intervention techniques and/or physical restraining techniques.



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 satisfactorily completion of a psychiatric technician training program through Southwest Idaho Treatment Center, State Hospital North, State Hospital West, or State Hospital South OR at least six months of work 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. Experience may have been gained through SHS, SHW, SWITC, or SHN's sponsored training.
  • Requires possession of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate.

***Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications of a Psychiatric Technician, can apply as a Psychiatric Technician Trainee to receive training and become certified as a CNA so that they can qualify to apply as a Psychiatric Technician.

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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.