Mental Health Technician

Under the supervision of a Mental Health Professional, provides rehabilitative mental health services that implement the goals and objectives of the individual treatment plan for an individual with mental health needs.  These services are designed to meet specific mental health needs of the individual and support them in activities of daily and community living.  Such services allow the individual to replace inappropriate skills with developmentally and therapeutically appropriate daily living skills, social skills and leisure and recreational skills which will reduce the risk of hospitalization.  Services must assist the individual in arranging crisis services.  Services must be provided in the individual’s residence and other community or recreational settings.



The Mental Health Technician (MHT) works under the direction of a Mental Health Skills Therapist or Mental Health Professional in implementing rehabilitative mental health services.  There are two levels of qualifications.

MHT:   A Mental Health Technician must:

•         Be at least 18 years of age

•         Possess a high school diploma or equivalent or two years of experience as a primary caregiver to individuals with severe emotional disturbance within the previous ten years

Mental Health Technicians must meet orientation and training requirements as follows:

Pre-service training must include 15 hours of face-to-face training in mental health services delivery and completion of the ND Mental Health Technician training training. 

Mental Health Technicians must receive 20 hours of continuing education every two calendar years.  This must be related to serving the needs of individuals with severe emotional disturbance.

The Mental Health Technician must pass a criminal background check.  S/he must also possess a valid driver’s license and maintain current automobile insurance.


1.       Clinical Responsibilities are conducted under the supervision of the Clinical Supervisor or other assigned Mental Health Professional or Skills Therapist, and include: 

•         Providing services to improve the functioning of the individual and support the family in activities of daily and community living.  The MHT will follow the treatment plan, implementing goals targeting assisting the individual in replacing inappropriate daily living skills, social skills, leisure and recreational skills.  These skills include:

•         Assisting the individual as needed with skill development in dressing, eating, and toileting;

•         Assisting, monitoring and guiding the individual to complete tasks, including facilitating the individual’s participation in medical appointments;

•         Observing and intervening to redirect inappropriate behavior;

•         Assisting the individual in using age appropriate self-management skills as related to the individual’s emotional disorder or mental illness, including problem solving, decision making, communication, conflict resolution, anger management, social skills, and recreational skills

•         Implementing de-escalation techniques as recommended by the Mental Health Professional;

•         Implementing any other mental health service that the Mental Health Professional has approved as being within the scope of the MHT’s duties;

•         Assisting the parents to develop and use parenting skills that help the individual achieve the goals outlined in the individual’s individual treatment plan or individual behavior plan.

•         Providing crisis assistance services addressed to (1) Address abrupt or substantial changes in the functioning of the individual or the individual’s family indicated by a sudden change in the behavior with negative consequences for well-being, loss of usual coping mechanisms, or the presentation of danger to self or others; (2) Crisis prevention, identification, and management: (3) Reduce immediate personal distress and to assess factors that precipitated the crisis in order to reduce the chance of future crisis through arrangements for direct intervention, support services to the individual and family, and provision for the utilization of more appropriate services.

•         Receives direction from the Clinical Supervisor or designated Mental Health Professional or Skills Therapist to work towards the client’s treatment goals.  Direction is to be based on the individual’s individual treatment plan.  This direction must also include determination of the MHT’s level of cultural competency for the case. 

2.       Administrative responsibilities include:

•         Complete notes for services rendered in keeping with policy.

•         Attend treatment team meetings as necessary

•         Contribute to the development of agency policies and procedures as requested

•         Complete time management reports weekly

•         Complete staff time sheet/expense logs monthly

•         Participate in supervision activities, both for self and supervisees

3.  Expected professional and team behavior includes:

•         Dress appropriately for the job

•         Work in a positive and cooperative manner with others

•         Resolve problems constructively

•         Taking initiative, pitching in, and being a team player

•         Communicating openly and directly with others

•         Flexibility when situations change, and re-prioritizing tasks if needed

•         Show a positive attitude with respect to the job and the agency

•         Show patience with clients, co-workers, and other team members

•         Accept responsibility for your own behavior, decisions, and actions


Please note this job description is not designated to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


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