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TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST

  • 511200
  • PHOENIX
  • DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES
  • Full-time

DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES

The Arizona State Hospital (ASH) provides inpatient psychiatric care to persons with serious mental illness who need long-term behavioral health care. ASH promotes hope and wellness for our patients and creates opportunities to participate in planning, delivering and evaluating services that assist with recovery. Treatment is individualized with goals that focus on education about an illness, instilling hope and improving one's overall quality of life. The Arizona State Hospital has a wide range of positions available, from our direct care staff, Nurses and Behavioral Health Technicians to Social Workers, Rehabilitation Specialist and Security to name a few. The Arizona State Hospital also offers 12 hour shifts for our Direct Care staff as well as some alternative work schedules, flexible hours for non-direct care staff. We offer a robust benefit package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Pilot Program where eligible employees can receive up to $437.50 per month for their outstanding student loans. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.

Transportation Specialist

Arizona State Hospital

Job Location:

Address:  501 N. 24th Street Phoenix, AZ 85008

Posting Details:

Salary: $19.9353 

Grade: 17

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

This position is eligible for a $5,000 hiring incentive.

The Transportation Specialist is responsible facilitating the safe transporting and escorting of patients & residents of the Arizona State Hospital/ACPTC to and from medical and other appointments required during their course of treatment, as well as other tasks associated with the documentation. These transportation events also include certain legal appointments such as outside court dates, occasionally outside of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The position also requires active participation in the retrieval of patients on conditional release to the community who must be returned to the hospital campus due to de-compensation, as well as active participation in the retrieval of patients/residents attempting to leave the facility without authorization. Additionally, Transportation Specialists are required provide additional support such as being present on units or common areas observing patients when there are gaps of time in the transportation schedule.

 

Job Duties:

− Facilitating the safe transportation and escorting of patients & residents of the Arizona State Hospital/ACPTC to and from medical and other appointments required during their course of treatment, as well as other tasks associated with the documentation. Follow all established patient/resident transportation protocols preventing/monitoring AWOL/escape incidents.
− Inspect vehicles and equipment required to accomplish safe patient/resident movement, completing necessary documentation as required.
− Complete patient/resident trip authorizations as well as required documenting any issues utilizing the ASH Incident Report system as necessary.
− Conduct safe and efficient active participation in the retrieval of patients on conditional release to the community who must be returned to the hospital campus due to decompensation, as well as active participation in the retrieval of patients/residents attempting to leave the facility without authorization.
− Provide additional support such as being present on units or common areas observing patients when there are gaps of time in the transportation schedule.
− Deliver equipment and supplies to designated location as needed and transport laboratory specimens following established procedures.
− Other duties as assigned as related to the position.

 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
− Basic mental health principles, therapeutic interactions and boundaries, patient rights, infection prevention, performance improvement process.
− Basic computer operations and related hardware/software required to perform job requirements.
− Proper telephone and radio communication techniques.
− Motor vehicle laws, court etiquette, patient rights.
− Emergency procedures
− Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Lean methodologies.
− Basic physical assessment, application and monitoring of transportation safety devices.
− Operation of required equipment and vehicles, including: transport safety devices, regular and wheelchair vans, wheelchairs, radios, computer hardware, and other items which may be required by the job function.
− Patient de-escalation techniques and general safety practices.
− Demonstrate flexibility in scheduling, and in adapting to frequent changes in assignment to adapt to the changing needs of a diverse population.
− Adapt to changes in patient condition/compliance while in a public venue, and respond to such changes in a safe and appropriate fashion.
− Maintain vehicle records as required
− Complete appropriate documentation and record keeping both accurately and in a timely fashion.
− Respond appropriately to emergency situations.
− Interact professionally with outside medical providers, as well as law enforcement/courts when required.
− Learn additional skills, software, or hardware use which may be required to generate improvements in the performance of patient care & transport.
− Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.

Selective Preference(s):

The ideal candidate will have:
− At least one year of progressive responsibility in a transportation and/or safety setting, preferably in a mental health care facility or in hospital/institutional security, or law enforcement work experience. Any combination of training and experience that meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs).

Pre-Employment Requirements:

- A State hospital employee must possess a valid level one fingerprint clearance card issued pursuant to A.RS. 41-1758.07 or must apply for a level one clearance fingerprint clearance card within seven working days after beginning employment.

- Must possess a current, valid Arizona State driver's license

 

Benefits:

The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

Retirement:

To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will make a contribution to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27 week wait period for contributions to begin.

Contact Us:

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 220-6462. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.

ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)

All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.