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  • 511190
  • Full-time


The Arizona Department of Health Services promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona. We strive to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership. ADHS promotes alternative work schedules, flexible hours. We have positions that can fit any stage in your career, from entry to senior level. 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.


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.

What's it like working as a Behavioral Health Technician at the Arizona State Hospital?
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Bi-PG6dI_Vk

This Behavioral Health Technician 2 will work under the direction and general supervision of a registered nurse while assisting patients according to individual treatment plans and unit policy. This role ensures a therapeutic team approach in the care and treatment of psychiatric patients, and serves as a liaison between nursing and clinical services in carrying out prescribed patient treatment plans. The individual in this role will provide assistance as requested while maintaining unit security along with conducting searches of patients and/or units for contraband. This role will account for objects on the unit which could present a danger to patient and others on unit. The BHT 2 will maintain secured areas and will also utilize NVCI techniques, physically restrains aggressive and/or violent patients.

The individual in this role will contribute as an active member of interdisciplinary team and will confer with staff of the various disciplines of ongoing treatment of patients. This role discusses the concerns expressed by patients by listening, offers suggestions, and helping patients with perception, self-realization and orientation, in accordance with programs goals, objectives and treatment plan goals.

This role offers rotating schedules to include any day of the week to meet the needs of the hospital and its patients. This position offers weekend differential, and shift differential, and has guaranteed shifts.

Job Duties:

− Leading, organizing and participating in therapeutic activities, exercise, and recreation

− Supervising patient activities of daily living, social skills and money management

− Communicating with patients in various situations, small groups, activity groups and as directed by supervisor

− Observing, reporting, and documenting patient psychiatric and medical problems

− Charting on new admissions, patients who are on special observation, unusual incidents

− Charting vital signs and implements assigned treatment plan interventions under general supervision and reports all unusual incidents as required

− Maintaining a safe work and patient environment, maintains an environment that supports patient rights, and provides safe transportation to and from off-unit assignments

− Serving as group leader in psychiatric emergencies such as seclusions, management of aggressive patients, code arrests, etc. in the absence of Lead Tech or Psychiatric Nurse

− Promoting quality service within a compassionate environment by treating patients, staff and coworkers with respect and dignity

− Orients new BHT staff as well as float staff to the unit

− Attending shift report, unit and committee meetings, mandatory education and training requirements

− Coordinating with supervisor to complete required clinical oversight, per policy actions, if necessary

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

− Knowledge of therapeutic techniques used to treat psychiatric patients, common mental

− Knowledge of therapeutic techniques used to treat psychiatric patients, common mental illnesses and symptoms; civil and legal rights; methods, procedures, and techniques used in developing individual treatment plans; body mechanics to be used in restraint; and visible side effects of prescribed medications

− Skills in applying patient behavior modification and motivational techniques; recognizing patient disorientation, aggressiveness and combative behavior; teaching activities of daily living, i.e., personal hygiene, social skills, communication skills, coping skills, and community resources as part of discharge planning; paraprofessional nursing care as directed; providing therapeutic interactions and activities; and use of approved NVCI techniques, including using the least restrictive interventions appropriate for the situation

− Ability to identify and report patient behavioral changes and all abnormal findings to the psychiatric nurse or provider; respond to medical and psychiatric emergencies; understand and follow detailed verbal and written instructions; assist with organizing and participate in therapeutic groups and recreational and social activities; document progress notes and incident reports; promote quality service within a compassionate environment by treating patients, staff, and coworkers with respect and dignity; and maintain an environment that supports patient rights

− Supporting a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of ADHS, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination

Selective Preference(s):

− Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university in psychology, social work, counseling with an emphasis in clinical work, and three years of experience in the care and treatment of the mentally ill, developmentally disabled or physically ill and/or incapacitated

Pre-Employment Requirements:

− A State Hospital employee must be able to obtain a valid Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1758.07.

− Driving is required for State Business.

− Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).


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


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) 542-1085. 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.


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.