Behavioral Health Assistant

Behavioral Health Assistant

Legacy Health | Portland, OR, 97209, US
Job Type: Full TimeCompensation$20 – $27 per hour

Posted 25 days ago

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Behavioral Health Assistant


Job ID: 22-28754
Type: Part Time - Benefitted


We continue our commitment to raise the bar on the quality of behavioral health care provided to those in our community who suffer from mental illness. Finding the best people to join our team is crucial in meeting our goals. If you thrive in a team environment and you want to contribute to the safe and efficient flow of patients, join us as we build an integrated, qualified team dedicated to behavioral health.

In collaboration with the multidisciplinary treatment team, we’ll rely on you for coordination, implementation and milieu observation of various tasks and procedures in keeping with the general treatment mode of the program in which employed. Your exemplary work will reflect the values of teamwork, respect and compassion, effective use of resources, and initiative that are inherent to the Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) department.


PATIENT CARE: As delegated by and under the direct supervision of an RN, provides care to patients and families in the Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) department.

Administers prescribed nursing interventions as directed by RN.

Collects patient data as directed by RN.

Obtains vital signs as directed by RN.

Assists with the transportation of patients.

As needed, assists with the activities of daily living (ADLs); such as toileting, physical transfers, daily hygiene, and assisting nursing staff of cleaning up of bodily fluids.

Provides comfort measures, e.g. positioning, extra blankets/pillows.

Provides for safety through use of low bed position, side rails, restraints as ordered, adequate lighting, slippers, identification of hazards, assisted ambulation.

Applies principles of body mechanics when positioning, transferring, and ambulating patients.

Under the direction of RN, may assist with chest compressions during CPR. May assist with application of EKG electrode placement, pulse oximetry placement, etc., as directed by RN.

Performs point of care lab testing and quality controls as needed.

Performs phlebotomy lab specimen collection as needed.

Assists with the discharge of patients which may include reinforcement of discharge teaching done by RN.

COMMUNICATION: Uses appropriate communication skills in dealing with patients, visitors, EMS personnel and hospital personnel.

Communicates pertinent information regarding patients to appropriate RN.

Seeks assistance in understanding patient behavior.

Accurately documents patient belonging list using appropriate forms and standards.

Establishes rapport with patients, families, visitors, and other hospital personnel.

Gives directions to patients, families, and visitors in a courteous and clear manner.

Identifies administrative lines and reports pertinent information to the appropriate individual(s).

MILIEU OBSERVATION: Promotes therapeutic environment in department.

Follows appropriate de-escalation protocol based on training received on recognizing and reacting to potentially aggressive behavior.

Provides observation of patient behavior in order to provide a safer environment for the patient.

Alerts RN to potential escalation of behavior.

Provides for patient safety by recognizing subtle changes and initiating appropriate de-escalation standard practices.

Uses therapeutic communication skills when interacting with patients and families.


Assures appropriate documentation in patient record for significant behavioral observations/interactions related to successful progress in treatment.

Informs staff of missing and/or needed documentation in patient record.


Active participant in Code Grey procedures.

Is an active team member providing and supporting patient care.

Attends and participates in unit meetings.

Provides break and meeting coverage for the unit as scheduled.

Uses effective communication skills with team. Maintains productive relationships with co-workers at various sites and in the profession, keeping current with community resources.

Assists with clerical functions as needed.



High school diploma or equivalent. Training or coursework in behavioral health field preferred.


One year clinical experience in a behavioral health setting; two years preferred. Acute care experience preferred.


Able to work in a fast-paced environment with ability to prioritize multiple assignments.

Strong interpersonal, organizational and problem-solving skills.

Keyboard skills and ability to navigate electronic systems applicable to job functions.


Follows guidelines set forth in Legacy’s Values in Action.