Mental Health Technician
Job ID: R0021881 | Healthcare Specialists | Full time | Charlottesville, VA
Responsible for providing a variety of patient care duties and unit support functions under the supervision of a Medical Center professional on an inpatient psychiatric unit. Assists with the orientation and development of new Patient Care Assistants on an inpatient psychiatric unit.
  • Assists professional healthcare staff with patient procedures.

  • Provides for a safe environment and safe delivery of care.

  • Assumes responsibility for professional development of self and contributes to and assists with the professional development of others.

  • Performs unit support activities as needed and directed by manager or designee.


  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Position Compensation Range: $13.00 - $19.39 Hourly


Education: High School Graduate or Equivalent.
Experience: None required.
  • Completion of first semester of Nursing School or current active CNA certification through the Virginia Board of Nursing.
    • AAPT Certification as follows: Successful completion of Basic exam by end of probationary period (6 months). Failure to do so may result in performance management program and may result in termination of position. Waived if at time of hire there is documented proof of a minimum of 2 years of experience caring for patients in an inpatient psychiatric setting, a Community Service Board, or equivalent in a direct care position.
  • BLS certification required.

Job requires frequently bending/stooping/traveling. Proficient communicative, auditory and visual skills; Attention to detail and ability to write legibly; Ability to lift/push/pull 20 - 50lbs. May be exposed to chemicals, blood/body fluids and infectious disease

COVID Vaccination Requirement

Due to the scope of President Biden's Executive Order 14042 issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045 to reflect these new requirements.

If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption.

Note: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

Medical Center (Charlottesville, VA)
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Charlottesville, Virginia is one of the nation’s most charming and picturesque places to live and work. Our area boasts many excellent restaurants, wineries and craft breweries; historic sites; Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive; and a great selection of homes in welcoming neighborhoods, as well as urban and rural locations. Public transportation is excellent, and you’re just a short drive from the beach or Washington, D.C.