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Mental Health Technician more...
Location:Norfolk, VA
Company:Universal Health Services, Inc.
First posted:August 28, 2020 (last updated 30+ days ago)


One of the nation’s largest and most respected hospital companies, Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) has built an impressive record of achievement and performance. Steadily growing from a startup to an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, UHS today has an annual revenue nearing $10 billion. In 2017, UHS was recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune; ranked #276 on the Fortune 500, and listed #275 in Forbes inaugural ranking of America’s Top 500 Public Companies.


Our operating philosophy is as effective today as it was 40 years ago: Build or acquire high quality hospitals in rapidly growing markets, invest in the people and equipment needed to allow each facility to thrive, and become the leading healthcare provider in each community we serve.


Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has more than 90,000 employees, and through its subsidiaries, operates more than 400 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, and ambulatory centers in the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin islands, and the United Kingdom.


Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health invites applications for the position of Mental Health Technician (MHT). Located in Norfolk Virginia, Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health is a leading community partner providing acute, residential, and Partial Hospitalization treatment for children and teens exhibiting behavioral and/or mental health concerns. The hospital is dedicated to providing high quality care to children, adolescents and their families. We provide quality care to children and adolescents in need, using quality, evidence based practice treatments. Founded in 1986, Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health is an 82-bed hospital facility accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), and licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS).


Reporting to the Program Director, the MHT is the first level of care, in a series of levels of care, in serving as a role model for patients/residents to observe and learn socially effective values, attitudes, and behaviors. The MHT ensures the environment remains safe, and normative culture remains positive throughout the facility. Candidates are encouraged to submit the credentials as early as possible as the expected start date is August 30, 2020.


Start date: August 30, 2020

Shift: Various

Status: Full-Time



Additional duties and responsibilities include:

  1. Actively participates as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team to establish, evaluate, update, and revise comprehensive treatment plans for assigned patients/residents.
  2. Implements programs to help patients/residents learn and demonstrate acceptable behaviors.
  3. Supervises and assists patients/residents in the attainment of treatment goals.
  4. Fosters effective communication in the milieu consistent with therapeutic goals; fosters effective communication with staff members, and champions dialogue in addressing concerns.
  5. Serves as a role model for patients/residents to observe and learn socially effective values, attitudes and behaviors; demonstrates Service Excellence.
  6. Interprets facility and departmental policies and works cohesively with department in the attainment of organizational objectives.
  7. Orients new patients/residents to the complex to ensure patients receive a warm welcome; and understand program expectation.
  8. Ensures scheduled activities are followed; engages in problem solving.
  9. Facilitates and documents community meetings and unit groups as appropriate; escorts patients to areas within the facility, and redirects inappropriate behavior.
  10. Completes routine and special precaution rounds in a staggered fashion; initiates corrective action as appropriate; documents and ensures all written entries meets organizational standards.
  11. Actively provides a safe and therapeutic milieu, crisis intervention and assistance with activities of daily living in a therapeutic environment.
  12. Recevies supervision from Lead MHT, Registered Nurse, Director of Nursing and other behavioral healthcare professionals.



  1. A minimum of six months of experience working with children. Candidates with a high school diploma/GED and no experience working with children unsupervised, may be employed, as long as they receive direct supervision from a seasoned professional (as defined by the hospital) for a minimum of 6 months.
  2. Direct patient care experience, CNA licensure, or previous acute/behavioral health related experience preferred.
  3. Demonstrated ability to read and follow verbal and written instructions, with limited supervision.
  4. Knowledge of general therapeutic relationships and processes, age specific growth and development, limit setting crisis and behavior management strongly preferred.
  5. Must successfully complete pre-service training, to include Verbal De-Escalation; Handle With Care; CPR training.
  6. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  7. Skill in the use of computer systems and software applications, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel).
  8. Must be able to handle multiple competing task, with minimum supervision, and take initiative on matters of revolving urgency.
  9. QMHP–C certification desired, but not required.



UHS Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health offers a comprehensive benefits package including:


  1. Competitive salary
  2. Excellent benefits program – Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, Short & Long Term disability,
  3. UHS Retirement Savings Plan
  4. Stock Purchas Plan
  5. Generous paid time off (PTO) plan
  6. The opportunity to work with an exceptional team!!

UHS is a registered trademark of UHS of Delaware, Inc., the management company for Universal Health Services, Inc. and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. Universal Health Services, Inc. is a holding company and operates through its subsidiaries including its management company, UHS of Delaware, Inc. All healthcare and management operations are conducted by subsidiaries of Universal Health Services, Inc. To the extent any reference to "UHS or UHS facilities" on this website including any statements, articles or other publications contained herein relates to our healthcare or management operations it is referring to Universal Health Services' subsidiaries including UHS of Delaware. Further, the terms "we," "us," "our" or "the company" in such context similarly refer to the operations of Universal Health Services' subsidiaries including UHS of Delaware. Any employment referenced in this website is not with Universal Health Services, Inc. but solely with one of its subsidiaries including but not limited to UHS of Delaware, Inc.

UHS is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at UHS via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of UHS. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by UHS as a result of the referral or through other means.

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