Behavioral Wellness Psychiatric Technician I/II

US Government, Behavioral Wellness

If you applied to this position before 5:00 pm on Friday, December 16, 2022 your application is still under consideration for the position and you do not need to re-apply.


Psychiatric Technician I: $60,073.57 – $71,826.15  Annually
Psychiatric Technician II:$66,547.82 – $79,723.81 Annually
Bilingual allowance when applicable
 Special Duty Assignment allowance when regularly assigned to a Psychiatric Health Facility and Crisis Stabilization Unit.

We are accepting applications to fill five (5) vacancies in the County of Santa Barbara. The current vacancy is for the Behavioral Wellness Department. 
We are also accepting applications to establish one employment list to fill full-time, part-time and Extra Help vacancies at All Locations for the Behavioral Wellness Department. 
 Separate lists for different locations will not be established. Therefore, you must check “All Locations” on the application and must be willing to accept an assignment at any location. The selected candidate may need to travel between different sites within Santa Barbara County. The operational area may include: Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Goleta, Lompoc, Los Olivos, Santa Mara, and Santa Ynez.
Founded in 1962, it is the mission of the Department of Behavioral Wellness to promote the prevention of and recovery from addiction and mental illness among individuals, families and communities, by providing effective leadership and delivering state-of-the-art, culturally competent services. The Department provides treatment, rehabilitation, and support services to 10,000 clients with mental illness and substance use disorders annually through its professional staff of over 400, in addition to its many contracted Community-Based Organization (CBO) providers. The Department’s decisions and service delivery are guided by the following values:

  • Quality services for persons of all ages with mental illness and/or substance abuse
  • Integrity in individual and organizational actions
  • Dignity, respect, and compassion for all persons
  • Active involvement of clients and families in treatment, recovery, and policy development
  • Diversity throughout our organization and cultural competency in service delivery
  • A system of care and recovery that is clearly defined and promotes recovery and resiliency
  • Emphasis on prevention and treatment
  • Teamwork among department employees in an atmosphere that is respectful and creative
  • Continuous quality improvement in service delivery and administration
  • Wellness modeled for our clients at all levels; i.e., staff who regularly arrive at the workplace healthy, energetic and resilient
  • Safety for everyone

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THE POSITION: The candidate selected for this position will, under direction, provide nursing care to mentally ill and emotionally disturbed patients; participates in an overall psychiatric treatment program; and performs related duties as required. Candidates may be assigned to in-patient health facilities or out-patient clinics.
The candidate will assist physicians, clients and colleagues in a variety of settings; inpatient at the PHF, outpatient in the CSU, core clinics, in the field with ACT and triage teams, and in other special settings, these key team members provide services to adults and children. Assist clients to understand doctors’ orders, to be aware of effects associated with medications prescribed, and in obtaining the medications prescribed by transmitting prescriptions to the client’s pharmacy. At times, the Psychiatric Technician will administer injections as ordered by the Physician. Assist in obtaining vital signs for the doctor’s information, support the client in obtaining lab tests as ordered, and many other functions. As team members, they are key players in an effort to maximize client compliance with prescribed medication, and are the main conduit of information between consumers and their physicians between appointments.
Candidates may be appointed at the I or II level, depending on the candidate’s qualifications and the needs of the department.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Incumbents in these classes work within a system of interdisciplinary departmental teams and/or contract service agencies providing assessment, prevention, intervention, treatment, and related ancillary support services via an integrated service delivery system to people with alcohol and other drug-related problems, mental illness, forensic facilities and/or co-occurring conditions.
Program Options: Candidates may select and/or be assigned to one of the programs with vacancies per the needs of the department. Program details will be available in the Supplemental Questionnaire section of the application.
 The Ideal Candidate will:         

  • Have experience in a psychiatric facility or community mental health program. 
  • Experience working with severely mentally ill clients, providing therapeutic support.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication.
  • Experience in forensic facilities 
  • Work with clients diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.
  • Works well as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Be flexible and have good time management.
  • Have excellent conflict resolution skills. 
  • Experience working with electronic health records.
  • Have the ability to read, write, converse fluently in English (Spanish desirable for some positions but not required).
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