Mental Health Associate (MHA) provides direct care and supervision for assigned patients.
The MHA assures patients are safe, learn and practice appropriate hygiene, self-help skills, and are aware of rules and expectations.
The MHA is a role model for patients, demonstrating effective problem solving and decision-making skills.
The MHA assists with recreational and therapeutic activities, transports patients to and from medical appointments, assures that patient’s participate in scheduled treatment programming, and provides assistance in school.
The MHA performs his/her duties under the direct supervision of the nurse on duty.
Skills: Must possess effective written and verbal communication skills and ability to work under stress. Must exhibit professional conduct, honor boundaries, be able to set limits and maintain patient confidentiality.
Essential physical Requirements:
Must be able to meet physical demands of lifting and
Moving up to 50 pounds, walking and standing for long periods, running for short periods.
Must be able to perform required CPI techniques of bending at the waist and knees, twisting at the waist, getting up and down from the floor to safely contain/restrain an aggressive patient.
High school graduate or equivalent required; college preferred.
Experience working with children and/or adolescents is preferred.
Education: High School