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Psychiatric Aide (Swing, 32hrs/wk) - Adult Inpatient Unit 

About the Organization KMHS is Kitsap's nonprofit, designated community mental health provider for adults with acute and/or chronic serious mental illnesses, and children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. During 2016, KMHS provided services to more than 6,800 children and adults.

On WA's beautiful Kitsap Peninsula, offers easy access to both the pristine wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula and the big-city lights and culture of Seattle. We offer competitive salary, benefits & a positive work environment.

Inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment services offer evidence-based treatment, using trauma informed care to help people reach their recovery goals. We offer whole person care through mental health and substance use treatment and care management, close care coordination with on-campus and community-based primary care providers, and with partner PCHS, now offer dental care to KMHS clients and the community. Many community partners assure people receive behavioral health care in the right place, in the right way, at the right time. Together we are weaving a web that connects emergency room and hospitals, substance abuse treatment, and primary care providers; creates partnerships for early intervention at home and school, supports multiple law enforcement, jail, and justice endeavors, and works to ensure housing, food, and other social supports together with social service agencies and community collaborations.

The Kitsap Mental Health Services community fosters a culture of hope and empowerment through a safe, welcoming environment, compassionate relationships, and a commitment to respecting life experiences.

KMHS is a tobacco/smoke-free and scent-free facility  
Category Social Services  
Open Date 9/6/2018  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Swing  
Location Adult/Youth Inpatient Building  

Provide on-going assistance to clients in the Adult Inpatient Unit while maintaining a safe and therapeutic work environment. To take appropriate measures for assisting clients in meeting their daily basic needs for health and safety. To assist in meeting client treatment objectives as directed by the treatment team. To provide appropriate documentation as required by KMHS policies and procedures.


  • Take appropriate measures to meet client daily basic needs for health and safety including but not limited to the following tasks: a) prepare and serve meals, b) conduct safety checks of the AIU unit, c) monitor clients according to the assigned levels of observation, e) assist in maintaining a clean work environment, and g) other duties as assigned by a supervisor.
  • Complete all required electronic and paper charting, documentation and data entry of clients as outlined in the appropriate KMHS guidelines, manuals, policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate verbal de-escalation skills as outlined in MPAC and other agency mandated trainings. Demonstrate competency in the use of mechanical restraints.
  • Participate in clinical activities as directed by a supervisor including but not limited to: a) facilitate approved group activities, b) conduct ongoing observation and evaluation of client mental status during each shift, c) record client nutritional intake, sleep and vitals, d) follow specific behavioral protocols for clients as directed by a supervisor, and e) other clinical activities as directed by a supervisor.
  • Complete all paperwork involved in providing direct client care including but not limited to: a) paperwork relating to admission and discharge, b) confidentiality, c) client rights, d) client inventories, e) tracking sheets, and f) other forms as needed.
  • Attend all mandatory trainings on time and as scheduled, and check KMHS email at least once per shift.
  • Keep current on all required documentation (i.e., food handler's permit, counselor licenses, etc.).
  • In addition to the above, any other responsibilities assigned by the supervisor that are appropriate to the position and not specifically listed in the job description.
Position Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma or GED with six months relevant work experience, ability to gain licensure as an Agency Affiliated Counselor (or other applicable counselor profession) in Washington State, Food Handler card and a valid Washington State Driver License may be required prior to transporting clients. A bachelor’s degree in a counseling-related field is preferred.

Note: Gender (female or male as applicable) is a bona fide occupational qualification for the position of Psychiatric Aide at this time, under an opinion letter of the Executive Director of the Washington State Human Rights Commission.

PHYSICAL CONSIDERATIONS: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to stand, sit, use hands and fingers, reach with hands and arms, ascend and descend stairs, talk or listen and lift up to 50 pounds. Peripheral vision is also required for this position. A fair degree of flexibility and strength is required in this position due to the infrequent, yet essential, use of one’s body in the temporary physical restraint of some clients.

Salary DOE  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, creed, marital status, age, Vietnam era or disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability.

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