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Maricopa Integrated Health System Behavioral Health Technician in Mesa, Arizona

As a Valleywise Health Behavioral Health Technician, you will be part of a multidisciplinary team providing exceptional care to our patients. Our team includes nurses, Behavioral Health Technicians (BHT), mental health workers, Health Unit Coordinators (HUC), psychiatric and medical providers, social workers, chaplains, and recreational therapists, all working collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team that fosters a healthy, cooperative environment for patients and coworkers. As a BHT, you will be in a rewarding and fulfilling position, providing psychiatric services for children, adolescents, and adults of all ages.

We are looking for candidates passionate about helping those experiencing a personal crisis related to their serious mental illness. The successful candidate will receive a comprehensive formal didactic and practical orientation. Further education consists of but is not limited to, computer-based training in the safe use of the equipment and hospital-based procedures, including safety, fire safety, proper handling of hazardous materials, and natural disasters.

As a BHT, you will be able to develop and refine the skills needed for effective verbal and physical (CPI) de-escalation, excellent interpersonal communication skills, and handling multiple or complex tasks while working within an interdisciplinary team structure. You will assist patients in planning their day, beginning with orienting them to the schedule, assisting with Activities of Daily Living as needed, taking vital signs, and facilitating groups, which helps create a safe therapeutic environment. The BHT role is critical to patient safety, which includes observing patient behavior, frequent rounding, and documenting the Electronic Medical Record.

As a BHT Level I, you can advance through the clinical ladder as you gain experience and new skills. There are three levels for the BHT position, Level I, Level II, and Level III. Each level brings many opportunities, including salary increases, advancement of skills, and a chance to work closely with the administration to promote change.

Salary Range: $16.22 to $23.92 hourly



Must meet one of the following combinations of Education and Experience:

  • One (1) year of full-time experience as a Mental Health Worker in the Valleywise Health Department of Psychiatry of at least above average performance level; OR

  • Two (2) years of full-time behavioral health work experience; OR

  • Any associate degree and 15 months of full-time behavioral health work experience; OR

  • 18 credit hours of post-high school education in a field related to behavioral health and 18 months of full-time behavioral health work experience; OR

  • Any other bachelor’s degree and one (1) year of full-time behavioral health work experience; OR

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to Behavioral Health.

    ? Experience :

  • Acceptable behavioral health work experience includes providing direct services (counseling, monitoring, conducting recreational activities, transporting etc.) to individuals with a mental disorder, personality disorder or substance use problem gained in a behavioral health, medical, educational or correctional work environment.

  • Prefer a minimum of at least one to two (1-2) years of behavioral health experience as outlined above .

    Specialized Training:?

  • Behavioral Health Areas: Must have Crisis Prevention Intervention Training and if in adult emergency of position start date.

  • Adult ED: Must have Escaping Violent Encounters (EVE) training within three (3) months of position start date.


  • Requires BLS. A BLS card obtained through an approved American Heart Association (AHA) training center is preferred and will be required within 3 months.

  • In addition, the following additional certification(s) will be required based on department assigned:

  • Desert Vista – Unit 2 Adolescent: Must have a valid fingerprint clearance card issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety or submit completed application to the Arizona Department of Public Safety within seven days of hire date. Fingerprint clearance cards must remain valid for the entire period of issuance and must be renewed prior to expiration.

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Must demonstrate the skills and knowledge to provide behavioral health services to adults over the age of 65, individuals with substance abuse, individuals who are seriously mentally ill, individuals who have co-occurring disorder, and/or individuals who may be victims or perpetrators of domestic violence.

  • Requires basic computer word processing skills (e.g. formatting, editing, printing, composing email, internet searches, etc.) to be able to successfully navigate through an electronic medical record using a computer.

  • Requires the ability to read, write and speak effectively in English.

  • Pursuant to Arizona Administrative Code R9-10-306 CHAPTER 10 of the Dept. of Health Services, personnel must be at least 21 years of age, or at least 18 years of age and licensed or certified under A.R.S. Title 32, and providing services within the personnel member’s scope of practice.