Mental health associates generally assist in identifying problems and positive strengths of patients in a medical setting. They work regularly with medical team members to assist in the continuation of development plans for treatment, and maintaining open communication between registered nurses and licensed health professionals is imperative for continuing patients' mental health plans.
Mental health associates may occasionally provide group and private interventions to meet patients' needs, and they are responsible for maintaining a safe and clean environment for in-patients and new arrivals. They may also be responsible for documenting accurate and appropriate clinical information in all patients' medical records.
Mental health associates must be able to work well in groups on a daily basis and maintain communication with other medical professionals, and time-management skills are also important in this position. A bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, or a related field is often required for this position, though some employers require only an associate’s degree, and mental health associates typically work in one location while some may occasionally need to travel to other locations.
Mental Health Associate Tasks
Assist mentally impaired patients with daily therapeutic and hygiene needs under direction of nursing and medical staff.
Participate in patient's treatment planning with other staff.
Organize, supervise and encourage patient participation in educational and recreational activities.
Make observations and document patient treatment interventions, behavior and progress.
Dispense medications as directed by physician.