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Psychiatric Technician II Positive Steps

Alcohol & Drug Treatment Programs | Downey, CA | Full Time

Job Description

 About Us:


Southern California Alcohol and Drug Programs, Inc. (SCADP) was established in 1972 in a grassroots effort by community volunteers seeking alternatives for individuals with substance use disorder (SUD). SCADP is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization providing residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment.


Southern California Alcohol & Drug Programs provide Residential and Outpatient Treatment for adults age 18 and over with a substance-use disorder. Our services engage in an evidence-based trauma-informed care model of utilizing cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing. Program emphasis includes instruction on developing coping and life skills allowing each individual to maintain a healthy, productive lifestyle and overcome the stress and barriers to successful daily living. We provide wrap-around services including assessments, individualized treatment planning, group and individual therapy, group and individual counseling, case management and linkage to community resources. All potential beneficiaries must have or qualify for Medi-Cal or My Health LA health coverage and reside in Los Angeles County. Our program services are provided in a multicultural setting with individuals of diverse ethnicities and lifestyles.

Positive Steps is a 47 bed facility serving the male population for substance abuse treatment in a residential setting for 30 to 120 days.


The Psychiatric Technician II (AOD Registered or Certified) utilizes technical expertise and manual skills to provide care and training for clients with mental disorders, developmental disabilities, and physical ailments or handicaps.  Duties include watching and reporting client behavior, monitoring medication, vital signs, and helping with basic needs – such as assists with personal hygiene development.  The Psychiatric Technician II (AOD Registered or Certified) participates in group counseling sessions and crisis management, and is in good standing pursuing the education and supervised hours required to achieve or maintain AOD certification.   Meets annual renewal requirements and submits annual renewal of Registration until Certification is earned or Certification every two years. The Psych Tech II (AOD Registered) will provide basic assistance while monitoring social distancing and health condition of participants.  


  • In coordination with the SUD treatment team (therapist, counselor and case manager), establish the basic needs of the participants; Completes initial health questionnaire forms for new participants.  
  • Performs observation of self-administration of medications, monitoring for adverse effects, needed refills and/or medical evaluations/interventions
  • Provide assistance, interacting in a positive manner, utilizing techniques necessary in teaching clients daily self care.
    • Assist in daily self-care activities, including training on personal hygiene
    • Monitor social distancing effort, condition of client
    • Address behavioral problems
    • Contact Program staff immediately if a difficult situation arises
  • Leads prescribed individual or group sessions as part of health and wellness education.
  • Be knowledgeable of local emergency responders, be ready and able to seek immediate emergency support (Fire, Ambulance, Police).
  • Communicate frequently with treatment team regarding needs of participants; report status of participants on regular basis, updating with any change in needs.
  • AOD Counseling
    • Under guidance and supervision of the medical director, Psychiatric Technician II (AOD Registered) learns alcohol and drug counseling functions including screening, assessment, and intake; collects specimen from clients for drug and alcohol screening in accord with organization Policy and Procedures.
    • Collaborates with treatment team to assist with treatment and other plans; assists in required intervention; participates in group and educational sessions.
    • Completes discharge and transition plans and completes required Electronic Health Records (EHR).



  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications


  • High School diploma or GED
  • Licensure as a Psychiatric Technician in California by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
  • Registered/ Certified and in good standing in an Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification program by an approved accrediting organization (CCAPP, CADTP or CADEE)

  • Completed statutory AOD coursework requirements


  • One year providing hands-on care to people with varying degrees of mental illnesses and/or developmental disabilities as a paid worker or volunteer, post – licensure by the BVNPT


  • Basic Microsoft operating system skills: Outlook, Office, Word, Excel.


  • Able to follow verbal and written instruction regarding care of individuals
  • Able to perform basic assistance to allieve minor illness
  • Able to maintain pleasant demeanor with participants
  • Demonstrate concern and respect for participants
  • Be alert and ensure safety of staff and participants
  • Ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, including dealing with un-cooperative clients
  • Ability to effectively communicate with homeless population and program staff while demonstrating a high degree of diplomacy and tact
  • Must be able to work flexible schedule (evenings and weekends required)
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards.


  • Compassionate, caring individual capable of providing one-on-one daily care, including in times of stress; comfortable with addressing and correcting inappropriate behavior; able to de-escalate conflict


  • AA or higher degree in related field
  • Completed modules 1 and 2 of ASAM

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.