Posting: Harbor Oaks Hospital - Behavioral Health Associate IV

February 27, 2020


Job description

Employee Name: _____________________________

ALTERNATE TITLE:   BHA                                                                   DEPARTMENT:      Nursing

JOB CODE:                  BHA4F                                                               REPORTS TO:         Director of Nursing                                                

POSITION TYPE:        Direct Care                                                      FLSA STATUS:        Non-Exempt             


Care for patient, following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners.  Patient safety is a top priority.


Assist patient with their daily living activities and administer basic health care or treatments.

Participate in therapeutic or recreational group activities with patient.

Help with admitting and discharging patient.

Monitor physical and emotional well-being of patient and report unusual behavior or physical ailments to appropriate staff. Prepare and maintain records of progress and services performed.

Observe and influence the behavior of the patient by communicating, interacting, teaching and guiding them.

Encourage patient to participate in social, recreational or other therapeutic activities that enhance interpersonal skills or develop social relationships. Teach strategies to promote client wellness and independence.

Lead or co-lead individual or group sessions as part of specific recreational or therapeutic procedures.

Collaborate with other staff in working with the population of the facility to treat, rehabilitate and return patient to the community.

Prepare treatment or recreation areas, including setting up therapy equipment and transporting patients/helping them move to or from a therapy area. Clean activity or treatment areas and equipment.

Coordinate the work and activities of others. Schedule programs and activities.

Provide guidance and direction to other staff members, including training of new staff, or otherwise assisting in the day-to-day operations.

Perform day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.

Provide transportation for patient as needed. May include driving of facility motor vehicle or coordinating transportation with appropriate staff member.

Comply with organizational policies, procedures, performance improvement initiatives and maintain organizational and industry policies regarding confidentiality.


Perform other functions and tasks as assigned.


Associate's degree in human service field, or Bachelor's degree in the human service field from an accredited college or university required. Two or more years’ experience in human services field with either HS/equivalent education; or one year experience in human services field with Bachelor's degree.


First Aid, CPR, de-escalation and restraint certification required (training available upon hire and offered by facility).  May require a valid state driver's license for some facilities.



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While this job description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the requirements of the job, management reserves the right to add or remove duties from particular jobs when circumstances
(e.g. emergencies, changes in workload, rush jobs or technological developments) dictate.




The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position.  Additional duties and responsibilities may be required of the job holder based upon business needs and at the request of Facility.




I have received a copy of the job description for the position I am being offered / for my current position:

Job Title:                Behavioral Health Associate IV                 Department:      Nursing

Approved Date:   5/1/2018                                                           Revised Date:     5/1/2018

I have read this job description (or had it read to me) and I completely understand all my job duties and responsibilities. I am able to perform the essential functions as outlined with or without reasonable accommodation.  I understand that my job may change on a temporary or regular basis according to the needs of my department without it being specifically included in the job description. If I have any questions about job duties not specified on this description that I am asked to perform, I should discuss them with my immediate supervisor or the HR department.

I further understand that future performance evaluations and merit increases to my pay are based on my ability to perform the duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description to the satisfaction of my immediate supervisor. I understand that I am an employee at will and this job description and my acknowledgement of it does not constitute an employment contract. 

I have discussed any questions I may have had about this job description prior to signing this form.


Employee Name

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Employee Signature                                                                                       Date Signe

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