Reports to: Project Director
Hours per week: 40
Current, valid California Psychiatric Technician License (LPT) or Licensed Vocational Nurse License (LVN) is required. An Associate’s Degree in mental health or related field in addition to LPT/LVN License is preferred. Must have at least two years of experience as a LPT/LVN working with seriously mentally ill population. Experience working with homeless mentally ill and/or dually diagnosed persons is preferred. Must be able to pass California State Department of Justice criminal background investigation, Live Scan and/or fingerprinting. Must have a Valid California Driver’s License and the availability of a car with required insurance.
Skills and Abilities
The LPT/LVN provides comprehensive medication services to patients of the CCBHC Team. The LPT/LVN work with and take direction from Nurse Practitioner in providing medication services to clients. Adheres to all required documentation requirements. Ability to relate to individuals who have severe impairments in their ability to function in the community. Ability to respond quickly, effectively and with equanimity to member crises and life situations. Basic computer skills and literacy are required to use the agency electronic health record. Staff must be able to logon, type, use a mouse and negotiate through various screens or windows to complete daily chart documentation. Ability to work as a team member and to work with other agencies, community resources and member’s families. Knowledge of psychotropic medications and their administration, including side effects.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Work as a team with member’s Health Navigator, Nurse Practitioner and other interagency staff to provide consistent services.
- Counsels member’s individually and in groups around their medications, side effects and compliance issues. Assist patients in developing independent medication management skills.
- Scheduling appointments and keeping track of no shows- filling available appointment slots with patients needing physician appointments.
- Ensure charts pulled and ready for daily appointments. Ensure Medi-Cal eligibility screens have been printed for each patient’s chart scheduled for appointment.
- Ensure correspondence from Physician is filed in patient’s file.
- Take vital signs and blood pressure of patients.
- Addressing lab needs of patients and requests from physician, and retrieving results when necessary.
- Handling new referral forms and coordination of scheduling appointments.
- Interface and address patient/caregiver phone calls regarding side effect/medication problems.
- Interface between Physician/Nurse Practitioner and pharmacy to assist with Treatment Authorization Requests (TAR) and insurance companies.
- Interface with the court regarding JV220 medication authorization forms for permission to medicate foster children.
- Interface with family and patient medication compliance.
- Responsible for administering J.M. medications as ordered by Nurse Practitioner
- Administer oral medications as ordered by psychiatrist. Make recommendations to psychiatrist regarding medication changes based on observation of member’s behavior and symptomology.
- Document all medications administered in compliance with agency policy. Dispose of all sharps in compliance with agency policy.
- Enter all medication