Entry Level Position
POSITION: Mental Health Observer
SCHEDULE: Full Time, Night Shift 11pm - 7am
FACILITY: Bibb Correctional
LOCATION: Brent, AL
An Observer serves as an assistant to mental health service
providers and persons with mental health problems. The employee is
expected to provide supervision levels and maintains programming
and activity operations in accordance with established clinical and
A. Ensures that suicide watch and observation protocols and
program activities are carried out in accordance with applicable
licensure, certification and accreditation standards.
B. Provides services and activities for clients in accordance
with program requirements and individual treatment plans. Such
services and activities may include: serve as primary suicide watch
provider for assigned clients and participate in the development of
observation and treatment plans.
C. Follows instructions for activities as planned.
D. Documents and reports all pertinent information related to
the suicide status of the inmate patient.
E. Works with custody staff to ensure suicide blankets,
mattresses, and smocks are utilized as directed in the suicide
F. Encourages and monitors nutrition and hydration of the inmate
patient including suicide packaged meals. Documents and reports
G. Maintains and organizes suicide watch therapeutic activity
H. Monitors client behavior, and foster socially acceptable
I. Provides recreation and socialization opportunities as
directed and available.
J. Immediately notifies custody staff and/or approved clinical
staff if there is a need to leave the observation post to ensure
coverage as indicated in the suicide watch plan.
K. Provides documentation in accordance with policies and
L. Participates in mandatory as well as elective educational
M. Attends staff meetings and follows all team/unit
N. Adheres to universal precautions and other appropriate
infection control practices.
O. Adheres to safety and security policies, and participates in
P. Follows security regulations and policies, with consideration
of clinical factors.
The duties and responsibilities outlined herein are for payroll
purposes only; employees may be assigned other duties as
Experience: Experience working in administration or behavioral
health services strongly preferred.
Education: High school graduate required.