Behavioral Health Technician - $41K-54K per year Job at Virginia Dept of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, Williamsburg, VA

  • Virginia Dept of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services
  • Williamsburg, VA

Job Description

Virginia Dept of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services is seeking a Behavioral Health Technician for a job in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Job Description & Requirements

  • Specialty: Behavioral Health Technician
  • Discipline: Allied Health Professional
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Duration: Ongoing
  • 40 hours per week
  • Employment Type: Staff


State Role Title: 49053

Hiring Range: $40,625 - $53,836

Pay Band: 3

Agency: Dept Behavioral Health/Develop

Location:  Eastern State Hospital

Agency Website: Type: Agency Employee Only - A

Job Duties

This position is only available to current employees within the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS).

Multiple positions will be filled from this posting.

Eastern State Hospital, located in Williamsburg, Virginia, was founded in 1773, with a well-intentional emphasis on community focused mental health care. This state of the art campus, situated on 500 acres, consists of two patient care buildings with 300 patients, and a highly skilled staff of over 900. Eastern State Hospital is part of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) system, and is accredited by the Joint Commission.

Currently hiring for 12-hour shifts: D/E 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. or E/N 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 a.m.

The Lead on Unit Activity Program Direct Service Associate III is directly accountable to the LPN, RN I, RN II, RN MGR I, or Administrator on Duty (AOD) for the provision of direct care to patients with challenging mental health and behavioral issues in an assigned forensic unit, according to the philosophy and objectives of Eastern State Hospital Department of Nursing and the Hospital’s mission, goals and objectives.

This position supports the facility’s mission to provide support and Lead the On Unit Activity Program to individuals with challenging behavioral and mental health needs. This position will assist ESH professional staff in carrying out active treatment plans for patients with the most challenging mental health, behavioral issues and forensic populations. These positions provide specialized service to include unit activities in working with individuals with challenging forensic, mental health, and behavior issues in specific units that house individuals such as jail transfers.

Minimum Qualifications

• Experience working directly with individuals with challenging mental health and behavior issues in a public, residential, or psychiatric hospital required.

• Prior mental health, security or police experience required.

• Specialized training in the management of aggressive mental health behavior required.

• Valid driver’s license required.

Additional Considerations

• Experience providing forensic direct care preferred.

• QMHP Certification preferred.

Special Instructions

You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.

This position is considered essential personnel and would be required to work in the event of an emergency, pandemic, or facility need. All ESH positions may be required to work different shifts to include nights, weekends, and holidays, and/or overtime as requested, in the event of an emergency.

EASTERN STATE HOSPITAL only accepts online applications via PAGEUP. Resumes and other documents may accompany the application but will not serve as a substitute for an application. Faxed, e-mailed or mailed applications will not be accepted. Please refer to your PAGEUP account for the status of your application and this position. This posting will remain open for a minimum of five (5) business days.

EASTERN STATE HOSPITAL offers a comprehensive benefit package to include your choice of four health insurance plans, paid life insurance and retirement plans, 12 paid holidays, annual and sick leave.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact Human Resources at (HR Rep phone # ) for assistance. Minorities, Individuals with disabilities, Veterans, and people with National Service experience are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY.

EASTERN STATE HOSPITAL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment opportunities are open to all regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics or disability.

DBHDS is a healthcare organization and must comply with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (federal CMS) guidance on Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care staff Vaccination Regulation which requires vaccination of all employees or an exemption. A job offer of employment is contingent upon the candidate meeting these guidelines as a condition of employment.

Contact Information





In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their AHP Letter (formerly COD) provided by the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Service-Connected Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their AHP Letter. Requesting an AHP Letter can be found at AHP Letter or by calling DARS at .

Note : Applicants who received a Certificate of Disability from DARS or DBVI dated between April 1, 2022- February 29, 2024, can still use that COD as applicable documentation for the Alternative Hiring Process.

Virginia Dept of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services Job ID #5018807. Posted job title: Lead Psychiatric Technician

About Virginia Dept of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

supports individuals by promotion recovery, self-determination and wellness in

all aspects of life.

A life of Possibilities for All Virginians


  • Medical benefits
  • Retention bonus
  • Dental benefits
  • Vision benefits
  • Health Care FSA

Job Tags

Holiday work, Immediate start, Currently hiring, Shift work, Night shift,

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