Colorado State Health Care Technician I in Pueblo, Colorado

Health Care Technician I



Health Care Technician I


$2,913.00 - $4,111.00 Monthly


Pueblo, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IJD 00131 06/13/2018


8/15/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information


The Pueblo Regional Center (PRC) provides residential, medical and nursing care to adults with developmental disabilities. Many of the residents are dually diagnosed with mental health, behavioral and physical health needs. Residents at Pueblo Regional Center reside in a community environment consisting of several residential homes in Pueblo West, Colorado.

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the State of Colorado. Our professionals strive to support state government and the citizens of Colorado.

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans

  • Career advancement opportunities throughout the state system

  • Medical and Dental Health Plans

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short and Long-Term Disability coverage

  • Vacation and Sick Leave

  • 10 Paid Holidays per year

  • Employee discount program

Description of Job


Provide a safe, secure, therapeutic setting for comprehensive/holistic care of residents with both developmental disabilities and medical issues to include evaluation and treatment. This includes 24 hour nursing care for residents. The emphasis being on providing outstanding support and services while offering a wide range of treatment options. The focus of treatment is stabilization, increase knowledge base, increase knowledge of treatment options (i.e. medications), individual and group therapy, discharge planning, working with families, support systems for patients, and an understanding of developmental disabilities, health issues/medical issues. Residents with developmental disabilities, physical handicaps, and multiple medical diagnoses also have multiple needs in addition to mental health stabilization and are treated on this home. Residents are admitted for the purpose of evaluation, observation, and treatment. The unit goal is to return them to their optimal level of functioning and assist them in returning to the community as appropriate. All individuals are empowered to choose in what manner they will participate in the life of the community.


Position will provide quality health care, personal hygiene maintenance, and an active learning atmosphere in a safe and healthy environment for individuals with developmental disabilities. Emphasis is placed on encouraging individual choice.

  • Position will act as a coach to the individual in their care using the person-centered model of treatment.

  • Position will follow all guidelines prescribed by the policies and procedures of Pueblo Regional Center.

  • Position will follow all individual Support Plans, Individual Behavior Support Plans, Nursing Care Plans, and Dietary Guidelines.

  • Position will assist individuals in their Activities of Daily Living (ADL's) and community involvement.

  • Position will ensure individual rights of privacy, dignity, respect, and freedom from coercion and restraint.

  • Position is responsible for administering nursing care and positive support (when necessary, intervene in both behavioral and medical crisis situations).

  • Position will serve as a resource to the registered nurse, advising and alerting them as necessary to any behavior or medical need.

  • Under the direction of the supervisor, this position monitors and facilitates the safe milieu.

  • Position serves a resource and teaches the client care aide milieu management/safety basics.

  • Position will provide services/treatments per licensure requirements and governing bodies (e.g. medication administration).

  • Position will follow nursing standard of care - Colorado Psychiatric Technician Practice Act/Licensed Practical Nurse Practice Act/Nursing Process.

  • Position collects and documents and informs RN of resident condition and response to treatment.

  • Position will complete medication variances when necessary and follow and maintain infection control standards and regulations.

  • Position will implement/follow-up and ensure medical appointments are attended/completed.

  • Position will input data entry, complete incident reports, and communicate via Google utilizing computer (i.e. Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, e-mail).

  • Position will utilize therapeutic interventions to manage crisis situations and management of assaultive and disruptive behaviors.

  • Position utilizes proper MANDT procedures following Pueblo Regional Center's policy and procedures.

  • Position will follow all standards of care as spelled out in the Pueblo Regional Center's policy and procedures.

  • Position will exchange information with staff in the home, other departments, programs, disciplines, etc.

  • Position will provide resident care per Individual Support Plans, Individual Behavior Plans and Nursing Care plans as written.

  • Position will report abuse allegations immediately to the Emergency On Call Personnel and Quality Assurance.

  • Position will counsel and educate individuals on medications per RN direction and on behavior and medical care needs during group or one on one therapy per RC directions.

  • Position will ensure assigned duties are complete and verified.

  • Position will collaborate with all investigations and other authorities as needed.

  • Position will be available to cover any home/shift in the organization and can be transferred to any home/shift in the organization.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED; AND

  • Must currently possess and maintain, in good standing, a license as a Licensed Psychiatric Technician with the Developmentally Disabled option (LPT-DD) through the Colorado State Board of Nursing.


  • A Licensed Psychiatric Technician with the Mentally Ill option (LPT-MI) or Licensed Practical Nurse license (LPN) may substitute for the LPT-DD license; however, the LPT-DD must be earned within one year from the date of hire.


Prefer those applicants demonstrating:

  • Previous experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities.

  • Previous experience interpreting physician's orders.

  • Computer proficiency, i.e., E-mail, data entry, Microsoft products.

  • Versed in "Best Practice" psychiatric technician skills.

  • Experience following and documenting individual support plans.

  • A good work history.


Competencies desired are:

  • Adaptability

  • Attention to detail

  • Dependability and responsibility for attendance.

  • Planning, organizing and team work with a positive attitude.

  • Experience with conflict resolution and experience in dealing with challenging situations, following procedures and the chain of command.

  • Building healthy relationships without violating appropriate interpersonal boundaries.

  • Initiative in performance of assigned tasks.


Applicants must meet the following conditions of employment:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid and unrestricted driver's license.

  • Must successfully pass a Colorado State background check.

  • Must submit to and successfully complete a pre-employment drug screening.

  • Must submit to and successfully complete a post-employment TB test.

EXAM PLAN: Upon meeting the qualifications for this position, the next step in the process will consist of a non-numeric comparative analysis based on the information submitted in your application and attachments.

Appeal Rights:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the impairment which justifies the accommodation. Because it requires several days for CDHS to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the assessment date. Failure to provide the medical documentation three days in advance of a comparative analysis could make it impossible for CDHS to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation. To request a reasonable accommodation for this assessment, please contact Bridget Clawson Braaten at 303-866-4373 or or the contact listed on this announcement three days before the assessment date.

Supplemental Information


The selection process will consist of a review of applications against the minimum, special, and preferred qualifications of this position. Applications will be reviewed in comparison to all others in the applicant pool in order to identify a top group of up to six candidates who may be invited for a final interview. Applicants will be notified of their status via e-mail.

Please be aware the application review is based solely upon the information provided in your application packet, including the Work Experience and Supplemental Questions sections of your application. It is imperative that you provide extensive detail in these sections of your application. You should specifically address how, and in what capacity, your work experience satisfies the minimum requirements or allowable substitution requirements, preferred qualifications, and special qualifications of this position.

Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.