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Senior Psychiatric Technician (Safety) - Program V, Metropolitan State Hospital

Company: State of California
Location: Norwalk
Posted on: June 5, 2024

Job Description:


Metropolitan State Hospital is located in the City of Norwalk.

Program V is seeking highly motivated individuals for the position of Senior Psychiatric Technician (Safety). Under the general supervision of the Unit Supervisor and/or Supervising Registered Nurse, incumbents administer care to forensic patients; assist in planning and evaluation of nursing care; provide a basic level of general behavioral and psychiatric nursing care and are expected to facilitate the rehabilitation of forensic clients and patients. Incumbents may also be responsible for directing the work of other employees during an eight-hour shift of an organized nursing unit and relieving the Unit Supervisor or Supervising Registered Nurse as required. Candidates must have excellent organization skills, ability to problem solve, and have good communication skills. Experience with computer systems is desired. Qualities sought are the ability to work well with others, have good medication skills and be committed to providing good leadership and direction.

Candidates must be willing to work in any Unit/Program and any shift to meet the needs of the facility.

Training Expectations:
If selected it is mandatory that you attend New Employee Orientation (NEO) in its entirety. NEO can be scheduled up to 30 days for level of care staff (clinical).

Eligibility Examinations:

To be considered for this Job Opportunity, applicants must have eligibility by way of: permanent civil service status, be reachable on an employment list, have transfer eligibility, or have reinstatement eligibility. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ELIGIBILITY, YOU MUST TAKE THE EXAM.


Minimum Qualifications:
Possession of a valid license to practice as a Psychiatric Technician issued by the BVNPTE. and One year of experience performing the duties of a Psychiatric Technician (Safety) or Psychiatric Technician in a California State hospital or developmental center.

***Click on the link to complete the Department of State Hospitals Recruitment Survey: DSH Recruitment Survey

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement .

Working Conditions

Face Coverings

While working on-site, employees must follow current face covering guidance as issued by CDPH.

The possibility and extent of telework opportunities is at the discretion of the department and manager for which the incumbent is working. Additional questions regarding telework may be directed to the hiring manager during the onsite interview.

Minimum Requirements You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

    • Job Application Package Checklist
    • Duty Statement
      Position Details Job Code #:

      Position #(s):

      Working Title:
      Senior Psychiatric Technician (Safety) - Program V, Metropolitan State Hospital

      SENIOR PSYCHIATRIC TECHNICIAN (SAFETY) $6,445.00 - $6,938.00 S
      $6,725.00 - $7,468.00 T
      $7,026.00 - $7,839.00 U

      # of Positions:

      Work Location:
      Los Angeles County

      In Office

      Job Type:
      Permanent, Full Time

      DSH - Metropolitan

      Department Information
      Opened in 1916, DSH-Metropolitan State Hospital is in the vibrant community of Norwalk,15 miles east of Los Angeles. To the south are entertainment venues like Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, the marinas and beaches of Huntington, Newport and Laguna. To the west are Palos Verdes and Marina Del Rey.

      DSH-Metropolitan State Hospital has an open campus within a security perimeter. The hospital operates approximately 826 beds. The commitment categories of patients treated at DSH-Metropolitan: Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act, Incompetent to Stand Trial (PC 1370), Offenders with Mental Health Disorders (Penal Code Section 2964/2972/2974), Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (PC 1026).

      Department Website:

      Department Website:

      Special Requirements
      • The position(s) require(s) a Drug Screening be passed prior to being hired.
      • The position(s) require(s) a Background Investigation be cleared prior to being hired.
      • The position(s) require(s) Medical Clearance prior to being hired.
      • The position(s) require(s) a(n) PT License License. You will be required to provide a copy of your license prior to being hired.
        Unless there is a specific request to be notified via USPS mail, our main contact will be via email. Email correspondence regarding this job posting will primarily come from It is the applicant's responsibility to check their email inbox, including junk/spam emails for any correspondence regarding their application status. In addition, applicants are encouraged to keep their CalCareers profile updated with a current telephone number, mailing address, and email.

        Employees applying for this position who wish to be considered on a transfer basis must meet the minimum qualifications and all transfer rules. You may also be required to provide additional documents, such as copies of your college transcripts during the screening process when applicable. Please provide proof of the highest paying class you were permanently appointed to from an eligible list.

        All Examination and/or Employment Application forms must include: "to" and "from" dates (month/day/year); time base; and civil service class titles. Examination and/or Employment Application forms received without this information will be rejected. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed Examination and/or Employment Application (STD. 678) form.

        Note : If you are applying for multiple positions, you must complete a STD 678 for each position separately. Incomplete applications or applications received with multiple positions listed on one application will not be considered .


        Applicants are responsible for obtaining proof of mailing or submission of their applications to MSH-Human Resources Department, Selection Services Unit. Confirmation/receipt of USPS mailed submittals can only be provided for by Certified Mail.

        Application Instructions
        Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.
        Final Filing Date: 5/30/2024
        Who May Apply
        Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

        Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

        How To Apply
        Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

        Address for Mailing Application Packages

        You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

        Department of State Hospitals
        Attn: Human Resources
        11401 South Bloomfield Ave

        Norwalk , CA 90650

        Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

        You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

        Department of State Hospitals
        Human Resources
        11401 South Bloomfield Ave

        Norwalk , CA 90650
        Offices are closed on weekends and holidays.
        07:30 AM - 04:30 PM

        Required Application Package Documents

        The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:
        • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
        • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

          Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

          Working for the State offers great opportunities, generous benefits, and career development. Benefits information may be obtained by going to

          In addition, you can look forward to:

          *Free parking

          *Convenient to public transportation

          *Located near multiple eateries and major freeway access

          Contact Information
          The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.
          Department Website:
          Human Resources Contact:
          Selection Services Unit
          (562) 521-1774

          Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.
          EEO Contact:
          EEO Coordinator
          (562) 521-1301

          California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

          Equal Opportunity Employer
          The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

          It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

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