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68X - Mental Health Specialist

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Basic Job Description

The Mental Health Specialist, an important member of the Army health care team, assists with the management and treatment of inpatient and outpatient mental health activities. The Mental Health Specialist is primarily responsible, under the supervision of an Army psychiatrist, social worker, psychiatric nurse or psychologist, for providing mental health treatment to patients.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Under close supervision, collects and records psychosocial and physical data, assists with care and treatment of psychiatric, drug and alcohol patients, and counsels clients/patients with personal, behavioral or psychological problems.

Collects and records psychosocial and physical data and assists with care and treatment of psychiatric, and drug and alcohol patients, and counsels clients/patients with personal, behavioral or psychological problems.

Training Information

Job training for a mental health specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 20 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in-patient care. Training length varies depending on specialty.

ASVAB Score Required: 101 in aptitude area ST

Security Clearance: None

Strength Requirement: moderately heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 111121

Other Requirements

  • None

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  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
  • Psychiatric Technicians
  • Social Workers
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorders Counselors

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