Resident Treatment Worker, Cherokee Mental Health Institute

State of Iowa

1251 W. Cedar Loop, Cherokee, IA 51012

Iowa Department of Human Services

State of Iowa – Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking a Resident Treatment Worker (RTW) to join the team at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute (CMHI). This is a full-time position with an available shift differential of $0.90 per hour for second shift and $1.00 per hour for third shift, and a strong opportunity for advancement, growth, and development.

Salary Range:   $36,254.40- $52,977.60 Annually

We have a great total compensation package, including:

  • Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System (IPERS)
  • Retirement Investors Club (RIC) (Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan)
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays (9 days/year)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance

For additional information on benefits click here 

The State of Iowa is an AA/EEO employer

Desired Qualifications:

No specific education or experience is required.

For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description 

Application Instructions:

For more information and to apply click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Bobzien -


A Resident Treatment Worker provides direct care to patients and routinely escorts patients to activities off the ward as needed for meals, medical appointments, recreation and other activities within the institution. Specialized duties may be assigned by the shift supervisor and other responsibilities covering a variety of practical tasks essential for operation of the unit in order to maintain an efficient, clean, and safe environment for patients and staff may be assigned as well.

An RTW performs essential safety functions including but not limited to being present on and observing the patient wards, monitoring the tone and milieu of each area to assist in maintaining a calm and therapeutic environment, identifying potential situations that need to be addressed, utilizing de- escalation techniques as needed, responding to and participating in emergency codes and conducting observation and/or security checks. The RTW is a role model for patients so should also exhibit respectable skills in language, behavior, attitude and personal interactions.

In addition, RTWs work with the Nursing/Staff Development Department to schedule and teach hospital-wide trainings including Professional Assault Crisis Training (Pro-Act) for new employees, annual recertification and quarterly reviews. RTW team members also provide instruction and feedback to staff based on their observation of Pro-Act techniques used in patient interactions.

Location: Cherokee, Iowa

Open: Monday April 24th

Close: Saturday June 24th 2023

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