Mental health technicians work with mentally, developmentally, or emotionally ill or impaired individuals. They work with other team members who may include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and therapists. They help people reach goals established in a therapeutic plan for their care. This involves working on goals in personal care, independent living, health care, and social, recreational and employment activities. Mental health technicians have close contact with patients, helping keep track of progress toward goals, barriers to reaching goals, and emergence of new goals.