Review Vacancy

Date Posted: 11/17/17
Applications Due: 02/08/18
Vacancy ID: 45401

Position Information

AgencyMental Health, Office of

TitleCommunity Mental Health Nurse, Capital District Psychiatric Center – Schenectady County Support Center, P17644

Occupational CategoryHealth Care, Human/Social Services

Salary Grade19

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $58501 to $74301 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%


Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 40


From 6 AM

To 6:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No


County Schenectady

Street Address Capital District Psychiatric Center – Schenectady County Support Center

738 State Street

City Schenectady


Zip Code12307

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications Open Competitive:
Candidates must be reachable for appointment on the current Civil Service eligible list for the title.


Transfer Opportunity: Have one year of permanent service as a Community Mental Health Nurse and eligible for transfer; or in a comparable title and eligible to transfer via Section 70.1 or 70.4 of Civil Service Law.


Temporary Appointment:
Community Mental Health Nurse is a continuous recruitment examination. Candidates who are not on the eligible list may apply for this position and if appointed will receive a temporary appointment. Candidates who are not currently on the eligible list must submit a New York State Application ( to the Department of Civil Service for scoring.
Candidates appointed temporary must receive a score that is reachable on the resulting eligible list before they can be permanently appointed. Candidates who are found not qualified, or who do not receive a reachable score may not be retained.
You must be licensed and currently registered to practice nursing in New York State or possess a limited permit to practice nursing in New York State. (If you have a limited permit, you must obtain your New York State license within one year of the date of appointment or action will be taken to remove you from the position.)


A bachelor's or higher degree in one of the areas listed below*1 AND two years of professional clinical nursing experience, including at least one year as described below*2


30 college credits in the areas listed below*1 IN ADDITION TO an associate's degree in nursing or completion of a three-year nursing program (attach a copy of your college transcript(s) to your NYS APP) AND three years of professional clinical nursing experience, including at least one year as described below*2.

*1 Acceptable areas include nursing, health care administration, public administration in a health care area, public health, community mental health, community mental health counseling, psychology, sociology, biology, social work or human services. The 30 credits may include up to two statistics courses. Courses/degrees in physical education, recreation therapy, English, history, math, anthropology, languages, etc. are NOT acceptable.

*2 One year of experience in providing direct services to individuals diagnosed with mental illness, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, or alcohol or substance abuse in a COMMUNITY SETTING, e.g., a halfway house, visiting nurse, or a community clinic. SUBSTITUTION: A master's degree in community mental health may be substituted for this experience only.

Preferred Qualification:

Must possess a valid driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State and must maintain this license.

Duties Description Under the direction of the Deputy Director for Operations who supervises the Mobile Integration Team, the COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH NURSE will be part of an inter-disciplinary team designed to assist the patient in the rehabilitation and recovery process for reintegration into the community. Incumbents serve as the medical and psychiatric nursing care specialists; consulting with and advising team members, community groups, and others in areas of the nursing specialty; coordinate treatment efforts with community health and related services; carry out a treatment plan for a caseload of clients in the community.

The COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH NURSE will provide a wide array of services to patients discharged into the community including but not limited to:

-- Design and supervise medication self-administration;
-- Functions as a primary therapist and case manager providing
direct medical and psychiatric nursing care to a group of clients
in the community;
-- Facilitating recovery and independence by assisting with basic
living skills, such as Activities of Daily Living, housekeeping,
laundry, budgeting, shopping, cooking, etc., as needed;
-- Escorting to medical, psychiatric and other appointments;
-- Engaging residents in appropriate recreational and social
activities to model acceptable leisure time behaviors;
-- Providing support, encouragement and preparation for
interviews, in conjunction with the residential and clinical
treatment teams;
-- Helping client establish linkages with educational, vocational and
entitlement resources;
-- Maintains contact and consults with community agencies as the
client's mental health advocate and as a mental health
professional on the treatment team;
-- May supervise others on the team.

Additional Comments Background Investigation/Justice Center Review:
Prospective appointees will be: 1) Checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s) if applicable. 2) Investigated through a Criminal Background Check (CBC), which includes State and federal Criminal History Record Checks. All convictions must be reported; conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, or any falsified or omitted information on the prospective appointee’s employment application, may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case will be determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of State and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Prospective employees will be fingerprinted in order to obtain a record of their criminal history information, and may be required to pay any necessary fees. 3) Screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Prospective employees may be required to pay any necessary fees. Additionally, prospective employees whose names are indicated on the SCR may be barred from appointment.


Generous benefit package includes:
• Paid vacation leave
• Paid personal leave
• Paid holidays
• Paid sick leave
• Tuition Aid
• Medical, Prescription, Dental, and Vision care benefits
• Membership in the New York State and Local
employees Retirement System, and
• Various savings plan programs.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Contact Information

Name Human Resources


Fax (518)549-6211

Email Address


Street Capital District Psychiatric Center

75 New Scotland Ave

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12208


Notes on ApplyingIndicate the Title and Location of the position you are applying for in the subject line. Please complete the New York State Application and the Office of Mental Health Employment Application and submit with your resume and other application materials.