AgencyMental Health, Office of
TitleKirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, Security Hospital Treatment Assistant (SHTA)– Direct Care Position, SP23000
Occupational CategoryEnforcement or Protective Services
Bargaining UnitSSU - Security Services Unit (NYSCOPBA)
Salary RangeFrom $56158 to $68716 Annually
Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class
Compressed workweek allowed? No
Street Address Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center
600 East 125th Street
Minimum Qualifications 1. A High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma or similar equivalency such as a General Education Development Certification or higher degree; and two years of full-time direct patient care experience working in a health care setting or behavioral health setting; OR
2. An associate’s degree and one year of full-time direct patient care experience working in a health care setting or behavioral health setting; OR
3. A bachelor’s degree.
Duties Description As a Security Hospital Treatment Assistant, you would provide direct patient care, treatment, rehabilitation, and support services to patients with mental illness in a secure forensic unit or hospital. You would assist in conducting therapeutic activities; teach, model, and promote acceptable behaviors and verbal skills; encourage patients to participate in physical, recreational, social, educational, and other rehabilitation programs; assist and instruct patients in attending to personal care tasks and activities of daily living; observe and report patient behaviors, progress, and responses to treatment; maintain patient counts; escort patients to activities and appointments on and off facility grounds; search the facility, unit, and/or patient areas for contraband; conduct rounds to identify and remediate potential safety hazards and ensure environmental safety; and complete and maintain a variety of reports, documentation, and other records required for patient care, treatment, safety, and security activities. You would also need to be prepared to act to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff in emergency situations.
You must be able to communicate and follow oral and written instructions and directions in English in order to perform the duties of the position.
If you are selected for appointment, you may be required to attend a physical exam. This exam includes:
Your physical and medical condition will be evaluated to ensure that you are able to satisfactorily perform the duties of this position with or without reasonable accommodation. A complete statement of the physical and medical standards is available at: http://www.cs.ny.gov/ehs/forms.cfm. A medical examination will be required prior to appointment. Appointees to this position may be required to undergo periodic medical examinations to reassess their ability to perform the essential duties of the position.
Prior to appointment, you will be required to participate in a drug screening test. Failure to meet the standards may result in your disqualification.
Depending on your assignment, you may be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State at the time of appointment and continuously thereafter.
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.
Medicaid and Medicare: In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
Candidates must be willing to work any shift and pass days.
This position is eligible for a downstate adjustment of $3,026.
All OMH employees receive a generous benefits package including:
• 13 paid vacation days the first year of employment
• 5 paid personal days and 13 paid holidays each year
• Paid sick leave
• Dental, vision and healthcare coverage
• A retirement pension plan
• Access to tuition assistance programs
OMH hospital employees must be fully vaccinated or willing to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Candidates who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may not start working until two weeks after their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org
Street Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center
600 East 125th Street
Notes on ApplyingPlease indicate the Title and Vacancy ID # of the position you are applying to in the subject line of your email or fax. Please complete the Office of Mental Health Employment Application and submit it along with your resume and other application materials.
The Mission of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is to promote the mental health of all New Yorkers, with a focus on providing hope and supporting recovery for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances. Applicants with lived mental health experience are encouraged to apply. OMH is deeply committed to supporting underserved individuals, organizations and communities. To this end, OMH is focused on implementing activities and initiatives to reduce disparities in access, quality, and treatment outcomes for underserved populations. A critical component of these efforts is ensuring OMH is a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees' unique attributes and skills are valued and utilized to support the mission of the Agency. OMH is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.