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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 11/22/23

Applications Due12/07/23

Vacancy ID144684

AgencyMental Health, Office of

TitleMental Health Program Specialist 1/Mental Health Program Specialist Trainee – Central Office;

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade18

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

Salary RangeFrom $63108 to $80248 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 15%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8:30 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address NYS Office of Mental Health

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany


Zip Code12229

Minimum Qualifications Candidates must be employed by New York State to be eligible to apply for this position.

Candidates must be permanent in the Mental Health Program Specialist 1 title and be eligible for lateral transfer; OR be eligible to transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law into the Mental Health Program Specialist 1 or Mental Health Program Specialist Trainee levels.

To be eligible for appointment, candidates must have a Bachelor's or higher degree in Child and Family Studies, Counseling and Community Psychology, Creative Arts Therapy, Criminal Justice,Health Administration, Hospital Administration, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, Nursing, Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Recreation Therapy, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Sociology, or Special Education.

Individuals certified eligible for the 55b/c program under the Governor’s Program to Hire Persons/Veterans with Disabilities pursuant to Section 55b/c of the Civil Service Law AND possess a Bachelor’s degree in one of the fields listed above will also be considered. Please provide a copy of your eligibility letter with your response.

Duties Description The Office of Mental Health (OMH) is seeking qualified candidates to fill two Mental Health Program Specialist 1, G-18 positions in the Division of Community Program Management & Managed Care, Bureau of Adult Community Care Group, Employment Services. The incumbents of these positions will perform a full range of program activities including an oversight role in monitoring upstate residential programs and projects.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Provide overall project management for new residential development and for the renovation and/or relocation of existing residential programs as assigned.

• Assist in the administration of housing-related programs and initiatives, which may include Supportive Housing, short-term residential programs, crisis respite programs, etc;

• Partner with Discharge Coordinators at State Psychiatric Centers (including THUs) to facilitate discharge to community housing.

• Collaborate with State Operations and provider community to determine best practices to facilitate transition through the housing continuum.

• Review discharge packets and offer feedback to strengthen applications to community housing providers.

• Track data, information and trends in order to evaluate processes that need improvement and/or can be implemented regionally and/or statewide.

• Assist with new site identification and coordinate appropriate studies to evaluate feasibility of the particular site.

• Assist to coordinate the execution of a Capital Contract and other required capital documents.

• Communicate initiatives and policy directives, both verbally and in writing, to other State agencies, providers, counties and local agencies concerning OMH policies, regulations, guidelines and/or directives.

Additional Comments The salary listed applies to candidates appointed to Mental Health Program Specialist 1, SG-18. The salary for candidates appointed to Mental Health Program Specialist Trainee 1 starts at $46,529 and, for current New York State employees, is based on the candidate’s salary at the time of hire.

Specific scheduled hours and telecommuting availability for this position will be discussed during the interview process. Please note, employees are required to apply and obtain approval through management to telecommute according to operational needs and Agency Telecommuting Program Guidelines.

The Mission of the New York State Office of Mental Health 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.

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

Name Chad Reid


Fax (518) 486-3897



Street NYS Office of Mental Health

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12229


Notes on ApplyingTo be considered for this position, interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format to Please include the title of the position and Vacancy ID #144684 in the subject line of your email when applying.

You are advised that, should you accept a job offer with the Office of Mental Health, you may be required to be fingerprinted and pay a fingerprint fee.

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