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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 07/11/18

Applications Due07/26/18

Vacancy ID55111

AgencyMental Health, Office of

TitleMental Health Program Specialist 2, Central Office

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade23

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

Salary RangeFrom $73284 to $92693 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 15%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

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.

Internal Reassignment: Candidates must be current Office of Mental Health employees with permanent or contingent-permanent service as a Mental Health Program Specialist 2 and interested in reassignment.


Transfer: Candidates must be eligible to transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law by having at least one year of permanent service in a qualifying title within two salary grades of the Grade 23 level.

Duties Description The Office of Mental Health is recruiting a qualified State employee to fill the position of Mental Health Program Specialist 2, G-23 in the Division of Community Program Management & Managed Care, Bureau of Inspection & Certification. The incumbent will primarily serve as the OMH designee for coordinating the background check processes for agencies licensed by OMH, as well monitor provider compliance with OMH criminal history background checks (CHBC) and maintenance of employee records.

The primary function of the Bureau of Inspection and Certification (BIC) is the licensure of programs to serve the mentally ill in New York State. BIC reviews inpatient, outpatient, and residential mental health programs for compliance with statutory and regulatory standards for appropriate safety, delivery of mental health services, adequacy of staffing, and relevant quality assurance requirements during both the initial and renewal certification processes. In addition, BIC provides technical assistance for and manages compliance with the State’s CHBC requirements. A criminal history record check is required for all staff “with regular and substantial unsupervised or unrestricted physical contact with clients” receiving services with a mental health provider. A criminal history record check is a request for information regarding any pending criminal charges and criminal convictions which are not vacated or reversed, with respect to a person who is applying for such a position.

Since 2013, such criminal history checks are conducted by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (“Justice Center”). A statewide database known as the Vulnerable Persons Central Register (VPCR) has been established in the Justice Center and includes a Staff Exclusion List (SEL) containing the names of individuals deemed ineligible to work in a position involving regular and substantial contact with a service recipient. Prospective employees or volunteers who will have regular, unsupervised client contact must be cleared through the SEL as well as the State Central Register of Child Abuse and Neglect (SCR) through the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

• Provide technical assistance to new providers in establishing the process for completing CHBCs.
• Perform desk reviews for each agency to ascertain compliance with the State’s CHBC requirements.
• Conduct on-site audits of those agencies identified as potentially not in compliance during desk review.
• Prepare and issue reports of CHBC monitoring activities of such agencies, and review of agency responses for adequacy.
• Serve as liaison to the Justice Center and OCFS with regard to CHBCs and other background check activities, and communicating with field office licensing staff with regard to audit activities and provider compliance issues relative to CHBCs.
• 10-15% travel anticipated.

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

Name Kimberly Chapman


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 #55111 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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