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100 Washington Street
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.
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 (https://www.cs.ny.gov/extdocs/pdf/nysapp.pdf) to the Department of Civil Service for scoring (http://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/announcements/oc-cr/20-489.cfm).
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.) AND EITHER:
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.
Duties Description Under the direction of the facility’s Chief Nursing Officer and/or Assistant Director of Nursing, and working closely with a “Nursing Home Coordinator” from the OMH Office of Coordinated Nursing Services, the Community Mental Health Nurse (CMHN) will perform a wide variety of activities associated with the Nursing Home Enhanced Support Program – a program designed to successfully transition and sustain long stay patients who are no longer in need of inpatient psychiatric hospitalization to a more appropriate level of care at skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The CMHN’s duties will include but not be limited to:
• Serving as the nurse expert on the Discharge Planning Team
by providing consultation in facility discharge planning
meetings and long-stay/SNF discharge planning calls
• Scheduling and coordinating meetings with family members,
significant others and other stakeholders to address issues
related to the referral and admission of individuals to SNFs
• Coordinating treatment efforts by collaborating with the SNF
and facility staff in the development of an individualized care
plan based upon familiarity caring for the patient at the facility
and expertise in psychiatric nursing
• Working closely with SNF staff to identify and secure other
supports and personal items essential to sustain individual
patients living in the SNF
• As requested by the SNFs, providing nursing consultation and
enhanced nursing supports necessary to successfully transition
individuals including patient education, family support, and
specific individualized interventions, and, as needed,
arrangement for a Mental Health Therapy Aide familiar with
the patient to provide onsite support during the transition
• Developing and providing in-service education and training for
facility nursing staff on best practices and interventions to
better prepare long term individuals for SNF placement
• Providing targeted SNF onsite staff trainings on evidence
based and best practices on the management of referred
patients and assist SNF staff to access facility Psychiatric
• May supervise paraprofessional and professional personnel in
community mental health activities
• Collecting and documenting individual SNF tracking and status
data including descriptions and details of supports provided to
each discharged patient, dates and duration of supports
provided and the staff person providing the supports; submits
records in reporting templates on a monthly basis
Additional Comments 1. If you fail to maintain your nursing license and/or registration
once you are appointed, action will be taken to remove you
from the position.
2. 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
3. If appointed, you may be required to become an enrolled
Medicare provider; obtain and provide to your employer a
National Provider Identifier (NPI) number issued by the
National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES); and
otherwise actively participate to the degree necessary to allow
for your services to be billed through Medicare and Medicaid.
If you are appointed and you lose the ability to bill through
Medicare and Medicaid, you may be terminated from your
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.
The posted hiring rate is the sum of the statutory hiring rate for PS&T Grade 19 ($59,671), an Increased Hiring Salary ($5,748), a Geographic Pay Differential ($7,000). The posted job rate is the sum of the statutory job rate ($75,785), and Geographic Pay Differential ($7,000).
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
100 Washington Street
Notes on ApplyingIndicate the Title and Location of the position you are applying for in the subject line. Please complete the Office of Mental Health Employment Application and submit your resume and other application materials.