Minimum Qualifications This posting is to announce the new Mental Health Therapy Aide (MHTA) examinations. This examination will establish new MHTA eligible lists to meet future hiring needs for the Office of Mental Health Psychiatric Centers. Psychiatric Centers are located throughout New York State.
To be considered for a MHTA job, you must take an online examination. You can take the examination here: https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/employment/mhta.html (copy and paste link into your browser). There is no examination fee.
Once you complete the examination you will receive your score and you will be added to the MHTA eligible list(s) for facilities you have selected. When a facility is interested in filling a MHTA job, you may receive canvass letters for the job at the facilities you selected. The canvass letter is how you will officially apply for the MHTA job.
Please note: Resumes are not being accepted for MHTA jobs. You must take the examination to be considered for a job. If your exam score is reachable, you may be contact when facilities you selected are hiring.
Candidates must have a High School Diploma, High School Equivalency Diploma, or similar equivalency such as a General Education Development Certification (GED) or higher degree and have one (1) year of full-time direct patient care* experience working in a mental health** setting.
*Qualifying direct patient care experience includes, but is not limited to the following: attending to patient’s personal hygiene, grooming, nutrition, and daily living needs; assisting and participating in physical, social, therapeutic or recreational programs; case management, service coordination activities or discharge planning. Non-qualifying experience includes, but is not limited to the following: housekeeping, food service, pharmacy technician or aide, clerical support/office assistant and/or transportation.
**Mental Health setting is defined as: a psychiatric inpatient unit within a general hospital, psychiatric clinic, community or county mental health clinic, center or other service; residential mental health treatment center, or Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).
Duties Description As a Mental Health Therapy Aide, you would provide direct services, treatment, rehabilitation, and support to individuals diagnosed with mental illness that receive services in an institutional or community-based setting. You would help individuals to participate in games and recreational programs; coach and encourage individuals to develop daily living skills; and provide a clean, safe, and comfortable environment. You would work with other staff to develop, carry out, and record care plans, and, in accordance with special instructions you may administer medication. This position may be physically demanding. You would need to be prepared to act to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff in emergency situations. You must be able to do such things as bend, stretch, and stand for long periods of time.
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.
If you are selected for appointment, you may be required to attend a pre-placement physical exam.
This exam includes:
Physical/Medical Requirements: 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.
The physical/medical standards include a medical standards evaluation and a substance abuse screening. 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.
Drug Testing: Prior to appointment, you will have to participate in a drug screening test. Failure to meet the standards may result in your disqualification.
License Requirement: Depending on 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.
Candidates must be willing to work any shift and pass days.
To learn more and apply for a Mental Health Therapy Aide position, please copy and paste the following link into an internet browser: https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/employment/mhta.html
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
Notes on ApplyingTo learn more and apply for a Mental Health Therapy Aide position, please copy and paste the following link into an internet browser: https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/employment/mhta.html