9005 Old River Road
Minimum Qualifications Candidates must be reachable for appointment from one of the appropriate Civil Service eligible lists for this title;
Transfer Opportunity - Candidates must have one year of permanent service as a Security Hospital Treatment Assistant or in a title deemed appropriate for transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law within two salary grades of the Grade 14 level;
Employees of the New York State Office of Mental Health who have had one year of permanent competitive or non-competitive service in a direct care position allocated to a Grade 9 or higher AND also have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (such as a GED) may be appointed provisionally. The list of qualifying titles is available at: www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/announcements/00390titles.cfm
for all other candidates you must meet ONE of the following requirements to be appointed provisionally:
Either 1. a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma (such as a GED), AND one year of direct patient care experience providing treatment to individuals in secure institutions who have been diagnosed with mental illness or with emotional or social behavior problems;
Or 2. a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (such as a GED), AND two years of direct patient care experience where the primary duties included treatment for emotional or social behavior problems;
Or 3. an associate's degree or 60 college credits, AND one year of direct patient care experience where the primary duties included treatment for emotional or social behavior problems;
Or 4. a bachelor's degree or 120 college credits.
Candidates appointed provisionally must take the next scheduled Civil Service examination for this title, and their score must be reachable on the resulting eligible list before they can be permanently appointed. Candidates who do not pass the examination or achieve a reachable score may not be retained.
Physical/Medical Requirements: Your physical and medical condition will be evaluated to ensure that you are able to satisfactorily perform the essential duties of the position to which you are seeking appointment with or without reasonable accommodation. The medical examination will be required upon a conditional offer of appointment. The physical/medical standards include a physical fitness test, a medical standards evaluation, and a substance abuse screening. To obtain a complete statement of the physical and medical standards, and/or Requirements for the Qualifying Physical Fitness Test visit http://www.cs.ny.gov/ehs/forms.cfm. A medical examination will be required prior to appointment, and you are responsible for payment of the clinical laboratory test fee. 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. Failure to meet the standards may result in your disqualification.
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.
Duties Description As a Security Hospital Treatment Assistant, in a secure forensic unit or hospital, you would provide assistance with psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation. You will also be responsible for the safety and security of individuals diagnosed with mental illness who are considered to be dangerous to themselves and/or others. You would model acceptable behaviors and verbal skills, teach replacement behaviors and implement treatment goals through positive therapeutic interactions with patients. You would lead or co-lead therapeutic activity groups, escort patients off grounds to appointments, provide 1:1 patient supervision, complete reports and documentation, constantly monitor patients and provide for a safe and therapeutic environment. You will use verbal techniques to deescalate situations and will use approved physical intervention techniques as a last resort to ensure the safety of patients and others. You would also assist in the application of restraint or seclusion. You would assist with personal hygiene such as monitoring of vital signs, use of first aid, and CPR.
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.
Additional monies are paid for:
• Pre-shift briefings
• $750 facility security pay
• Inconvenience pay
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
PO Box 300
Notes on ApplyingPlease indicate the Title, Vacancy ID # and Location of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email or fax. Please complete the Office of Mental Health Employment Application and submit it along with your other application materials via fax, mail or the Human Resources email address noted above.
The Mission of the New York State Office of Mental Health is to promote the mental health of all New Yorkers, with a particular 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. The New York State Office of Mental Health is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.