Review Vacancy

Date Posted: 10/18/21
Applications Due: 11/03/21
Vacancy ID: 92936

Position Information

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleCommunity Mental Health Nurse

Occupational CategoryHealth Care, Human/Social Services

Salary Grade19

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

Salary RangeFrom $79582 to $99937 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 20%


Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 40


From 8 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No


County Dutchess

Street Address Dutchess County Office

38 Fireman's Way

City Poughkeepsie


Zip Code12603

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications Permanent/Provisional Position Available

Some extended hours based upon need for home visits or emergencies
*Posted Hiring Salary includes the sum of statutory hiring rate for PS&T Grade 19 ($60,069), Geographic Pay Differential ($18,000), and Mid-Hudson Adjustment ($1,513). Geographic Pay Differential and Mid-Hudson Adjustment are also added to the job rate ($80,424) for the PS&T Grade 19.

Permanent Qualifications: Candidates must currently be a permanent Community Mental Health Nurse OR be reachable on the current Civil Service eligible list
Transfer Qualifications: Candidates must meet the requirements to transfer under Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law.
Provisional Qualifications: Candidates 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. (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).
1. A bachelor’s or higher degree in one of the areas listed below*, AND two years of professional clinical nursing experience, including at least one year as described below** OR
2. 30 college credits in the areas listed below* IN ADDITION TO an associate degree in nursing or completion of a three-year nursing program (attach a copy of your college transcript(s)) AND three years of professional clinical nursing experience, including at least one year as described below**.

* 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.

** One year of experience in providing direct services to individuals diagnosed with mental illness, developmental disabilities, or alcohol 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.

The Community Mental Health Nurse (CMHN) position will provide administrative oversight to assigned Family Care Homes. They will also work within the framework of a treatment team providing nursing service to individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities, and their caretakers/family care providers. The CMHN visits the individual’s home to make recommendations for emergency or continuing care, suggest alternative treatment plans, and teach the Family Care Provider (FCP) methods of dealing with emergencies. They also ensure that the health care needs of the individuals are provided and work with appropriated community agencies as necessary and ensure a coordinated team treatment plan.

• Monitor the homes to ensure that safety and health issues are immediately addressed and the required follow up is completed
• Ensure that FCP’s are adhering to the Family Care policies relative to health and safety of the individuals while in their Family Care homes
• Ensure that all medical treatments are performed and implemented as written and data is recorded as required
• Provide oversight of individual’s health including participation in the Family Care teams’ coordination of the individual’s health care services
• Communicate and coordinate with other caregivers, including day program providers and health care providers
• Participate in assessing the Family Care provider’s skills and abilities, relative to addressing the needs of the individual
• Provide training and education to both the FCO and the individual regarding health care issues and preventative health strategies
• Participate in the assessment of the home’s physical environment and in the development of recommendations related to home modifications – as appropriate to meet the needs of the individual
• Develops individualized plans of nursing service
• Act as a liaison between the FCP, individuals and other treatment team members

NOTE: Travel within the five-county catchment area will be required in the performance of the duties of the position. This
may include a state-owned vehicle, as available, or the employee’s own car. An employee who uses his/her own car will
be reimbursed at current negotiated rates.

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

Contact Information

Name Taconic DDSOO-Office of Human Resources

Telephone 845-877-6821 ext. 3367

Fax 845-877-3851

Email Address


Street 25 Center Circle

City Wassaic

State NY

Zip Code 12592


Notes on ApplyingInterested candidates should submit a cover letter detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications and a current resume to the Taconic DDSO Human Resources Office. Please provide your social security number for service certification and transfer eligibility determination process. Also be sure to include the vacancy number on this announcement on your resume.

Taconic DDSO – Human Resources
25 Center Circle
Wassaic, New York 12592
Phone: 845-877-6821 ext. 3367
Fax: 845-877-3851

Please note:
• Employees on long term leave can bid on positions but must be able to report to work within fourteen (14) days and be able to perform the essential functions of their positions with or without reasonable accommodation (RA). If an employee believes that they need a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Workforce and Talent Management Central Office (518) 473-4785 or Email at to obtain information and RA forms.
• Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.

• Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at
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