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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 06/22/22

Applications Due07/13/22

Vacancy ID107038

AgencyMental Health, Office of

TitleResidential Program Specialist, Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center – Whitesboro SOCR, P23007

Occupational CategoryHealth Care, Human/Social Services

Salary Grade16

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

Salary RangeFrom $54903 to $69882 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Variable

"Other" Explanation To Be Determined

Hours Per Week 40


From 3 PM

To 11 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Oneida

Street Address Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center – Whitesboro SOCR

112 Main Street

City Whitesboro


Zip Code13492

Minimum Qualifications Candidates must be reachable for appointment from the appropriate Civil Service eligible list for this title;


Transfer Opportunity - Candidates must be permanent in this title and eligible for lateral transfer; OR be eligible for transfer via Section 70.1 or Section 70.4 of Civil Service Law.


In the event that there is not a valid eligible list, candidates who meet the following qualifications may be qualified for a provisional appointment:

Must be a qualified employee of the New York State Office of Mental Health and have one year of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as Mental Hygiene Therapy Assistant 1, Mental Hygiene Therapy Assistant 1 (Spanish Language), Mental Hygiene Therapy Assistant 2, Mental Hygiene Therapy Assistant 2 (Spanish Language), Recreation Assistant, Recreation Assistant (Spanish Language), Recreation Worker, Recreation Worker (Spanish Language), Rehabilitation Assistant 1, Rehabilitation Assistant 1 (Spanish Language), Rehabilitation Assistant 2, Rehabilitation Assistant 2 (Manual Communications), Rehabilitation Assistant 2 (Spanish Language), Residential Program Assistant 1, Residential Program Assistant 2, Social Work Assistant 1, Social Work Assistant 1 (Spanish Language), Social Work Assistant 2, Social Work Assistant 2 (Chinese Language), Social Work Assistant 2 (Korean Language), or Social Work Assistant 2 (Spanish Language), AND possess a bachelors or higher degree in any field.


Open Competitive
Candidates must have a bachelor's degree or higher in any field AND have one year of experience working with individuals diagnosed with mental illness.

Or A master's degree in a human services area*

* Appropriate human services degrees include sociology, psychology, education, rehabilitation counseling, recreation therapy, nursing, speech/language pathology, audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, community mental health, and therapeutic recreation (including concentrations in art, creative arts, dance, drama, music, or physical education). Also included are related academic disciplines associated with the study of human behavior (e.g. gerontology, human services, sociology, speech communication) or human skills development (e.g. counseling, education, human development)

If you are appointed provisionally, you must take the next scheduled Civil Service examination for this title and your score must be reachable on the resulting eligible list before you can be permanently appointed. If you do not pass the examination or achieve a reachable score, you may not be retained.

Duties Description As a Residential Program Specialist, you would provide care to individuals diagnosed with mental illness in community residential settings in a culturally competent manner. Under the general direction of the Residential Program Manager, you would take the lead among staff in the monitoring, identifying needs, and care of residents. You would have specific responsibility for planning and implementing rehabilitative programs and individually designed service plans for patients in the residence and for establishing and maintaining contacts with other service providers in the community. You may also supervise lower level residential program staff and may serve as assistant to the Residential Program Manager and as manager of the residence in his/her absence.

Help oversee and manage the overall operations of an adult mental health community residence and the rehabilitation program services provided by residence staff. Including, but limited to: review, develop, and implement policies and residential procedures. Perform regular reviews of residential programs ensuring compliance with federal, state, and accreditation regulations, standards, and guidelines. Participate in the development and oversee the implementation of residential service plans for all residents. Maintain and prepare reports. Coordinate all aspects of referrals, admissions and discharges. Financial management of the residence’s and patient’s funds including Medicaid billing. Ensure the house maintains safety guidelines. Oversee staff, training, scheduling, recruitment, performance evaluations, etc.

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.

OMH hospital employees must be fully vaccinated or willing to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Candidates who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may not start working until two weeks after their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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

Name Human Resources


Fax 315-738-4059

Email Address


Street Mowak Valley Psychiatric Center

1400 Noyes Street

City Utica

State NY

Zip Code 13502


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 resume and other application materials via fax, or e-mail 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 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 Office of Mental Health embraces diversity and promotes a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, and respected. The New York State Office of Mental Health is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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