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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/21/18

Applications Due03/08/18

Vacancy ID47866

AgencyMental Health, Office of

TitleMental Health Program Specialist 1/Mental Health Program Specialist Trainee, Central Office;

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade18

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

Salary RangeFrom $55494 to $70566 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 30%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.50


From 8:30 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Suffolk

Street Address NYS Office of Mental Health, Long Island Field Office

998 Crooked Hill Road, Building 45, 3rd Floor

City West Brentwood


Zip Code11717

Minimum Qualifications Internal Reassignment:
Candidates must be current Office of Mental Health employees with permanent or contingent-permanent service as a Mental Health Program Specialist 1 and interest in reassignment.

Candidates must be eligible to transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law to the Mental Health Program Specialist 1, Mental Health Program Specialist Trainee 2 or Mental Health Program Specialist Trainee 1 level by having one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service in a qualifying title within two salary grades or one M-1 grade of the target level.

Individuals certified eligible for the 55b/c program under the Governor’s Program to Hire Persons/Veterans with Disabilities pursuant to Section 55b/c of the Civil Service Law AND possess a Bachelor's degree in Audiology, Child and Family Studies, Creative Arts Therapy, Epidemiology, Health Administration, Hospital Administration, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Recreational Therapy, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Sociology, Special Education, or Speech Language Pathology will also be considered. Possession of one of the degrees listed above allows for placement at the Trainee 1 level. Candidates with additional professional clinical or administrative experience in a behavioral health program may be eligible for advanced placement to Trainee 2 or the Grade 18 level. Advanced placement determinations are made on a case-by-case basis and are at the discretion of the appointing authority. A Master’s degree in any of the field outlined above may be substituted for one year of the required experience. Please provide a copy of your eligibility letter with your response.

Candidates who are current or former recipients of mental health services and who have a strong track record of documented accomplishments and leadership within the consumer/survivor movement, including self help and/or advocacy, are strongly encouraged to apply. Persons with lived experience of recovery from mental illness should inquire about qualifying through the New York State Civil Law’s 55b process for hiring of persons with disabilities. A valid NYS driver’s license is required.

Duties Description The Office of Mental Health (OMH) is currently recruiting to fill a Mental Health Program Specialist 1, Grade 18/Mental Health Program Specialist Trainee, NS, position in the Long Island Field Office. The incumbent will participate in all aspects of Field Office program development and monitoring to ensure that recipient and family perspective informs planning and quality assurance decisions, develop training programs, incorporate and sustain the peer voice as part of program functioning, and participate in regional networks and forums. Specific duties to be performed may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Assist in the development and implementation of recipient and family support programs and initiatives within the public mental health system.

Ensure the inclusion of people who are current and former users of mental health services, and their families, into planning, policy implementation, program development, evaluation, monitoring and related activities within the region served by the field office, including State facilities, local programs and local governmental units.

Promote recovery and the shared personal experience paradigm by sharing of one’s own experiences with the mental health care system.

Disseminate information and provide technical assistance to recipients, local providers, county government, the general public and family support groups on methods for ensuring recipient and family involvement in planning, implementing and evaluating mental health services.

Conduct training and assistance to promote awareness of mental health service initiatives to providers, family members and consumers.

Actively participate in the implementation and planning of Managed Care, Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS), and Community Reinvestment to make sure recipient and family are represented and their voices heard.

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

Name Nicole Swankey


Fax (518) 486-3897



Street NYS Office of Mental Health

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12229


Notes on ApplyingTo be considered for this position, interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format to Please include the title of the position and Vacancy ID #47866 in the subject line of your email when applying.

You are advised that, should you accept a job offer with the Office of Mental Health, you may be required to be fingerprinted and pay a fingerprint fee.

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