Childrens Waiver and Eligibility Units
Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Candidates must be reachable for appointment from the current Civil Service eligible list;
OR for Transfer Opportunity:
Candidates must have one year of permanent service as a Psychologist 2 and be eligible for lateral transfer; OR be in a title deemed appropriate for transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law;
In the event that there is not a valid eligible list, candidates who meet the following promotion or open competitive qualifications may be qualified for a provisional appointment:
? Candidates must have one year of permanent service as a Psychologist 1 or as a Psychologist 1 (Spanish Language);
• Candidates must have a master of psychology degree from a regionally accredited college or university psychology degree program which prepares graduates for clinical positions in the field of psychology in a clinical, forensic, community mental health, or school setting. Qualifying degree programs must have included coursework in psychological and behavioral assessment, and treatment modalities for psychological and behavioral disorders; AND you must also have three years of supervised post master's degree experience in a clinical, forensic, community mental health, or school setting, where your primary duties were providing psychological services as described below*
*Qualifying experience for Psychologist 2 must primarily include direct experience with individuals, families, or groups in a hospital, psychiatric hospital, psychiatric clinic, community mental health clinic, correctional facility, intermediate care facility, institutional or school setting, or community based residential and/or day program, under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, licensed psychologist, licensed physician, licensed psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, or licensed clinical social worker (Or in the case of school psychologists with permanent certification from the New York State Education Department, working under the supervision of a school principal or similar administrator).
Primary duties must have included activities such as administering assessments and tests for diagnostic psychological evaluations or completing functional behavior assessments; developing behavior support plans or writing psychological treatment plans; and/or providing psychological counseling and treatment in one or more of the following areas: mental and/or emotional disorders, cognitive disorders, behavioral disorders, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, alcoholism, addictions, substance abuse disorders, sex offender assessment and treatment, or forensic mental health.
Non-qualifying experience includes but is not limited to, experience in experimental psychology, research psychology, industrial psychology, organizational psychology, health psychology, utilization review, guidance counseling, pastoral counseling, or as a habilitation specialist, or instructor of psychology.
Qualifying degree programs/majors include, but are not limited to the following: clinical psychology, clinical forensic psychology, community psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, and child psychology.
Non-qualifying master’s and doctoral degrees include, but are not limited to the following: education, counseling, clinical counseling, clinical hypnosis, community counseling, educational counseling, forensic counseling, guidance counseling, human relations, marriage and family counseling, professional counseling, rehabilitative counseling, school counseling, student and personnel services, mental health counseling, psychological counseling, pastoral psychology, transpersonal psychology, neuroscience, experimental psychology, industrial psychology, and organizational psychology.
o A doctoral degree in a clinical field of psychology and one year of qualifying experience may be substituted for both the education and experience requirements above.
o A clinical psychology practicum, externship, or fieldwork assignment, that was completed as part of a qualifying master of psychology degree program, may be substituted for one year of the required experience.**
o A certificate of advanced study in a clinical field of psychology or school psychology may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
? ** A practicum, externship, or clinical fieldwork assignment is defined as a direct clinical experience providing psychological services in a hospital, psychiatric hospital, psychiatric clinic, community mental health clinic, correctional facility, intermediate care facility, institutional or school setting, or community based residential and/or day program; and must have been a component of a qualifying master of psychology degree program listed on the official transcript.
Note: 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 • Coordination/facilitation of the new consolidated 1915c Children's Waiver Program that serves developmentally disabled (DD) medically fragile and (DD) foster children up to 21 years of age,
• Receive referrals from Front Door and educate families interested in the Children's Waiver regarding the difference between the OPWDD Comprehensive Waiver and the DOH Children's Waiver,
• Refer Medicaid enrolled children/adolescents who are believed to be Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) eligible and/or in need to Health Home Care Management (HHCM),
• Refer children/adolescents who are not already enrolled in Medicaid and are believed to be eligible and/or in need of HCBS to Children and Youth Evaluation Service (C-YES) to assist the child/family with the Medicaid application and to access services,
• Track and complete OPWDD Level of Care Eligibility Determination (LCED) forms for current Children's Waiver participants and individuals new to OPWDD who are seeking eligibility for OPWDD service,
• Request supporting documents from care managers (CM's) to update LCED's yearly,
• Request most recent LCED's for DD Foster children from their CM's for redeterminations,
• Upload required documents into CHOICES system for initial LCED and annual redeterminations,
• Update TABS tracking system for annual LCED's as required,
• Coordinate transfers with care coordinators and CM's in a timely manner,
• Participate in regional office meetings, training and teleconferences as required,
• Provide managerial oversight for both Children's Liaison and PASRR units and act as supervisor's back-up when needed,
• Track and enter information and updates into Children's Liaison trackers,
• Review psychological, physical, psychosocial and speciality reports to assess eligibility for OPWDD services,
• Contact families, CM's, schools and others to obtain necessary documents to determine eligibility for OPWDD services,
• Educate school personnel, CM's, families, hospitals and others on what is necessary for determination of eligibility for OPWDD services,
• Upload eligibility documents and determinations to CHOICES,
• Special projects as determined by Administration.
Additional Comments Please note:
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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 email@example.com to obtain information and RA forms.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For CSEA positions: Local Bidding Agreements will be honored.
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.
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.
OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.