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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 10/12/21

Applications Due10/27/21

Vacancy ID92717

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 $60069 to $76387 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address OMH Central Office

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany


Zip Code12229

Minimum Qualifications Candidates must be employed by New York State to be eligible to apply for this position.

Candidates must be permanent in the Mental Health Program Specialist 1 title and be eligible for lateral transfer; OR be eligible to transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law into the Mental Health Program Specialist 1 or Mental Health Program Specialist Trainee levels.

To be eligible for appointment, candidates must have a Bachelor's or higher degree in Child and Family Studies, Counseling and Community Psychology, Creative Arts Therapy, Criminal Justice,Health Administration, Hospital Administration, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, Nursing, Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Recreation Therapy, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Sociology, or Special Education.

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 one of the fields listed above will also be considered. Please provide a copy of your eligibility letter with your response.

Duties Description The Office of Mental Health is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a Mental Health Program Specialist 1, G-18, position in the Division of State Operated Children’s and Adult Services, Sustained Engagement Support Unit. The incumbent will work under general direction working with a team towards the goal of reducing disengagement of OHM adult clinics. Specific duties of the positions include, but are not limited to:

•Utilize available data, including the PSYCKES system, to monitor connections with treatment providers and support services, including pharmacy utilization and emergency room visits.

•Review Databases pertaining to discharge, including MHARS for trends, co-occurrences, loss of contact or refusal of service, risk factors and provide feedback to supervisor, clinics based upon trends and results.

•Follow up with outpatient providers to ensure appropriate outreach is in place to reconnect individuals who are disengaging with mental health treatment;

•Initiate re-engagement efforts through monthly and as needed telephonic outreach to individuals in the community who have disengaged from mental health treatment, elicting barriers to engagement and.supporting/facilitating resolution of such barriers, offering treatment options.

•Facilitate linkage to alternative providers and confirm that successful connection to OHM or alternative provider has occurred.

•Utilize criminal justice databases to locate individuals who have disengaged or have been discharged from treatment and work with correctional facilities to re-engage individuals in treatment prior to release to the community.

•Participate in monthly facility calls, on site visits/meetings to promote positive relationships with state operated outpatient programs and staff, offer staff feedback related to SES protocols and client engagement barriers.

•Provide support with various special projects and OHM initiatives

Additional Comments Telecommuting availability and schedule to be discussed at interview.

Specific scheduled hours and telecommuting availability for this position will be discussed during the interview process. Please note, employees are required to apply and obtain approval through management to telecommute according to operational needs and Agency Telecommuting Program Guidelines.

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.

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

Name Kimberly Chapman


Fax 518-486-3897

Email Address


Street OMH Central Office

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 as an attachment to Please include the title of the position and Vacancy ID #92717 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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