Title:  Mental Health Recovery Specialist

Application Deadline Date:  07/25/2024
Req ID:  47826
Department:  Mental Health

Berlin, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $25.43


The Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital is seeking an experienced Mental Health Recovery Specialist. This is a dynamic position that is responsible for planning and providing care to individuals within the facility. Incumbents will frequently interact and communicate with patients, as well as outside health agencies and family and friends of individuals receiving care.


Duties Include:
Therapeutic communication and support of patients
Crisis communication
Promotion of recovery
Development and facilitation of therapeutic groups
Perform routine checks and constant observations
May escort patients to medical appointments and other facilities and provide support regarding these events
Promoting least restrictive involuntary emergency intervention and de-escalation
Facilitating groups and supervising one to one
Various work assignments on the inpatient units and in the recovery services area


**This position is eligible for full retirement after 20 years of service in eligible positions in recognition of the challenges of front-line mental health work. More information can be found here.

Who May Apply

This position, Mental Health Recovery Specialist (Job Requisition #47826), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact gregory.tomasulo@vermont.gov.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.


Candidates, including current State employees seeking transfer, promotion, demotion, or persons exercising re-employment rights, must pass a fingerprint supported background investigation applicable to the position.  Additionally, in accordance with AHS Policy 4.02 - Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates. Hiring managers will notify applicants who are in the final stage of the interview process of the finger-printing and background check requirement, to which an applicant must agree to be deemed eligible for this position. Applicants will have the right to withdraw their applications before finger-printing and/or a background investigation is conducted.

Environmental Factors

Incumbents may be assigned to any DMH Treatment facility and any shift. Employees regularly interact with patients experiencing serious mental illness, who present with various levels of risk to self or others - assaultive behavior, elopement risk, self-harm; and may be exposed to infectious diseases and caustic detergents.

Duties are performed on in-patient psychiatric units, grounds of the hospital, and activity areas; may be required to drive patients on trips, and may assist with transitions to other facilities. Duties occur in an acute setting, and the ability to be flexible in daily work flow schedule changes as patients' needs change is essential. Light housekeeping and kitchen clean-up may be required. Responsibilities may also include personal assistance for showering, toileting, eating, and other activities of daily living. There is potential exposure to bodily fluids, infectious disease, or cleaning products used in a healthcare environment.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in a human services field AND one (1) year or more working in a community-based, mental health program or inpatient psychiatric treatment setting.


Bachelor's degree in a human services field AND two (2) years or more working in a community-based, mental health program or inpatient psychiatric treatment setting.


Bachelor's degree AND are a self-identified individual with lived experience, stable recovery for at least two years, and demonstrated peer support/advocacy work.

Special Requirements

Overtime work may be required to maintain safe staffing levels and is considered a condition of employment. The ability to work overtime as required is considered an essential function of this job class.

Mental and physical condition appropriate to successfully perform, with or without reasonable accommodations, the essential job functions.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium and a dental plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • State Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI)
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.