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Title:  Psychiatric Admissions Specialist

Application Deadline Date:  Open Until Filled
Req ID:  1860
Department:  Mental Health

Berlin, VT, US

Position Type:  Temporary
Schedule Type:  Part-Time
Hourly Rate:  $21.28

The Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital (VPCH) is seeking a part-time Psychiatric Admissions Specialist. This is a multi-faceted position that is involved in the admission and discharge process for patience of the facility. The Incumbent will interview patients upon arrival to assess awareness of their status and to explain their rights and will subsequently distribute all required patient information to other hospital personnel. This is a long-term temporary position with no set end date, and is expected to be at least 16 hours per week, with additional hours available as coverage is needed.


Duties include, but not limited to:

  • Receives referrals for admission of involuntary mental health patients statewide
  • Ensures all available community resources have been exhausted, proposed admissions meet hospital criteria, correct procedures have been followed, and that referral has been approved by an authorized applicant
  • Safeguards patient valuables and tracks additions and removals
  • Updates the electronic Bed Board in real time
  • Provides technical assistance and data reporting to the care management team to facilitate information flow and transfer of patients under the care and custody of the Commissioner of Mental Health
  • Detail oriented collection of data and basic analytic reports associated with referrals, hospitalization admission and disposition criteria, legal status, involuntary medication, and emergency procedures for all persons in the care management system
  • Sends daily morning updates to all members of the care management system
  • Receives requests for patient Transport/Supervision
  • Primary point of contact for all emergencies at VPCH
  • Monitors paging system and pages staff as necessary for an emergency situation
  • Provides Reception coverage after normal business hours and during staff shortages
  • Provides back up coverage and support for Medical Records by obtaining copies of records for new admissions and copying records as needed
Who May Apply

This position, Psychiatric Admissions Specialist - Temporary (Job Requisition #1860), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Julie Vose at

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.


This is a temporary position. Temporary work is typically for variable hours, and is not expected to be full-time. The State does not guarantee 40 hours of work per week.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in an office setting, but with constant interruptions from telephone calls, visitors, and staff requiring assistance. Incumbents may be assigned to different shifts as required to provide 24-hour coverage and may be the sole representative of the Hospital readily available to the public. Extensive interaction with patients and with their family members in emotional situations may entail some danger and significant discomfort.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or equivalent AND two (2) years or more as a Mental Health Specialist at Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital


Two (2) years of full-time college coursework or an Associate's degree in nursing, psychology, social work, or a field closely related to mental health AND one (1) year or more of experience in direct client service to mentally ill patients.

AHS Affirmative Recruitment

The Vermont Agency of Human Services strives to build a diverse and inclusive community. It is our fundamental belief that in order to create and sustain a healthier Vermont, we as an organization must honor the cultures, beliefs and values of those we serve in order to foster an environment of mutual respect, acceptance and equal opportunity.  We are committed to building and maintaining a multicultural and diverse workforce which reflects the increasing diversity of Vermont. To view the State of Vermont's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy, please click here.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Nearest Major Market: Barre
Nearest Secondary Market: Montpelier