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Title:  Psychiatric Admissions Specialist - Temporary

Application Deadline Date:  04/14/2021
Req ID:  10542
Department:  Mental Health

Berlin, VT, US

Position Type:  Temporary
Schedule Type:  Part-Time
Hourly Rate:  $21.57

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. 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 from Designated Hospitals (DH), Care Managers, or QMHPs from one location (DH, Court, Home) to another location (DH, DOC). Faxes request, follow through to ensure delivery of request, and scheduling of requests. Notifies requesting agency of status of request.



Primary point of contact for all emergencies at VPCH. Monitors emergency line (x6777) and responds accordingly to medical / psychiatric emergencies. Liaison with emergency responders. Monitors all communications and elevates as necessary. Monitors paging system and pages staff as necessary for 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. Fields call for electronic medical record issues.


Interviews patients upon arrival to assess awareness of their status and to explain their rights. Distributes all required patient information to other hospital personnel. Enters patient information into automated systems and corrects errors and discrepancies. Produces reports as required. Notifies relevant parties in cases of discharge or elopement. Safeguards patient valuables and tracks additions and removals. Updates the electronic Bed Board in real time.

Who May Apply

This position, Psychiatric Admissions Specialist - Temporary (Job Requisition #10542), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

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.

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

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