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Title:  Mental Health Specialist

Application Deadline Date:  09/27/2022
Req ID:  40245
Department:  Mental Health
Location: 

Middlesex, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $19.03

Overview

Pursuant to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Interim Final Rule regarding COVID-19 Vaccination, the Middlesex Therapeutic Community Residence (MTCR) is requiring all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination.  Those with a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief preventing vaccination can request an exemption without fear of retaliation or impact on job candidacy.  Such exemption must be approved by the State of Vermont prior to an effective start date with MTCR.  If you wish to request exemption, please indicate this at the time of your interview and the necessary paperwork will be provided to you.
 
Come join a team of dedicated and compassionate MHS's at the Middlesex Therapeutic Community Residence!
 
The Middlesex Therapeutic Community Residence (MTCR) is a seven-bed secure residential facility designed to provide a community-based aftercare option for people who are ready to discharge from a psychiatric hospital but still require considerable support in their recovery process.  The facility offers several outdoor areas for the residents to use; a small area for quiet meditation and a larger space that allows for playing basketball, relaxation and enjoying the fresh air, and the ability to engage in some gardening.  Within MTCR itself, there are two living rooms, a game room and a quiet room; each are appointed with comfortable couches and seating.  We believe in a holistic approach to mental health and wellness. We have musical instruments and art supplies on hand for residents who want to exercise their creative abilities. We encourage focusing on physical health and have an activity room that contains a treadmill and recumbent bicycle.
 
At MTCR, we encourage residents to collaborate with their treatment team in creating a strengths-based, recovery focused plan to address their individual challenges and goals.  Available treatment options include individual psychotherapy, psychiatric care, pet therapy, art therapy, and regularly scheduled group programming designed to help residents develop and implement skills that will help them integrate back to living their lives in their home communities.  Clinical staff at MTCR work closely with residents, their families, and designated agencies to ensure that transitions to community living are as smooth and planful as possible, taking care that residents are supported in meeting success on their journey to recovery.
 
*This facility is scheduled to transition to a new 16 bed facility in Essex Vermont that is currently under construction. Construction is scheduled to be completed by December 2022 and the anticipated transition date is March or April 2023.*

Who May Apply

This position, Mental Health Specialist (Job Requisition #40245), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact troy.parah1@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.

Minimum Qualifications

High School diploma or equivalent AND three (3) years or more of work experience, military service or college training INCLUDING one (1) year or more of experience in a human services setting.

OR

Associate's degree in a human services field AND one (1) year of work experience or military service.

OR

Bachelor's degree in a human services field.

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

Note: Employees in this class may be reallocated to the class of Associate Mental Health Specialist upon successful completion of Vera Hanks Program and two (2) years or more of direct clinical care experience as a Mental Health Specialist

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.

Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position. 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, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

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
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

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.


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