Our mission at the State of Connecticut
, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS
is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and
wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network
of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that
foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.
The DMHAS, River Valley Services (RVS
) seeks qualified individuals for the position of Mental
Health Assistant 2 within our Respite Unit. This position is located at 1000
Silver Street, Middletown, CT 06457. This
is a part-time position, 32 hours weekly. The work schedule is 2nd shift, 3:45 p.m. to
12:15 a.m., Week 1: Fri, Mon, Tues, Wed / Week 2: Sat, Sun, Wed, Thurs. The position number is 26313.
Respite is an eight bed short-term residential service for
individuals who are undergoing severe psychological distress, but who do not
require an inpatient level of care. Respite
clients are stepping down from hospitals or are there as part of a plan to
avoid hospitalization. They are at
heightened risk and in need of 24-hour care and support. Respite ensures the safety and well-being of
the clients and a successful transition in returning to the
In this role you will:
Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide
comprehensive client-centered services in a recovery oriented trauma-sensitive
Provide support and structure to clients in the Respite unit
which is short-term crisis stabilization/residential co-ed unit:
Monitor client activities and changes in mental status,
behaviors, coping skills and overall comfort level through observation, regular
contact and documentation;
Provide one to one trauma-sensitive interventions and
Facilitate and participate in activities on the unit to
support recovery including socialization, symptom management, stress reduction
and psycho-social education.
Please ensure that your application is complete and you have
included your resume within the "Resume Tab" of your
application. You will be unable to make
revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. At any point during the recruitment process,
applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which supports
their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include
performance reviews, attendance, supervisory references, college transcripts,
licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. You do not have to
attach these documents to your application submission.
Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment,
please contact Doreen Clemson at Doreen.Clemson@ct.gov
or (860) 262-7116.
In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee, who has permanent state status* and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period. For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent).
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services hospital, community behavioral health facility or program this class is accountable for leading Mental Health Assistants in the assessment, planning and implementation of paraprofessional nursing, clinical and/or rehabilitative interventions designed to support client short and/or long-term needs. In outpatient or community programs this class is accountable for independently performing the full range of paraprofessional functions in case management and crisis intervention services.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Participates in assigned nursing, clinical and/or rehabilitative interventions to meet client short and long-term needs; advocates for services or resources that meet client needs and preferences; observes and records client behavior; prepares incident and accident reports; monitors client progress; assists client with decision making and problem solving; assists client in learning and utilizing daily living skills, budgeting, medication monitoring and/or community adaptation skills; acts as a role model and instructs staff in crisis intervention techniques; develops goal directed relationships with individuals and/or groups; identifies and facilitates use of appropriate support networks; investigates alternative placement for client; participates in education and training activities to further skill development; participates in admission and discharge planning activities; protects civil rights of client; maintains a safe and healthy environment; may coordinate and direct programs and activities for a group of clients; performs related duties as required.
Community and/or Outpatient Programs: Functions as a team member of a case management or crisis intervention team; participates in assessment crisis, monitoring within facility or community at large (i.e. emergency rooms jails, homeless shelters, outpatients programs, etc.); provides individual, group and/or family supportive treatment under appropriate supervision; identifies and reinforces client skills, strengths, resources and preferences; applies accepted standards of nursing care to clients; participates in community outreach programs that include crisis intervention and family contact in home settings; identifies and accesses wide range of community resources; participates as a liaison to community agencies; makes arrangements for outpatient appointments; consults with care givers in other facilities regarding crisis intervention techniques; manages client behaviors through verbal communication when necessary; may problem solve with clients in community.
Inpatient Ward or Unit: Leads, trains and participates in training and development of Mental Health Assistants and other assigned employees; participates in developing and maintaining a therapeutic milieu; coordinates maintenance of a safe and healthy living environment; participates in meeting psychological and physical needs of client; identifies client strengths and assists in development of treatment plans; orients new client to ward or unit; participates in team nursing activities and development of nursing care and rehabilitation programs; may supervise self-administration of oral medications; may assist with data collection.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of psychiatric rehabilitation and/or case management principles, practices and procedures; considerable knowledge of acceptable standards of nursing care; knowledge of dynamics of human behavior; knowledge of hygiene and sanitation; knowledge of safety and fire procedures and security measures; knowledge of community resources and programs; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable communication skills; considerable counseling skills; observation skills; ability to lead staff; ability to supervise client activity; ability to interpret and implement agency and/or facility policies and procedures; ability to apply principles of therapeutic counseling under supervision; ability to develop curricula and instruct groups; organizational ability; ability to understand, interpret and carry out oral and written instructions.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Three (3) years' experience at the level of Mental Health Assistant 1.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training in mental health technology, a behavioral science, social work, rehabilitation therapy or its equivalent may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling six (6) months of experience to a maximum of two (2) years.
2. Completion of a mental health trainee certificate program may be substituted for six (6) months of the General Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
2 . Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain clients and may have significant exposure to infectious and/or /communicable diseases, strongly disagreeable conditions and risk of injury.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.