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.
Are you interested in a career where you can receive personal fulfillment while making a difference? If so, we invite you to discover this outstanding opportunity to join our dedicated team!
The DMHAS, Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) is currently recruiting for a Mental Health Assistant 2 within the Hispanic Clinic. This position is located at 34 Park Street, New Haven, CT. It is full-time, 35 hours weekly. The work schedule is 1st shift, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The position number is 75775. This is a Spanish-speaking position.
The Hispanic Clinic provides culturally appropriate and recovery oriented mental health and addiction services to the Latino/a community. We are committed to fostering an environment of wellness, empowerment, professionalism and collaboration. Since its inception in 1973, the Hispanic Clinic has served the mental health and addiction needs of the monolingual Latino community of the greater New Haven area. The Clinic staff is bilingual/bicultural and representative of the diversity of the Latino cultures. Clients are self-referred or referred by a variety of health and human service agencies in the community.
In this role you will discover the opportunity to:
- Function as a member of the Hispanic Clinic Team providing intensive case management services to Hispanic Clinic clients;
- Provide supportive services to facilitate engagement in treatment, i.e., community outreach, transportation to clinic appointments, etc.
- Facilitate client ability to become involved in meaningful activity, i.e., social/leisure activities, vocational opportunities, etc.
- Organize and lead individual or group social/recreational activities to increase client involvement in social experiences, and providing supportive opportunities to assist them in practicing social skills;
- Facilitate coordination of services with clients’ families; and
- Participate in Hispanic Clinic Team meetings and collaborative service planning meetings to review client progress and set work priorities.
Our vision is to treat people with mental illness in their communities, provide a place for researchers from many fields to find new treatments, and teach professionals in the care of mental illness. CMHC is an urban community mental health center with an exceptional 30-year tradition of serving individuals with serious mental illness.
We participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off! We encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees.
This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications – as listed on the job opening – will be considered for this role, as determined by qualifications stated on the submitted application.
The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and 13G (3a).
The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account.
This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting’s closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question’s expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user’s spam. .
Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Doreen Clemson at Doreen.Clemson@ct.gov or (860) 785-9855
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.
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.
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.
Three (3) years’ experience at the level of Mental Health Assistant 1.
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.
Our preferred candidate will be Spanish-speaking.
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.