NYS Office of Mental Health
Mental Health Program Specialist 1, Central Office;
Salary Grade: 18
Salary Range: From $63108 to $80248 Annually
Employment Type: Full-Time
Appointment Type: Permanent
Preferred experience includes individuals who have worked on workforce issues in the mental health community system in New York State.
Non-Competitive Qualifications for appointment under the NY HELPS Program:
A bachelor’s degree in child and family studies, counseling and community psychology, creative arts therapy, criminal justice, health administration, hospital administration, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, nursing, psychoanalysis, psychology, public administration, public health, public policy, recreation therapy, rehabilitation counseling, social work, sociology, or special education AND Two years of professional clinical* or administrative** experience in a federal or state operated, licensed, certified, or funded mental health program as described below.
A master’s or higher degree in child family studies, counseling and community psychology, creative arts therapy, criminal justice, health administration, hospital administration, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, nursing, psychoanalysis, psychology, public administration, public health, public policy, recreation therapy, rehabilitation counseling, social work, sociology, or special education AND One year of professional clinical* or administrative** experience in a federal or state operated, licensed, certified, or funded mental health program as described below.
*Professional clinical experience is defined as the direct care, treatment, or instruction of patients in a federal or state-operated, licensed, certified, or funded mental health program in the disciplines of psychology, counseling, and community psychology, social work, nursing, recreation therapy, rehabilitation counseling, mental health counseling, psychoanalysis, marriage and family therapy, or creative arts therapy.
**Professional administrative experience is defined as mental health program experience in the areas of budgeting, fiscal, business administration, and/or administrative planning; OR quality management; program evaluation; or experience in federal, state, or local government focusing on the planning, development, oversight, coordination, and operation of mental health programs.
Competitive Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must have permanent status as a Mental Health Program Specialist 1, Grade 18 and be eligible for lateral transfer; OR one year of permanent, competitive service in a title eligible for transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law.
Individuals with the score of 100 or higher on the current 2022 holding of the PCO eligible list who are interested in this vacancy, but did not receive a canvass letter, are encouraged to apply. Please note this in your cover letter. Please provide a copy of your test score with your response. Candidates must meet the Non-Competitive Qualifications listed above, and submit a copy of your transcript with your resume.
55 b/c Opportunity:
Individuals certified eligible for the 55b/c program under the Governor’s Program to Hire Persons/Veterans with Disabilities pursuant to Section 55b/c of the Civil Service Law AND possess a Bachelor’s degree will also be considered. Please provide a copy of your eligibility letter with your response. Candidates must meet the Non-Competitive Qualifications listed above, and submit a copy of your transcript with your resume.
Duties: The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is recruiting to fill a Mental Health Program Specialist 1, G-18, position assigned to the Office of Planning. Under the direct supervision of the Director of Workforce Development, the incumbent will assist with workforce development initiatives, including but not limited to, creating plans to address the needs of the mental health workforce in NYS, workforce recruitment and retention initiatives, pipeline initiatives for mental health professionals, including paraprofessionals and peer workers, and capacity building in community-based programs. The incumbent will assist in engaging with the community providers and interface with other parts of the agency working on workforce initiatives. The incumbent will support various initiatives from the Office of Planning as needed.
Specific duties to be performed may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Research best practices for increasing mental health workforce to be used in the development of the overall strategic plan.
• Gathers, reviews, and evaluates information from other states related to MH workforce.
• Gathers OMH data use data to drive workforce development activities. Review program trends/findings and recommend changes or support activities to expand or improve workforce development activities.
• Maintains documentation.
• Reviews reports and summarizes contents.
• Assists in the preparation, review, evaluation, and analysis of a variety of reports and other documents specific to the workforce assignment.
This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide Program (NY HELPS).
For the duration of the NY HELPS Program, this title maybe filled via a non-competitive appointment, which means no examination is required but all candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of the title for which they apply. At this time, agencies may recruit and hire employees by making temporary appointments. In May 2024, if a temporary NY HELPS employee is satisfactorily performing in the position, the appointment will be changed from temporary pending Civil Service Commission Action to permanent non-competitive and the official probationary period will begin.
At a future date (within one year of permanent appointment), it is expected employees hired under NY HELPS will have their non-competitive employment status converted to competitive status, without having to compete in an examination. Employees will then be afforded with all of the same rights and privileges of competitive class employees of New York State. While serving permanently in a NY HELPS title, employees may take part in any promotion examination for which they are qualified.
The salary listed applies to candidates appointed to Mental Health Program Specialist 1, SG-18. The salary for candidates appointed to Mental Health Program Specialist Trainee 1 starts at $47,925 and, for current New York State employees, is based on the candidate’s salary at the time of hire.
Specific scheduled hours and telecommuting availability for this position will be discussed during the interview process. Please note, employees are required to apply and obtain approval through management to telecommute according to operational needs and Agency Telecommuting Program Guidelines.
The Mission of the New York State Office of Mental Health is to promote the mental health of all New Yorkers, with a focus on providing hope and supporting recovery for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances. Applicants with lived mental health experience are encouraged to apply. OMH is deeply committed to supporting underserved individuals, organizations, and communities. To this end, OMH is focused on implementing activities and initiatives to reduce disparities in access, quality, and treatment outcomes for underserved populations. A critical component of these efforts is ensuring OMH is a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees’ unique attributes and skills are valued and utilized to support the mission of the Agency. OMH is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.