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State of Massachusetts Mental Health Worker - Seasonal 3rd shift in Fall River, Massachusetts

The Dr. John C. Corrigan Mental Health Center is seeking dedicated and compassionate individuals for the Seasonal Position of Mental Health Worker I who desire a rewarding career making a difference in the lives of individuals. Our ideal candidate for this position will assist professional staff in providing day-to-day direct care to individuals on a 16-bed secured inpatient unit with serious and persistent mental illness. The MHW, supervised by the RN and LPN, assists professional staff in providing direct care treatment for mentally ill clients in an acute care setting by providing programmatic direct care services daily while instructing and assisting clients in learning skills of daily living to promote independence. The selected candidate will possess strong therapeutic interpersonal skills to encourage and motivate individuals in their recovery to work towards treatment goals.

_Please Note: “This is a Seasonal position for an anticipated duration of 90 days” and is 40 hours per week._* The selected candidate will work 11:00pm to 7:00am with Rotating Weekends. *

  1. Position # 00264609 Days off are Week I Su/Thu, Week II Tu/Sat

  2. Position # 00264610 Days off Week I Tu/Sat, Week II Sun/Thu.

_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties and responsibilities are not all inclusive):_

  • Provides programmatic direct care services, instructing and assisting patients/clients in learning the skills of daily living and foster independence in feeding, bathing, toileting, dressing, grooming and self-preservation.

  • Assists professional staff in the implementation of habilitative/rehabilitative behavioral and recreational programs by reporting observations about patient/client behavior, needs, desires and problems, providing information and making recommendations concerning the patient/client and their treatment plan.

  • Organizes, provides and encourages patients/clients to participate in active treatment/leisure activities, including working on goals identified on their treatment plan.

  • Completes regular observational safety checks, environmental risk assessments and 1:1 observation duties, reporting changes in patient status to charge nurse.

  • Responds to behavioral and medical emergencies utilizing principles of restraint reduction, de-escalation, debriefing as well as basic first aid and CPR.

_Required Qualifications:_

  • Knowledge of the English language and ability to follow and provide both written and oral instructions and reports.

  • Ability to write clearly and concisely and maintain accurate records.

  • Capacity to gather information through observing and questioning individuals and examining records and documents.

  • Capability to maintain a calm manner in stressful or emergency situations and exercise sound judgment.

  • Skilled in writing clearly, communicating effectively and developing ideas in logical sequence.

  • Demonstrated experience in the ability to understand, apply and explain the laws, rules, regulations, guidelines and policies governing assigned unit activities.

  • Capability to lift and carry heavy objects or persons and participate in CPR and restraint.

  • Demonstrated competence in establishing rapport and dealing tactfully with persons from varied ethnic, cultural or economic backgrounds or with those who are under physical and /or emotional stress.

_Preferred Qualifications:_

  • Bilingual (Portuguese, Spanish, Khmer) or multilingual.

  • Experience working with individuals with serious mental illness, behavioral or mood disturbances in an inpatient setting.

  • Trained in de-escalation and nonviolent crisis intervention procedures.

  • Experience working in facilities that are accredited and inspected by The Joint Commission, Department of Public Health, Board of Health, Department of Mental Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

  • Certified Nursing Assistant training or experience in providing direct care and assistance with activities of daily living.

  • Current & valid driver's license from Massachusetts or other state.

_Working Conditions:_

  • While performing the duties of this position, incumbents work under stressful situations and under time pressures.

  • Applicants may be exposed to verbal and/or physical confrontations and potentially dangerous environments.

  • Incumbents will work nights, weekend days and holidays, and may work extended hours.

_DMH Mission Statement:_

The Dr. John C. Corrigan Mental Health Center / Fall River Site provides comprehensive services to adults and children. Programs include a 16-bed acute in-patient unit, Case Management, Day Treatment Program and Adult Community Clinical Services. Our mission is to provide person centered care to individuals of diverse backgrounds. We always aspire to create an environment which promotes recovery, resiliency, growth and independence for those we serve and their families as well as to create an environment where employees can learn and grow.

_Pre-Hire Process:_

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact Human Resources at (508) 977-3120.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: None.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: None.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Direct Care

Organization: *Department of Mental Health

Title: Mental Health Worker - Seasonal 3rd shift

Location: Massachusetts-Fall River-49 Hillside Street

Requisition ID: 200006O5

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