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State of Massachusetts Residential Mental Health Worker- (MHW I) in Taunton, Massachusetts

The Southeast Area On Grounds Adult Residential Program is seeking talented individuals who have the ability to develop therapeutic relationships with Person Served to assist in developing meaningful Community Service Plans that will meet their life goals. A professional atmosphere and performance is expected at all times. Documentation of Person Served progress and communication is an essential duty. Maintaining a Person Centered and Trauma Informed approach fosters an environment where individuals can work on achieving their goals and dealing with any barriers to their progress. This position requires transportation of clients to appointments and other community activities. _Please Note:_The position is 40 hours per week on the 2nd shift. The selected candidate will work 2:45pm to 11:15pm. The days off are Tuesday and Wednesday. _Duties and Responsibilities (these duties and responsibilities are not all inclusive):_ * Works as primary advocate by providing direct one to one contact with assigned person served to assist them in all areas and to aid them in the implementation of their Community Service Plan. * Appropriate record keeping to ensure documentation in the EMR of person served progress and to ensure compliance with existing DMH regulations and procedures. * Adheres to MAP policies and procedures to ensure that medication is administered safely to person served. * Assist person served in development of independent living skills, such as personal hygiene, cooking, housekeeping, clothing maintenance, and nutrition by utilizing motivational interviewing skills and counseling techniques, role modeling and/or other individualized or group best practices to promote person served growth. * Engage persons individually and/or in group, in the development of recreational, educational, health and fitness activities within the program and the community to foster an improved quality of life. * Promote emotional growth and mental stability by assisting with use of Safety and Crisis Plans to promote independence in managing crisis. * Provide an oral report to the oncoming shift; reading and writing all pertinent information in the log and communication with person in charge all required and necessary information to facilitate communication and provide for continuity of care. * Ongoing yard, house and vehicle maintenance, and cleaning to ensure that the condition of GLE site/yard meets Rehab Option, Licensing and Human Rights standards.. * Act in a professional, courteous and respectful manner in dealing with persons served, families, coworkers and other service providers. * Maintain an environment of respect, privacy and quality of service to uphold the rights of persons served. Assist persons to file complaints when needed. _Required Qualifications:_ * Ability to read, write, speak and comprehend English to communicate effectively with a diverse group of employees, supervisors, clients, expressing thoughts clearly and developing ideas in logical sequence. * Ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain harmonious working relationships. * Ability to remain calm, rational and react quickly and effectively in emergency situations. * Ability to work as a member of a Team. * Ability to work with people who are under physical and/or emotional stress and exercise patience, empathy and understanding. * Ability to establish rapport and deal tactfully with persons from varied ethnic, cultural or economic backgrounds. * Ability to receive and respond appropriately to supervision. * Possession of a current and valid Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license required for this function. _Preferred Qualifications:_ * High School diploma * Experience and/or knowledge of human services * MAP Certification _Special Requirements:_ Please note in accordance with an agreement between the commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Mental Health and AFSCME/Council 93, employees assigned to a work unit where the Medication Administration program (MAP) is used are required to pass MAP certification with 6 months of entering the position or 3 examination opportunities, whichever comes first. Employees are required to maintain MAP certification as long as you are working in said program. _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 weekends and holidays, and may work extended hours. _DMH Mission Statement:_ On Grounds Program is part of the Taunton/Attleboro Site that transitions clients from an inpatient setting to a more independent community living setting. The Program is staffed 24 hours a day/ 7 day a week. We aspire to create an environment which promotes growth and independence for patients, families, and employees alike. _Total Compensation:__ _ As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program _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 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. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. 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: *Residential Mental Health Worker- (MHW I) * Location: *Massachusetts-Taunton-60 Hodges Avenue Requisition ID: 210006BA