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State of Massachusetts Mental Health Worker I D4 Patient Care Unit in Tewksbury, Massachusetts

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) is seeking dynamic candidates who will provide direct care services to individuals by participating and instructing activities of daily living including, but not limited to personal care, community integration and recreation/leisure to ensure daily needs, rehabilitation needs and human rights are met.

Mental Health Workers treat all patients with dignity and respect through interactions which affirm the individual’s needs and preferences and by optimally integrating their perspective into all facets of care.

Please note: This is a 40 hour per week position the incumbent will work the 2nd shift 3:00PM-11:30PM. Days off are week I: TUE/SAT, week II: SUN/THUR

*Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):*

  • Assists with activities of daily care, treatment and rehabilitation of homeless and mentally ill individuals.

  • Administers and/or assists clients in self-medication by following specific instructions concerning appropriate treatment as instructed by licensed medical personnel and/or MAP policies/procedures.

  • Assists professional or medical staff in providing services to clients as needed including, but not limited to obtaining prescription medications, participating in treatment plans, waiting for transportation services, etc.

  • Promotes the development of positive social skills through modeling appropriate behaviors and intervening when inappropriate behaviors are observed; ensure all human rights are met.

  • Assists in the general cleaning of residence and/or facility by performing housekeeping tasks to maintain a clean and safe environment.

  • Supports clients in scheduling appointments by providing guidance, necessary documentation, and providing transportation to aid in accessing appropriate and necessary services.

  • Attends and participates in all interdisciplinary meetings including, but not limited to, intershift, supervision, treatment planning, and training seminars.

  • Communicates individuals’ progress or regress by verbally reporting to the supervisor or designee, participating in treatment plan and nursing care plan meetings to ensure continuity of patient care.

  • Documents observations and notes in clients’ records as directed in order to provide written follow through of verbal reports; updates forms as needed.

*Required Qualifications:*

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.

  • Capacity to perform basic mathematics.

  • Proven ability to gather information through observing and questioning individuals.

  • Talent for communicating effectively in oral expression, writing clearly and concisely, and developing ideas in logical sequence.

  • Skilled in interacting with people who are under emotional stress with the ability to maintain a calm manner in stressful or emergency situations.

*Preferred Qualifications:*

  • Experience working with individuals with serious, persistent mental illness, substance abuse and/or who have experienced homelessness.

  • Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency.

*DMH Mission Statement:*

The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities. The Department establishes standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care to promote recovery. The Department sets policy, promotes self-determination, protects human rights and supports mental health training and research.

*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

  • 11 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 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 regarding this position please contact Carol Duggan at/Carol.Duggan@mass.gov/, or call (979)851-7321 ext. 2395

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

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 I D4 Patient Care Unit

Location: Massachusetts-Tewksbury-365 East Street

Requisition ID: 20000663

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