Colorado State Mental Health Clinician II in Pueblo, Colorado

Mental Health Clinician II

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Mental Health Clinician II

Salary

$4,018.00 - $4,895.00 Monthly

Location

Pueblo, CO

Job Type

Full Time

Department

Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IIB 03913 12/07/2018

Closing

12/12/2018 11:00 PM Mountain

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Department Information

Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP)

As a cornerstone of the Pueblo community for over a century, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo is a leading employer, provider of quality mental health services, and a community partner.In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans

  • Medical and Dental Health Plans

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short and Long-Term Disability coverage

  • Vacation and Sick Leave

  • 10 Paid Holidays per year

As a cornerstone of the Pueblo community for over a century, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo is a leading employer, provider of quality mental health services, and a community partner.

In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans

  • Medical and Dental Health Plans

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short and Long-Term Disability coverage

  • Vacation and Sick Leave

  • 10 Paid Holidays per year

The Robert L. Hawkins Building is a high security setting that provides comprehensive psychiatric and medical evaluation and treatment by a multi-disciplinary treatment team. This includes: 24 hour nursing care and assessment; psychiatric intervention and evaluation; psychological services; psycho-social services; occupational therapy, educational and vocational rehabilitation services and recreational therapy. Patients are admitted from throughout the state from correctional, state mental health systems, and other community facilities for long and short term treatment under court authority, as well as transfers from within CMHIP. Legal statuses of patients include 27-65 Civil commitments (M-1, M-3, Short and Long Term certifications); Dual Diagnosed (Substance Abuse and Mentally Ill); Developmental Disability/Mentally Ill; Incompetent to Proceed (ITP); Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity or Impaired Mental Condition (NGRI or NGR-IMC); court ordered evaluations for Sanity, Sex Offender issues, Competency; and Correctional transfers from Department of Corrections. Treatment focus ranges between acute/emergent issues to more long-term progressive treatment such as medication stabilization, specific behavior and ITP educational groups. Legal status of patients may include ITP, NGRI, NGR-IMC, Sanity exams, IMC exams, Competency exams.

Description of Job

Job Assignment:

Provide milieu management, treatment and supervision of patients during treatment activities in the Hawkins treatment mall; crisis intervention when required to maintain safety to patients and staff.

Provides patient teaching with a co-facilitator; co-facilitate in various group therapies; escorts' patients to and from units, restroom, etc.

Provides accurate documentation of the patient's behaviors if crisis occurs in the mall. Provide safety/security sweep of group rooms before and after groups are held. Participates in required in-services and training to maintain job duties and responsibilities.

Works with co-facilitators, Director of Clinical Departments and Hospital Police to address, facilitate and implement specific policy and guidelines to maintain a safe milieu in the treatment mall.

Job Duties:

  • Monitors and facilitates the provision of a therapeutic, safe milieu which is crucial to productive treatment in the Robert L. Hawkins (RLH) Treatment Mall. . Provide safety/security of environment for patients and staff to include management of high-risk patients, controlling acute critical situations, and general milieu management, including escorting patients throughout the mall.

  • Monitors patient location and condition at all times according to hospital policy.

  • Utilizes therapeutic interventions and specialized training to control and manage crisis situations and management of assaultive and disruptive behaviors.

  • Utilizes proper verbal de-escalation skills and CTI procedures when needed in accordance with hospital policy and procedure.

  • Maintains current knowledge of rights of patients and techniques most effective in dealing with patients on an individual basis.

  • Provides 20-25 hours per week of group and individual services as a facilitator/co-facilitator. Works with treatment mall staff developing and implementing various focused groups such as Anger Management, Recovery, Cognitive Behavioral, Restoration focused groups.

  • Utilizes interviewing/counseling techniques under supervision of co-facilitator (psychiatrist, psychologist, and social worker), according to the individual patient's POC. Teaches patients on how to manage stress and anger by utilizing de-escalation skills.

  • Upgrades and maintains current knowledge of all aspects of mental illness by attending available in-services at CMHIP and outside workshops. Receives de-escalation skills training designed to manage and assist in controlling combative patients and milieu management. Attends in-services involving safety, and new trends in therapeutic techniques.

  • Consistently acts as a patient advocate.

  • Maintains a level of proficiency by renewing basic clinical intervention skills, CPR and safety methods as required.

  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associates Degree in a field of study related to the work assigned to the position. AND Two (2) years of experience providing therapeutic and related services to mental health patients in a mental health or behavioral setting (part-time experience will be prorated).

Substitution:

Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for- year basis.

Additional appropriate education will substitute for the experience requirement on a year-for- year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Documented experience in facilitating/co-facilitating 20 + hours per week of therapeutic groups with forensic/mentally ill patients;

  • Bachelor, Masters, Licensed in the field of counseling;

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;

    Conditions of Employment:

  • Current and valid Colorado driver's license

  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process as this position is deemed to have direct contact with vulnerable persons. Felony convictions, conviction of crimes of moral turpitude, or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the CDHS Background Unit with an official disposition of any charges. Additionally, you will be required take and pass a drug screen

  • Normal hours 8-5 but may include weekends

Appeal Rights:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

"ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date."

Supplemental Information

Selection Process

Applicants are encouraged to attach a cover letter and resume to help further define and differentiate the skills they bring to the position. Please remember that these items are a supplement to your application and do not replace it as you will still need to complete each section of the application in its entirety. Using phrases such as "see resume" will not meet the requirement for completing the application.

The selection process will consist primarily of a review of your applications against the minimum, preferred qualifications and supplemental questions for this position. Applications will be reviewed in comparison to all others in the applicant pool in order to identify a top group of candidates who may be invited for a final interview. Depending on the size of the applicant pool, additional selection processes may be utilized to identify a top group of candidates. Applicants will be notified of their status via email.

Please be aware the application review is based solely upon the information provided in your application packet, especially the Work Experience and Supplemental Questions sections of your application. Therefore, it is imperative that you provide extensive detail in these sections of your application.

Note: Transfers, voluntary demotions are required to apply and participate in the selection process.

Additionally, the eligible list established from this announcement may be used to fill multiple positions within the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo. Current staff who has previously applied for the position under different announcements must reapply.

THE CAMPUS OF THE COLORADO MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE AT PUEBLO IS TOBACCO FREE