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New York State Civil Service Mental Health Program Specialist 2 – Multiple Positions, Central Office; in Albany, New York


Agency Mental Health, Office of

Title Mental Health Program Specialist 2 – Multiple Positions, Central Office;

Occupational Category Other Professional Careers

Salary Grade 23

Bargaining Unit PS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary Range From $84156 to $106454 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 10%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address NYS Office of Mental Health

75 New Scotland Avenue

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12208

Minimum Qualifications Transfer Opportunity:Candidates must have permanent service as a Mental Health Program Specialist 2, Grade 23, and be eligible for lateral transfer; OR be eligible to transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law by having at least one year of permanent service in a qualifying title within two salary grades of the Grade 23 level.55b/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 will also be considered. In addition to a current 55b/c eligibility letter, candidates must possess a bachelor's or higher degree in a qualifying field as detailed below* AND three years of professional clinical or administrative experience in a mental health program. Please provide a copy of your eligibility letter with your application.*Qualifying degrees: 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

Duties Description The Office of Mental Health (OMH) is recruiting to fill multiple Mental Health Program Specialist 2, G-23, positions in the Division of Forensic Services (DFS), Diversion Center. The Diversion Center’s mission is to support jurisdictions in the development, implementation, evaluation and replication of initiatives to the reduce arrest and incarceration of persons with serious mental illness (SMI). The general services provided by the Diversion Center are the assessment of local resources, current practices, and gaps in services through sequential intercept mapping; researching, training and technical assistance for the identification and diversion of justice-involved mentally ill individuals from incarceration; and researching, training and technical assistance to develop and sustain Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs in communities throughout NYS. Aligning to Build Lasting Engagement (ABLE) – The ABLE team is a new initiative for the Diversion Center. The ABLE team will focus on individuals known to cycle through shelter, hospitals, jails, and prisons. This team will be responsible for establishing and monitoring data shared by law enforcement, correctional entities, hospitals, and providers to facilitate connections to services, including housing, and will collaborate with OMH regional field offices, local mental health providers, local law enforcement agencies, and other community stakeholders. The ABLE team will work with select pilot counties and then expand to additional counties in future years. Job duties include, but are not limited to:• Facilitate Sequential Intercept Mapping (SIM) to identify and understand the scope of services available in the local community, identify gaps in services, and make recommendations for system changes/service needs to address identified gaps.• Collaborate with service providers to develop individualized plans to address barriers to treatment• Conduct outreach to providers to address client disengagement• Contribute to the development and implementation of innovative engagement strategies.• Facilitate routine meetings with local stakeholders to discuss high utilizer cases and system issues, including barriers to engagement and connection to services; develop solutions to address system barriers in coordination with local partners.Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) - Recent investments have been made to expand CIT, which have been shown to result in better outcomes when law enforcement respond to individuals in mental health crisis. Specifically, CIT has been shown to reduce arrest and increase connections to mental health services. This position will assist with exanding CIT training statewide and provide law enforcement with additional support, technical assistance, and resources. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:• Oversee the development of curricula; develop new training initiatives to support CIT expansion; modify existing programs based on an assessment of program needs.• Create, implement, and provide enhanced scenario-based training for officers.• Organize and coordinate a statewide CIT conference to ensure jurisdictions have access to cutting edge research and best practices.• Develop curriculum that supports the overall CIT initiative.• Expand and create new CIT modules/training on officer wellness and resilience and other identified areas.Court-Based Mental Health Navigators – These Navigators will aim to support individuals with mental health needs who are in the community and involved in the criminal justice system by offering voluntary connection to community and county behavioral health resources to support health, wellness, and recovery. The MHPS 2 will:• Assist in planning, development, and implementation of the Navigator programs.• Monitor and evaluate activities to ensure new and ongoing programs are implemented according to OMH guidance and best practices.• Review reports from other states and experts in mental health/criminal justice diversion to assess performance of models used. • Draft policies and ensure all practices and protocols are in accordance with best practices, state laws, and OMH guidance. • Identify gaps in services and assist in developing corrective action plans to ensure individuals with mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system are connected to treatment services. • Collaborate with OMH field offices and local county mental health and criminal justice stakeholders to initiate partnerships and address system gaps and/or barriers.• Develop a resource network of mental health providers and programs that work with individuals involved in the criminal justice system as well as diversion programs.• Monitor and evaluate the quality of services provided. Collect and manage data to be utilized in quality improvement projects. Prepare comprehensive reports. • Consult with, and provide expert technical assistance and guidance to, OMH staff, other State and local agencies, and the Navigators.

Additional Comments The Division of Forensic Services is conveniently located in independent offices on the grounds of the Capital District PC at 75 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, New York. Guaranteed covered parking is available for $5 per month.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.This position may be designated 55 b/c and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility.

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Name Nicole Landry


Fax (518) 486-3897



Street NYS Office of Mental Health

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12229

Notes on Applying To be considered for this position, interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format to Please include the title of the position and Vacancy ID #162623 in the subject line of your email when applying. If you are interested in a specific Team above (i.e. ABLE, CIT, Court-Based Mental Health Navigators), please note this in your cover letter. General submissions with interest in any or all Diversion Center vacancies are also welcome. You are advised that, should you accept a job offer with the Office of Mental Health, you may be required to be fingerprinted and pay a fingerprint fee.