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Mental Health Specialist II

Company: Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Location: Vernon
Posted on: June 11, 2021

Job Description:

Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the State Hospital System (SHS) may be just the place for you! The SHS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The SHS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan.

The Mental Health Specialist II works Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM pm the Multiple Disabilities Program.

The Mental Health Specialist II performs complex counseling or psychological work. The Mental Health Specialist works with some IDD male and female population that may be sex offenders. Clinically and administratively supervised by a licensed psychologist. Works under moderate supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Work involves psychological testing, group therapies; counseling; reporting and assessments, recovery team participation with duties of coordinating recovery planning. Works directly with Program Recovery Teams and involved in training of unit employees. Ensures that services are provided in accordance with ethical standards, departmental rules and standards of external agencies. Must understand that duties, location of work and shift pattern are subject to change and/or determined by administration to meet the needs of the Hospital. Must understand that duties may include exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material. Employee actively participates and/or serves in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Supports the mission and vision of the facility. Essential Job Functions:

Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. - (40%)

Performs psychological assessments/testing protocols as assigned in order to assist in recovery planning and outcome measures. Includes but not limited to psychological assessments, COPSD assessments, Aggression Typology assessments/reviews, other clinical referrals. - (35%)

Provides group and individual therapy to patients as assigned in order to maximize recovery effect. -(15%) Attends assigned committee meetings in order to participate in achieving the goals of the hospital. - (5%)

Physical ability to perform full contact TIPS and CPR - (5%). Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. Knowledge Skills Abilities:

Prefer knowledge of psychology and related disciplines; and of psychological tests, measures, and recovery techniques and practices. Prefer ability to interpret diagnostic interviews and test data. Prefer ability to conduct individual and group psychotherapy. Prefer ability to analyze behavioral deficits. Prefer ability to develop plans for implementing and monitoring rehabilitation activities and skill acquisition and behavior management. Prefer ability to maintain records of services and clients. Ability to perform CPR and TIPS. Bilingual preferred. Sign language preferred.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Must possess valid Texas driver's license or obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date. Applicants with an out-of-state driver's license must provide an original certified driving record from the state of driving licensure. Eligible driving record required based on HHSC Fleet Management policy.

Prefer license in a specialty area such as a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Initial Selection Criteria:

Holds a Master's Degree from a clinical psychology training program or a psychology program with an emphasis on psychological testing.

Demonstrated ability to communicate efficiently and professionally in both written and oral form, evidenced statements recorded on the application.

Forensic and/or psychiatric work experience.

Additional Information:

Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.

Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures.

All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process. MOS Code:

Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68X, 4C0X1. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

Keywords: Texas Health & Human Services Commission, Wichita Falls , Mental Health Specialist II, Other , Vernon, Texas

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