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
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
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
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.
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
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.