The state is accepting applications through Oct. 9 for Habilitation Specialists 1, including for Spanish-speakers. Tests for the positions, which exist statewide in the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, will be held Dec. 14.
The salary is $45,455.
Appointees who work in New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment. State residency is not required.
The fee is $35.
Habilitation Specialists 1 carry out a variety of activities in support of individuals diagnosed with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and assist them in developing pre-academic, academic, self-help, communication, pre-vocational and appropriate community skills.
They also assist in the development and evaluation of individual habilitation plans and setting goals; monitor and record individuals’ progress; provide guidance and training to direct care staff in the implementation of goals and service plans; and may supervise direct-care staff.
On or before Dec. 14, applicants must have either 1) a bachelor’s or higher-level degree in a human-services field and one year of direct-care or clinical experience where the primary focus is providing services to people with developmental disabilities, or 2) a master’s degree in a human-services field, such as in audiology, community mental health, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, vocational counseling, social work, speech/language pathology and therapeutic recreation (including concentrations in art, creative arts, dance, drama, music, or physical education).
Also included are related academic disciplines associated with the study of human behavior (e.g., gerontology, human services, sociology, speech communication); or human skills development (e.g., counseling/guidance, education, human development.) Those applicants who expect to meet the educational requirements by June 30, 2020, can be admitted to the written test, but cannot be considered for appointment until they submit proof of successful completion of the educational requirement at their interview.
All prospective employees will have their names checked against a Staff Exclusion List maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. They also will have their names investigated through a criminal background check. They may be screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment. Employees are responsible for any required fees.
There will be a written test designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as caring for individuals diagnosed with intellectual or developmental disabilities. These questions test for the knowledge and understanding of services that help an individual diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability to acquire, keep or improve, partially or fully, and at different points in life, skills related to communication and activities of daily living. Questions may cover such topics as assessing individual needs, linking individuals with community services, and developing and evaluating habilitation plans.
Other questions will test for applicants’ ability to understand and interpret written material. They will be presented with brief reading passages and asked questions about the passages.
A final passing score is 70. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime Veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to final scores.
More information on the position and testing requirements can be found online at www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/types/oc/. The test number for Habilitation Specialists 1 is 26-719 and test number for Habilitation Specialists 1 (Spanish Language) is 26-720.
We depend on the support of readers like you to help keep our publication strong and independent. Join us.