Mental-Health Therapy Aide Trainee Jobs With State Start at $32,972

Language Skills Sought; Positions Statewide; No Fee and No Test; 12-Month Program

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The state is accepting applications from qualified individuals on a continuous basis for Mental Health Therapy Aide Trainees. The positions, with the  Office of Mental Health, are located throughout the state. The salary is $32,972. There is no application fee.

The posts are available to English speakers, as well as to those who speak Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and through manual communication. 

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.

The Position

Mental Health Therapy Aide Trainees provide direct services, treatment, rehabilitation and support to individuals diagnosed with mental illness who receive services in an institutional or community-based setting. They help individuals participate in games and recreational programs; coach and encourage individuals to develop daily living skills; and provide a clean, safe and comfortable environment. 

They work with other staff to develop, carry out and record care plans, and in accordance with special instructions administer medication. This position can be physically demanding. Trainees need to be prepared to act to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff in emergency situations and must be able to bend, stretch and stand for long periods of time.

Trainees are required to satisfactorily complete all requirements of a 12-month program before they can become a Mental Health Therapy Aide. 

Upon initial appointment, an appointee’s performance in prescribed training and development programs will be observed and evaluated. The  program includes extensive on-the-job training and carefully designed and monitored work experience. 

Initial training will be on the day shift (in order to be included in canvasses for these positions, applicants should ensure their shift preferences include day shift). However, at the conclusion of their initial training period, the permanent assignment may be to any shift and is likely to be for the evening or night shift, with weekend hours required. 

To Qualify

On or before the date of filing applications, candidates must have a high school diploma, equivalency diploma or similar equivalency such as a General Education Development Certification or higher degree.

Office of Mental Health employees who meet the minimum qualifications will have an application for the promotion examination for Mental Health Therapy Aide Trainee automatically submitted.

Those applicants who pass examinations for Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish or manual communication languages will be required to demonstrate their proficiency at a level that will ensure their ability to perform the position’s duties. 

Prior to appointment, candidates will be required to participate in a drug-screening test and to have their physical and medical conditions evaluated to ensure that they are able to perform the duties of this position. 

Depending on assignments, appointees may be required to possess a valid driver's license.

Exam Subject 

There will be no written test. Those who meet the minimum qualifications will have their education and experience evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position. The examination requires completion of an online application

Answers to the application will be the only basis for scores, which must be 70 or higher to pass. 

Applicants who pass will have their seniority credit(s), if any, included in the computation of their scores. 

Complete information on qualifications, application requirements and procedures is available at

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