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Residential Mental Health Worker

Company: State of Massachusetts
Location: Fall River
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

The Fall River Adult Community Clinical Services Program (ACCS) is seeking dedicated and compassionate individuals for the position of Residential Mental Health Worker (MHW I), who desire a rewarding career making a difference in the lives of individuals. Our ideal candidate for this position will provide day-to-day care to individuals by providing rehabilitative services to persons with major mental illness in the ACCS program, while instructing and assisting clients in learning skills of daily living to promote independence. The selected candidate will possess strong therapeutic interpersonal skills to encourage and motivate individuals in their recovery to work towards treatment goals.

Please Note: - The position is 40 hours per week on 2nd shift. The selected candidate will work 2:45pm to 11:15pm. The days off are Tuesday and Wednesday.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties and responsibilities are not all inclusive):

  • Provides rehabilitative services to persons with major mental illness in ACCS (residential).
  • Assist in the development and implementation of treatment plans for person served in building and using skills as well as accessing resources to achieve treatment goals, manage symptoms and live productive and meaningful lives.
  • Maintain a trauma informed person-centered atmosphere while engaging persons served in their Rehabilitation and Recovery.
  • Assist persons served in development of independent living skills, such as personal hygiene, nutrition, cooking, housekeeping, clothing maintenance, money management, and accessing/utilizing public transportation, by utilizing motivational interviewing skills, counseling techniques, role modeling and/or other individualized or group best practices to promote persons served growth.
  • Engage persons individually and/or in group, in the development of meaningful activities, such as recreational, educational, health and fitness activities within the program and the community to foster an improved quality of life.
  • Assist person served with utilizing coping strategies, natural supports and safety planning when necessary.
  • Knowledge of all medications used with the program, including their indications, risks and side effects and the ability to teach persons served about their medications and how to take them appropriately by utilizing Medication Administration Program (MAP) related material and training.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of person served Individual Action Plans through direct observation of the person served, full knowledge of the person served history and engagement with the person served in order to assist them in learning the necessary skills to live successfully in the community.
  • Transports or arranges transportation for persons served that need that level of service.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in a written format, expressing thoughts clearly and developing ideas in logical sequence.
  • Ability to perform simple arithmetic computations.
  • Ability to observe and record person served behavioral reactions and changes in usual patterns.
  • Ability to remain calm, rational and react quickly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Ability to interact with people who are under physical and/or emotional stress and exercise patience, empathy and understanding.
  • Ability to establish a rapport and deal tactfully with person from varied ethnic, cultural or economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to understand, apply and explain the laws, rules, regulations, procedures, guidelines and policies governing assigned unit activities.

Special Requirements:

  • MAP Certification - In accordance with an agreement between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Mental Health and AFSCME/Council 93, employees assigned to a work unit where the Medication Administration Program (MAP) is used are required to pass MAP certification within 6 months of entering the position or 3 examination opportunities, whichever comes first. Employees are required to maintain MAP certification as long as you are working in said program.
  • Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Driver's License or equivalent required for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual (Portuguese, Spanish, Khmer) or multilingual
  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Experience in the human service field and specifically experience with individuals with mental illness or other disabilities.

Working Conditions:

  • While performing the duties of this position, incumbents work under stressful situations and under time pressures.
  • Applicants may be exposed to verbal and/or physical confrontations and potentially dangerous environments.
  • Incumbents will work nights, weekend days and holidays, and may work extended hours.

DMH Mission Statement:

The Dr. John C. Corrigan Mental Health Center / Fall River Site provides comprehensive services to adults and children. Programs include a 16-bed acute in-patient unit, Case Management, Day Treatment Program and Adult Community Clinical Services. Our mission is to provide person centered care to individuals of diverse backgrounds. We always aspire to create an environment which promotes recovery, resiliency, growth and independence for those we serve and their families as well as to create an environment where employees can learn and grow.

Total Compensation:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium
  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance
  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
  • 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
  • Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs
  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Pre-Hire Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori.

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions, please contact Human Resources at (508) 977-3383.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.



An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Keywords: State of Massachusetts, Fall River , Residential Mental Health Worker, Other , Fall River, Massachusetts

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