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State of Massachusetts Seasonal Mental Health Worker I in Worcester, Massachusetts

This is a seasonal position for an anticipated duration of 90 days. The Department of Mental Health (DMH) Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital is seeking dynamic candidates who will provide direct patient care services to individuals by participating and instructing activities of daily living including, but not limited to personal care, community integration and recreation/leisure to ensure daily needs, rehabilitation needs and human rights are met. Mental Health Workers treat all patients with dignity and respect through interactions which affirm the individual’s needs and preferences and by optimally integrating their perspective into all facets of care. Please note:The work schedule will vary. Below is a breakdown of available shifts: * 1st Shift 6:45 AM- 3:15 PM * 2nd Shift 2:45 PM- 11:15 PM * 3rd Shift 11:00 PM- 7:00 AM _Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):_ * Advocate for patients, faciliatate timely resolution of patient concerns and assist patients in the exercise of their rights. * Collaborates with patients on an individual basis or in small groups through therapeutic interventions and provides a safe milieu for all patients by monitoring patient activity to promote optimal stabilization and rehabilitation. * Provides/assists patients as needed with activities of daily living (ADL) and rehabilitative aspects of care to help ensure the health, comfort and safety needs of patients are being met. * Establishes rapport with patients and other staff by developing a good, cooperative working relationship to aid in improved patient care. * Communicates patients’ progress or regress by verbally reporting to the supervisor or designee, participating in treatment plan and nursing care plan meetings to ensure continuity of patient care. * Documents observations in patients’ records as directed in order to provide written follow through of verbal reports. * Supervises and/or assists patients in their performance of general housekeeping duties in assigned area to ensure a clean, safe, therapeutic environment. * Performs clerical duties, such as filing, making out requisitions and collecting data in order to maintain complete and accurate records to help expedite services. * Participates in continuing education/in-service programs designed to teach and upgrade mental health skills and knowledge and competency. * Performs additional duties relevant to the care, treatment, stabilization and rehabilitation of mentally ill patients as assigned to ensure optimal patient care delivery. _Required Qualifications:_ * Ability to follow written and oral instructions. * Capacity to perform basic mathematics. * Proven ability to gather information through observing and questioning individuals. * Talent for communicating effectively in oral expression, writing clearly and concisely, and developing ideas in logical sequence. * Skilled in interacting with people who are under emotional stress with the ability to maintain a calm manner in stressful or emergency situations. *Preferred Qualifications:* * Experience working with individuals with serious, persistent mental illness, substance abuse and/or who have experienced homelessness. * American Sign Language (ASL) * Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency _About Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH):_ Located on over 100 acres in Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) is part of an integrated network of effective, efficient and culturally competent mental health services. It provides intermediate and long-term inpatient care for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness who live in Massachusetts, as well as individuals requiring specialized court ordered evaluations. WRCH provides inpatient services to 260 inpatient adults, inclusive of a Deaf Inpatient Mental Health Service; 30 inpatient adolescents and 30 residential adolescents, in either an Intensive Residential Treatment Program (IRTP) or a Behavioral Intensive Residential Treatment Program (BIRT). _DMH Mission Statement:_ The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities. The Department establishes standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care to promote recovery. The Department sets policy, promotes self-determination, protects human rights and supports mental health training and research. _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 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 Shannon Biron, Human Resources, at 857-275-8667. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: None. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: None. Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Direct Care* *Organization: Department of Mental Health *Title: *Seasonal Mental Health Worker I Location: Massachusetts-Worcester - 309 Belmont Street Requisition ID: 210007PI