Mental Health Therapy Aide Positions Open (High School or GED Required, Entry Level)

The Mental Health Therapy Aide Position has opened. These positions work with the Office of Mental Health, SUNY Downstate and Upstate, and SUNY Stony Brook. The fee to apply is 25$. Click here to view more information and to apply online.

Duties

As a Mental Health Therapy Aide Trainee, you would provide direct services, treatment, rehabilitation, and support to individuals diagnosed with mental illness that receive services in an institutional or community-based setting. You would help individuals to participate in games and recreational programs; coach and encourage individuals to develop daily living skills; and provide a clean, safe, and comfortable environment. You would work with other staff to develop, carry out, and record care plans, and, in accordance with special instructions, you may administer medication. This position may be physically demanding. You would need to be prepared to act to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff in emergency situations. You must be able to do such things as bend, stretch, and stand for long periods of time.

Subject of Examination

There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:

Dealing with daily situations in an OMH setting – These questions test for the ability to apply common sense in dealing with daily situations encountered by Aides in OMH settings. No specific knowledge or training is needed to answer these questions.

Observing and recording situations of daily living – These questions test for the ability to accurately observe and record situations of daily living. Candidates will be given a brief description of a situation of daily living, followed by a number of sentences. Candidates must indicate whether or not the sentences factually and accurately describe the situation presented.

Understanding and applying written instructional material – These questions test for the ability to understand and apply written instructional material. Each question has two parts. The first part presents a short piece of instructional information. The second part describes a related situation. For each question, candidates must pick the one best answer, based on the instructional material and the situation presented.

Arithmetic for daily living – These questions test for the ability to use basic arithmetic in daily living situations encountered by Aides in OMH settings. The situations involve the application of simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division, as well as interpreting information from simple tables, to answer the problems presented.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans’ and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

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