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Office of Mental Health

Community Mental Health Nurse

Duties:

As a Community Mental Health Nurse, you would work within the framework of a treatment team providing nursing services to individuals diagnosed with mental illness and their caretakers/families. You may visit the individual's home to identify factors in the social, psychological, and physical environment which may contribute to this individual's disability; make recommendations for emergency or continuing care; suggest alternative treatment plans; teach caretakers/family methods of dealing with emergencies; and provide advice on the availability of medical, social, and housing facilities for the individual in the community. You would intervene in crisis situations and administer emergency treatment; engage in treatment modalities such as health teaching, individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy, or milieu therapy as appropriate; work with appropriate community agencies as necessary and ensure a coordinated team treatment plan. You might supervise and counsel paraprofessional and professional personnel in community mental health activities and participate in the staff development and teaching program of the facility.

Minimum Qualifications:

You must be licensed and currently registered to practice nursing in New York State, or possess a limited permit to practice nursing in New York State. (You must obtain your New York State license within one year of the date of appointment or action will be taken to remove you from the position.)

And Either:

  1. a bachelor's or higher degree in one of the areas listed below*; and two years of professional clinical nursing experience, including at least one year as described below**;

    Or

  2. 30 college credits in the areas listed below* in addition to an associate's degree associate's degree in nursing or completion of a three-year nursing program (attach a copy of your college transcript(s) to your NYS-APP) and three years of professional clinical nursing experience, including at least one year as described below**.

*Acceptable areas include nursing, health care administration, public administration in a health care area, public health, community mental health, community mental health counseling, psychology, sociology, biology, social work or human services. The 30 credits may include up to two statistics courses. Courses/degrees in the physical education, recreation therapy, English, history, math, anthropology, languages, etc. are not acceptable.

**One year of experience in providing direct services to individuals diagnosed with mental illness, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, or alcohol or substance abuse in a Community Setting, e.g., a halfway house, visiting nurse, or a community clinic.

Substitution: A master's degree in community mental health may be substituted for this experience only.

To Apply:

Apply for Community Mental Health Nurse VacanciesLeaving OMH site

Community Mental Health Nurse is a continuous recruitment examination administered by the Department of Civil Service.

Candidates must complete a New York State Examination Application (NYS-APP) PDF DocumentLeaving OMH site for scoring by mailing to:

Application Processing
New York State Department of Civil Service
Albany, NY 12239

Appointments are made from the resulting eligible list.

Notes:

  1. The New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions is responsible for reviewing applications and granting licensure and registration to practice nursing in New York State. For information on license requirements and to obtain an application form, you may link to the Office of the Professions' Leaving OMH site website.

  2. If you fail to maintain your license and/or registration once you are appointed, action will be taken to remove you from the position.

  3. In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.

  4. If appointed you may be required to become an enrolled Medicare provider; obtain and provide to your employer a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number issued by the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES); and otherwise actively participate to the degree necessary to allow for your services to be billed through Medicare and Medicaid. If you are appointed and you lose the ability to bill through Medicare and Medicaid, you may be terminated from your employment.

  5. Your degree or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your degree or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. You must pay the required evaluation fee.

Background Investigation/Justice Center Review:

Prospective appointees will be:

  1. Checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s) if applicable.

  2. Investigated through a Criminal Background Check (CBC), which includes State and federal Criminal History Record Checks. All convictions must be reported; conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, or any falsified or omitted information on the prospective appointee’s employment application, may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case will be determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of State and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Prospective employees will be fingerprinted in order to obtain a record of their criminal history information, and may be required to pay any necessary fees.

  3. Screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Prospective employees may be required to pay any necessary fees. Additionally, prospective employees whose names are indicated on the SCR may be barred from appointment.

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Center for Human Resources Management.