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State of Massachusetts Mental Health Worker II in Boston, Massachusetts

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) is seeking dynamic candidates to fill the role of Mental Health Worker II at the Fenwood Inn. The Fenwood Inn is a 40-bed homeless shelter for individuals with mental illness. This position provides programmatic direct care services to clients, assists in the implementation of habilitative/rehabilitative, behavioral and recreational programs, performs client related housekeeping duties, maintains client related records, and provides leisure activities to clients. Mental Health Workers treat all residents of the Fenwood Inn 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:/ This position is 40 hours per week, 3rd shift (night). Hours are 12:00 am - 8:00 am, week 1 days off are Monday and Saturday, week 2 days off are Sunday and Monday. Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive): * At the beginning of each shift, staff person is assigned to specific client rooms to assist clients in organizing their space, completing their ADL’s, problem-solving, and communicating with other clients and staff. * Assists in intake duties for new clients, including welcoming clients, searching belongings, orienting them to the milieu, etc. * Plans, assigns and coordinates client schedules and services. * Provides programmatic direct care services in the skills of daily living by instructing and/or assisting clients in feeding, bathing, toileting, dressing, clothing, maintenance, oral and physical hygiene, self-preservation, etc., to ensure that the daily needs and the human rights of the clients are met. * Assists in the implementation of habilitative/rehabilitative behavioral and recreational programs, communicating to team about observations regarding client behavior, needs, desires or problems. * Provides assistance in office-related tasks such as copying, filing, etc. _Required Qualifications:_ * Knowledge of the English language * Ability to follow written and oral instructions * Ability to gather information through observing and questioning individuals * Ability to communicate effectively in oral expression * Ability to write clearly and concisely, expressing thoughts clearly and developing ideas in logical sequence * Ability to interact with people who are under physical and/or emotional stress * Ability to work in a team setting and in group situations * Ability to establish rapport and deal tactfully with persons from varied ethnic, cultural or economic backgrounds * Ability to maintain accurate records * Ability to gather information by examining records and documents * Ability to understand, apply, and explain the laws, rules, regulations, procedures, guidelines and policies governing assigned unit activities * Ability to life and carry heavy objects or persons _Preferred Qualifications:_ * Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency. _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. _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 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 regarding this posting announcement please contact HR/Customer Service at 617-626-9255 First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time or equivalent part-time experience in providing direct care service to the mentally ill, emotionally or physically handicapped, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. An Associate's degree or higher with a major in psychology, human services, mental health or retardation may be substituted for the required experience.* Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. *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: *Mental Health Worker II Location: Massachusetts-Boston-20 Vining Street Requisition ID: 2100069C