The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), Division of Forensic Services is recruiting to fill Psychiatric Examiner (Psychologist) positions located in various locations statewide. These positions conduct psychiatric evaluations of individuals who are statutorily referred for civil management consideration under the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act (SOMTA). Incumbents review records, conduct and interpret actuarial risk assessments, complete clinical face-to-face interviews, generate reports and provide expert testimony in court for evaluations relative to assisting in the determination of the presence of a mental abnormality and whether civil confinement or intensive community supervision and treatment is appropriate, annual evaluations concerning the need for continued confinement, and determination of the level of dangerousness in identified community treatment cases. Incumbents work as part of a clinical team and interface with staff at OMH and other State and local agency personnel.
New York State has a large, multi-faceted mental health system that serves more than 700,000 individuals each year. The Office of Mental Health (OMH) operates psychiatric centers across the State. Forensic mental health services are overseen by the Division of Forensic Services within OMH. Mental health services for justice-involved individuals are part of system of care that includes:
- three accredited secure forensic psychiatric centers and one regional forensic unit
- prison-based mental health satellite units
- residential programs located within prison facilities
- secure treatment and rehabilitation facilities for the care and treatment of individuals confined under the sex offender civil management initiative
- community-based training and technical assistance services for local governmental units, including Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training and diversion services
Pay & Benefits:
The salary these positions is $140,492 annually. A generous benefit package includes: paid vacation, personal, and sick leave; paid holidays; Medical, Prescription, Dental, and Vision care benefits; Membership in the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System; and various savings plan programs.
In order to be eligible for appointment, candidates must be licensed and currently registered to practice psychology in New York State AND have:
- One year of pre- or post-licensure experience in the clinical assessment of the sex offender population, where clinical assessment entails the use of diagnostic tools and techniques to make a determination/ recommendation regarding the effectiveness of an overall treatment plan in reducing the likelihood of recidivism and/or harm, the assessment of treatment needs, the assessment of treatment progress, and/or the assessment of risk;*
- Two years of pre- or post-licensure experience in the clinical assessment of a forensic population, where clinical assessment entails the use of diagnostic tools and techniques to make a determination/recommendation regarding the functional status of an individual, the effectiveness of an overall treatment plan in reducing the likelihood of recidivism and/or harm, the assessment of treatment needs and/or progress, and/or forensic assessments of individuals involved in the legal or criminal justice system.*
* Experience, as described, gained for those authorized to practice psychology under Article 153 of the New York State Education Law (http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/psych/article153.htm) or the equivalent statute in other states is considered qualifying.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume via email to Nicole Landry at OMHHRM@OMH.NY.GOV. Please reference Vacancy ID #121066A.
Candidates are advised that, should they accept a job with OMH, they will be required to be fingerprinted and pay a fingerprint fee. NYS Office of Mental Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
The Mission of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is to promote the mental health of all New Yorkers, with a focus on providing hope and supporting recovery for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances. Applicants with lived mental health experience are encouraged to apply. OMH is deeply committed to supporting underserved individuals, organizations and communities. To this end, OMH is focused on implementing activities and initiatives to reduce disparities in access, quality, and treatment outcomes for underserved populations. A critical component of these efforts is ensuring OMH is a diverse and inclusive workplace where the unique attributes and skills of all employees are valued and utilized to support the mission of the Agency. OMH is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
For complete vacancy details, please see the following link: https://statejobs.ny.gov/public/vacancyDetailsView.cfm?id=121066.