New York State Department of Civil Service Announces Examinations Open to All Qualified Individuals

Habilitation Specialist 1

Written Test To Be Held
December 01, 2007
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
October 09, 2007


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Open to Employees of Salary Salary Grade
00-128 Habilitation Specialist 1 Mental Ret & Dev Disabls, Off of $36,228 G-14
00-129 Habilitation Specialist 1 (Spanish Language) Mental Ret & Dev Disabls, Off of $36,228 G-14
Where necessary, the written test will be held on two days to ensure that the hospitals/facilities maintain adequate staffing levels. You may be assigned to take the test on either Saturday or Sunday (December 1 or 2). You cannot request a date in advance or change your date once it has been assigned.

An open-competitive examination, No. 24-871, is being held at the same time as this transition examination. Agencies have the option of making appointments from either list. If you meet the requirements for the open-competitive as well as the transition examination, you may wish to apply for both. The appropriate processing fee must be filed for the open-competitive examination.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before December 1, 2007, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service in a clinical or direct care position. For a list of qualifying titles write to the New York State Department of Civil Service, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S1KLB.

In addition, you must possess a bachelor's degree or higher in a human service field* or permanent New York State certification as a teacher.

* For the purpose of these examinations, a degree in a human service field includes the professional disciplines of audiology, community mental health, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, social work, speech/language pathology, and therapeutic recreation (including concentrations in art, dance, drama, music, or physical education). Also included are related academic disciplines associated with the study of human behavior (e.g., gerontology, human services, sociology, speech communication); or human skills development (e.g., counseling, education, human development).

If you were permanently appointed to a qualifying title on or before September 1, 2007, and have served continuously in this title since that date, you are eligible to file for this examination.

Qualifying Experience for Appointment from the Eligible List

After one year of the service described in the Minimum Qualifications, successful candidates will be qualified for appointment from the eligible list.

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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:

  1. Developing and implementing habilitation plans - These questions test for the ability to develop, implement and evaluate habilitation plans which address the needs of developmentally disabled individuals. Question topics may include assessing consumer needs and strengths; using this assessment to develop individualized habilitation goals and plans; selecting and applying appropriate training methods and behavior modification techniques; helping consumers to achieve goals; and guiding direct care staff in assisting consumers.
  2. Interpreting and maintaining client records - These questions test for the ability to work with client records in a human services setting. You will be presented with sample information from a fictional client record or program document, along with instructions on how to interpret and complete this information. You will need to read, interpret, organize, classify and/or complete the information as instructed to answer the test questions included with the selection.
  3. Understanding individuals with developmental disabilities - These questions test for knowledge and understanding of the characteristics and problems associated with various forms of mental retardation and developmental disabilities and of techniques which promote the level of functioning of people who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability.

If you pass, your seniority credit(s), if any, will be included in the computation of your final score. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' credits to your final passing score.

Credit for Seniority

Seniority is credited at the rate of one credit for each five-year period (or fraction thereof), excluding the first year of service.


  1. This examination has special minimum qualifications in addition to the usual "time in service requirement." If you are filing on the Internet, please list all pertinent information online. If you are applying on XD-5 Application Card, you must list all pertinent information on the Application Card. Attach additional sheets to your application if needed.
  2. Your degree 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 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. If you are applying on the Internet, you must mail the independent verification of equivalency to the New York State Department of Civil Service, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, Albany, New York 12239; Attention: S1KLB.
  3. If you pass the examination for Spanish Language, you will be required to demonstrate your language proficiency at a level that will ensure your ability to perform properly the duties of the position.
  4. Additional vacancies are anticipated which may include Deaf and Hearing Impaired positions. The eligible list will be used to fill those positions, and eligibles must demonstrate proficiency in American Sign Language at a level that will ensure their ability to perform properly the duties of the positions. If other language parenthetics are established, the list will also be used to fill those positions and appointees must demonstrate their language proficiency prior to appointment.

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How To Apply

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Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Religious Accommodation

Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under “Religious Accommodation.” We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to enjoy equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their applications. Further information is available from the Special Arrangements Unit of the Department of Civil Service at 518-457-2487 [press 2, then press 2] in the Albany area, toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 2], or via TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) at 518-457-8480.

Admission to Examination

Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1].

Multiple Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day

With the exception of written tests announced by New York City, if you have applied to take a written test announced by a local jurisdiction (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1], no later than two weeks before the test date, to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the state examination center.

Eligibility for Examination

To be eligible to compete in this examination, you must be employed in the specified department or agency on a permanent or contingent permanent basis in the competitive class, or in the non-competitive class or labor class if specifically noted on this announcement (or be on an appropriate preferred list), and have the specified time in the specified title or salary grade. You may not compete in a test for a title if you are permanently employed in that title (unless you are still on probation) or in a higher direct line of promotion.

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Issued: 8/31/07

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