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Promotion Examination Open To All Qualified Employees of the New York State Office of Mental Health

Residential Program Specialist

Written Test To Be Held
May 22, 2010
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
April 12, 2010

 

Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Open to Employees of Salary Salary Grade Fee
36-318 Residential Program Specialist Mental Health, Office of $45,940 G-16 $15

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before May 22, 2010, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Office of Mental Health and have had three months of permanent competitive service as a Residential Program Assistant 1 or Residential Program Assistant 2; Recreation Assistant or Recreation Worker; Rehabilitation Assistant 1 or Rehabilitation Assistant 2; Mental Hygiene Therapy Assistant 1 or Mental Hygiene Therapy Assistant 2; Social Work Assistant 1 or Social Work Assistant 2 AND Possess:

Either 1. a bachelor's degree in any field;

Or 2. be licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in New York State.

If you were permanently appointed to a qualifying title on or before February 22, 2010, 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.

Notes

  1. 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 NYS 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 NYS Department of Civil Service, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S1KAC.
  2. 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 examination application NYS-APP form, you must list all pertinent information on the application. Attach additional sheets if needed.
  3. If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT processed.
  4. This examination is being held on a promotion and open-competitive basis. If you are admitted to the promotion examination under anticipated eligibility (i.e., you do not have the required one year of Qualifying Experience For Appointment From The Eligible List) and if you meet the open-competitive minimum qualifications, you may also be admitted to the open-competitive examination. To be admitted, you must apply for the open competitive examination according to the instructions given on the open competitive announcement. Once you meet the required one year of qualifying service for appointment from the promotion list, you will not be eligible for appointment from the open-competitive 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. Characteristics and problems of individuals with mental illness - These questions test for knowledge and understanding of the symptoms, causes, characteristics, and treatment approaches associated with mental illness.
  2. Organization and management of residential services for individuals with mental illness - These questions test for knowledge in areas such as program implementation, health and safety, client rights, public and community relations, supervision of residential staff, budgeting and issues related to the day to day operation and management of a residential program.
  3. Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.
  4. Working with individuals with mental illness in a residential setting - These questions test for knowledge in areas such as providing psychiatric rehabilitation services, participating in service planning, reporting client progress and behavior, choosing appropriate solutions to specific problems, establishing priorities, and demonstrating cultural competence and acceptance of diversity.

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.

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Duties

As a Residential Program Specialist, you would provide care to individuals diagnosed with mental illness in community residential settings in a culturally competent manner. Under the general direction of the Residential Program Manager, you would take the lead among staff in the monitoring, identifying needs, and care of residents. You would have specific responsibility for planning and implementing rehabilitative programs and individually designed service plans for patients in the residence and for establishing and maintaining contacts with other service providers in the community. You may also supervise lower level residential program staff and may serve as assistant to the Residential Program Manager and as manager of the residence in his/her absence.

Test Guide

A Guide to the Written Test for the Residential Program Series(pdf97KB) is available. You may request a copy of the test guide by email at examinfo@cs.state.ny.us or by calling the Exams Information Desk at the Department of Civil Service in the Albany area at 518-457-6216 or outside of the Albany area toll free at 1-877-697-5627.

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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.

Cell Phones or Electronic/Communication Devices at the Test Site

Do not bring cell phones, beepers, headphones, or any electronic or other communication devices to the test site. The use of such devices at the test site in the test room, hallways, restrooms, building, grounds, or other areas could result in your disqualification.

S1/TB1 KAC-sac
Issued: 3/5/10

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