GOT-IT

Mental Health Therapy Aide Trainee

Similar to Grade 07

New York State has approximately 3410 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in Mental Health Office of. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

*If you are viewing a trainee title, please note this number reflects the number of positions established at the journey level. Agencies may fill at the trainee level(s) or at the journey level based on employee qualifications. GOT-IT does not provide information on any job postings or job availability. The number of approximate positions in GOT-IT are the total positions, both filled and vacant. This Web site does not indicate whether any of the positions are available to be filled. For information on current job postings please go to State Jobs NY and New York State vacancy page.

Career Ladder

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.

  1. Mental Health Therapy Aide Trainee

    Similar to Grade 07

  2. Mental Health Therapy Aide

    Grade 09

Upon successful completion of 12 months as Mental Health Therapy Aide Trainee, you will automatically advance to Mental Health Therapy Aide.

Note on Traineeships: When current State employees with prior graded State service transition into traineeships, there will be cases where these individuals will be compensated at a higher rate than the hiring rate of the "equated salary grade" of a traineeship. Specifically, in these cases, the starting compensation of a traineeship will be the higher of either: 1) the hiring rate of the "equated salary grade;" or 2) an employee's current graded salary. For those current State employees with no prior graded service who transition into traineeships, these individuals will be compensated at the hiring rate of the "equated salary grade." Overall, because of the various intricacies associated with the State's salary mechanics, the Office of the State Comptroller should be consulted regarding the actual compensation paid to any State employee transiting to a traineeship.

Summary of Job Description

As a Mental Health Therapy Aide Trainee, you would provide direct services, treatment, rehabilitation, and support to individuals diagnosed with mental illness that receive services in an institutional or community-based setting. You would help individuals to participate in games and recreational programs; coach and encourage individuals to develop daily living skills; and provide a clean, safe, and comfortable environment. You would work with other staff to develop, carry out, and record care plans, and, in accordance with special instructions you may administer medication. This position may be physically demanding. You would need to be prepared to act to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff in emergency situations. You must be able to do such things as bend, stretch, and stand for long periods of time.

There is no classification standard available at this time for this title. For additional information regarding other titles this will bring you to the NYS Title and Salary Plan. If there is a classification standard available there will be a link under the column labeled STD NO. If no link is available there is no classification standard available at this time for that title.

Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination to be considered for appointment to this position.  

There are two examinations held for this position.  Please note:  New York State employees may qualify for both.  

For qualified employees of New York State on or before the date of the examination, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and have had six months of permanent competitive, non-competitive, labor, or 55-b/55-c service in a position allocated to Grade 3 or higher. Additionally, you must demonstrate that you have graduated from high school or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (such as a GED) or higher.

For all other qualified individuals, candidates must have graduated from high school or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (such as a GED) or higher.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.

10-020

How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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