Program Specialist Trainee (Mental Health)

  • Program Specialist Trainee (Mental Health)
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Class Number: 
4537
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$34,416.00 – $48,852.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,434.00 – $2,035.50
Pay Grade: 
A21

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Definition

This is trainee-level professional work assisting in implementing regional and/or statewide programs or services for persons with mental illness, substance abuse, mental retardation, and/or developmental disabilities.

Job Duties

Receives instruction and training in departmental programs and/or services by assisting in one or more of the following areas: service provider licensing and certification surveys, abuse/neglect investigations, program maintenance, or other assignments of similar scope and responsibility.

Assists in abuse/neglect investigations: initiates investigation in compliance with Department Operating Regulations; conducts preliminary fact gathering; interviews staff, consumers, and other persons involved in alleged incident; and develops report based on each investigation's conduct and findings.

Assists in on-site licensing and certification surveys of service providers: researches policies, procedures, treatment plans, records, and service delivery systems; conducts entrance and exit interviews; and documents survey findings.

Assists in training service providers, community groups, and other interested groups and individuals on program philosophies, standards, policies, and procedures.

Receives training from higher level program personnel in evaluating needs and resources, drafting service proposals, developing contract management plans, forensic certification, and/or interviewing techniques, as appropriate to assignment.

Collects information on program activities and reports to higher level program personnel for informational and public relations purposes.

Studies current trends and policy issues to obtain knowledge of the field.

Assists in coordinating special events, seminars, and training related to the program or service areas.

Assists with presentations to advocacy groups, civic and community organizations, and/or contractors to inform them of program goals and services, and to enlist their cooperation in program activities.

Receives close supervision from a designated program staff member.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Areas of Interest: 
Health Care Administration; Social Service, Public Welfare & Mental Health

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

A Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Counseling, Nursing, Public Health, Education, Business Administration, Public Administration, Health Care Administration, Criminal Justice, Biology, Chemistry, or a closely related field.

OR

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Counseling, Nursing, Public Health, Education, Business Administration, Public Administration, Health Care Administration, Criminal Justice, Biology, Chemistry, or a closely related field; and,

Two or more years of professional experience in mental health, public health, environmental health, education, social services, adult corrections, probation and parole, public administration, business administration, or a closely related area.

(24 earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified areas may substitute for one year of the required experience. )

(Professional level volunteer experience in the specified areas may substitute for up to one year of the required experience at a rate of 173 volunteer hours for one month of experience.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Intermediate knowledge of mental illness, mental retardation/developmental disabilities, and/or substance abuse, including their effects on the individual, family, community, and human services systems.

Introductory knowledge of investigation and forensic interviewing techniques.

Introductory knowledge of specific certification, licensing, or accreditation standards required for treatment programs.

Introductory knowledge of the network of services and organizations available for persons with mental illness, mental retardation/developmental disabilities, and/or substance abusers.

Skill in determining risk of abuse and/or neglect.

Ability to apply inductive and deductive reasoning in assessing facts, principles, policies, and regulations to draw conclusions regarding abuse/neglect investigations.

Ability to work independently in obtaining information and evaluating records to assess legal and departmental standards compliance.

Ability to assist in conducting statewide on-site licensing and certification surveys of service providers.

Ability to present ideas clearly and effectively.

Ability to consult effectively with program directors, facility and division staff, advisory and planning councils, community and law enforcement agencies, client advocacy groups, service providers, facility staff, and clients.

Ability to exercise sound judgment and make recommendations in accordance with program policies.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, other local, regional, state, and/or national agencies, professional and community groups, and the general public.

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