Mental Health Program Asst

Minnesota Department of Human Services
May 19, 2020
St. Cloud, MN
Job Type


Job Class: Mental Health Program Assistant

Working Title: Mental Health Program Assistant (MHPA)

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 05/14/2020

Closing Date: 05/20/2020

Hiring Agency: Department of Human Services

Division/Unit: Direct Care & Treatment Services / Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment Services

Work Shift: Rotating

Work Hours: Varies

Days of Work: Varies

Travel Required: No

Salary Range: $18.95 - $24.97/hourly

Classified Status: Classified

Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

Job Summary
This vacancy is located in Annandale, MN.
Community Behavioral Health Hospitals (CBHH) are 16-bed inpatient psychiatric facilities for adults experiencing a serious mental health episode. The length of stay is usually less than 30 days, during which treatment focuses on stabilization, patient education, and discharge planning involving community support resources, with the overall goal of preventing future episodes.
This position shall assist unit staff of varying levels of expertise in sustaining Evidence Based Practices, including, but not limited to, Person Centeredness, Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT), and Illness Management and Recovery (IM&R) on an inpatient basis to persons with serious and persistent mental illness. Persons in this position will take a lead role in providing support and mentoring to peers on incorporating Evidence Based Practices into daily work. Persons in this position provide quality medical and psychiatric care to patients as specified on individualized treatment plans under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Persons in this position also maintain a safe environment and provide active treatment and social support to patients.


Minimum Qualifications:
Knowledge of:

  • Behavior modification theory/techniques sufficient to implement behavior management components of treatment plans.
  • Mental illness sufficient to design and implement individual treatment plans, identify and control aggressive/ violent/ inappropriate behavior.
  • Therapeutic intervention techniques sufficient to control aggressive or violent behavior.
  • Laws, rules, regulations and policies governing treatment of mental illness and vulnerable adults sufficient to protect the rights of clients/residents; AND

Ability to:

  • Perform basic health care procedures, such as taking vital signs and administering medications.
  • Observe, interpret and document client behaviors sufficient to provide information needed for evaluation and treatment planning.
  • Interact with clients sufficient to assist in the delivery of group therapy, teach specialized and vocational skills, and teach recreation and life skills.
  • Provide ongoing work direction and training to other staff.
  • Read, write and speak English sufficient to interpret, implement and evaluate individual treatment plans for mentally ill.

Additional Requirements
NOTE - To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.

REFERENCE/BACKGROUND CHECKS - The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and criminal background check prior to appointment.


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637 or email . Please indicate what assistance you need.

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