The Women's Recovery from Addiction's Program (WRAP) under the Department of Mental Health is seeking a dedicated and compassionate individual for the position of a Recovery Treatment Worker I who desire making a difference in the lives of individuals with substance abuse issues. Incumbents are considered competent paraprofessionals, who perform work under guidance with a framework of defined procedures, policies and standards. This position will work with, and assist professional staff in providing day-to-day direct care to individuals who suffer with drug and alcohol substance issues. The candidate will teach and assist clients in performing daily living functions, implement and execute behavioral programs, and works with clients on an individual or small group basis. The selected candidate will possess strong interpersonal skills to encourage and motivate individuals in their recovery to work towards treatment goals.
Please Note: The selected candidate will work 40 hours on 2nd shift, 2:45 p.m. to 11:15 p.m, Thursday through Monday. The days off are Tuesday and Wednesday.
Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):
Provide a safe milieu for all clients by monitoring client activity to promote optimal stabilization and rehabilitation.
Provides/assists clients as needed with activities of daily living (ADL) and rehabilitates aspects of care to help ensure the health, comfort and safety needs of clients are being met.
Monitor and provide emergency medical care and daily medical treatments to medically compromised clients.
Communicates clients' progress or regress by verbally reporting to the supervisor or designee.
Participates in client's treatment plan and nursing care plan meetings to ensure continuance of client care.
Demonstrates knowledge of techniques related to the use of restraint and seclusion; including restraint and seclusion reduction principles comprising skills related to prevention, de-escalation, and debriefing.
Conducts and/or participates in clients' admissions, discharges, transfers, and orientation to the unit as necessary and in accordance with program protocols.
Provides a safe unit environment by accurately performing client safety checks; accurately signing patients on and off the unit; and observing and monitor assigned areas.
Will be required to conduct searches in accordance to Program and DMH Policy
Accompanies patients to various appointments, programs, and treatment areas and assists professional or medical staff as needed.
Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information.
Ability to interact with people who are under physical and/or emotional stress.
Ability to use a computer to type, perform basic computer skills, procedures, guidelines and policies governing assigned unit activities.
Ability to make decisions and act quickly in emergency and/or dangerous situations and remain calm.
Must have an understanding of boundaries and ethics
Ability to understand and apply the laws, rules, regulations, procedures, guidelines and policies governing assigned unit activities.
WRAP Mission Statement:
The Department of Mental Health is seeking qualified candidates for the Women's Recovery from Addiction Program (WRAP). This program provides quality client-centered care and recovery oriented treatment. The Department of Mental Health (DMH) in collaboration with the Department of Public Health (DPH) Bureau of Substance Abuse Services operates this statewide Program in Taunton for individuals civilly committed by the courts for substance use treatment for up to 90 days ("Section 35 commitment").
The program model will provide acute detoxification and early clinical stabilization services as we help clients develop community-based linkages to outpatient supports and substance use disorder treatment providers. The individuals treated within this program will be linked upon discharge to a range of services within the DPH continuum of care for substance use conditions.
As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:
75% state paid medical insurance premium
Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
Low cost basic and optional life insurance
Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
Incentive-based Wellness Programs
Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori
Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.
Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
For questions, please contact Human Resources at (508) 977-3120.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have (A) at least two (2) years of full-time or equivalent part-time experience providing direct care services in a human service related field (e.g. substance use disorders, mental health, or developmental or physical disability), of which (B) at least one (1) year must be specifically working with a substance use disorder population; or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitution below.
I. An Associate's degree or higher with a major in substance use disorder, psychology, human services, or mental health may be substituted for one year of the required (A) experience.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply
State Of Massachusetts