OMH Seeks Long Island Program Specialists; Peers Encouraged to Apply

Mental Health Program Specialist 1 (2 Positions)


NYS Office of Mental Health

Long Island Field Office

998 Crooked Hill Road

Building 45, 3rd Floor

West Brentwood, NY 11717

The Office of Mental Health (OMH) is currently recruiting to fill two Mental Health Program Specialist 1, G-18 positions in the Long Island Field Office.


August 3, 2012


SG - 18 / $51,268- $65,190

Downstate Differential $3,026

Negotiating Unit - PEF



Candidates must be permanent in the Mental Health Program Specialist 1 title and be eligible for lateral transfer; OR be eligible to transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law by having at least one year of permanent service in a qualifying title within two salary grades of the Grade 18 level. 

Open Competitive:

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree and two years of clinical or administrative post degree experience in a federal or State operated or State licensed mental health program, or a satisfactory combination of such experiences.  

A Master’s Degree in a mental health related specialty; or in public administration, business administration, or hospital administration may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Candidates who are current or former recipients of mental health services and who have a strong track record of documented accomplishments and leadership within the consumer/survivor movement, including self help and/or advocacy, are strongly encouraged to apply. Persons with lived experience of recovery from mental illness should inquire about qualifying through the New York State Civil Law’s 55-B process for hiring of persons with disabilities. A valid NYS driver’s license is required.


Duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist in the development and implementation of recipient and family support programs and initiatives within the public mental health system.
  • Ensure the inclusion of people who are current and former users of mental health services, and their families, into planning, policy implementation, program development, evaluation, monitoring and related activities within the region served by the field office, including State facilities, local programs and local governmental units.
  • Promote recovery and the shared personal experience paradigm by sharing of one’s own experiences with the mental health care system.
  • Disseminate information and provide technical assistance to recipients, local providers, county government, the general public and family support groups on methods for ensuring recipient and family involvement in planning, implementing and evaluating mental health services.
  • Conduct training and assistance to promote awareness of mental health service initiatives to providers, family members and consumers.


Indicate the Title and Location of the position you are applying for. Qualified and interested candidates should apply by e-mail to or to:

Deb Nolin

Bureau of Central Office Personnel Services

NYS Office of Mental Health

44 Holland Avenue

Albany, New York 12229

Please ensure your resume includes your current Civil Service title, grade level, appointment date to that grade level, and current work e-mail address.

You are advised that, should you accept a job offer with this facility, you may be required to be fingerprinted and pay a $75 fingerprint fee.

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