New York State Department of Civil Service Announces Open-Competitive Examination Open to the Public
Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator (Alcohol andSubstance Abuse Treatment)
- Written Test To Be Held
- October 29, 2016
- Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
- September 14, 2016
|Exam Number||Exam Title||Salary||Salary Grade||Non−Refundable Processing Fee|
|26-154||Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator (Alcohol andSubstance Abuse Treatment)||$55,126||G-19||$40|
|26-216||Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator-ASAT (Spanish Language)||$55,126||G-19|
Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.
On or before October 29, 2016, you must have:
Either 1. a bachelor’s degree, and current certification as a New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), and one year of post certification experience as a group or individual counselor in a recognized alcohol and/or substance abuse treatment program providing ongoing counseling services in this area;
Or 2. a specialized* bachelor’s degree and two years of experience as a group or individual counselor in a recognized alcohol and/or substance abuse treatment program providing ongoing counseling services in this area;
Or 3. a specialized* master’s degree and one year of experience as a group or individual counselor in a recognized alcohol and/or substance abuse treatment program providing ongoing counseling services in this area.
*The specialized master’s or bachelor’s degree areas that are approved for this examination are: anthropology, audiology, child development/family relations, community mental health, chemical dependence administration, correctional studies, counseling/guidance, criminal justice, education, gerontology, health administration, health education, human services, nursing, nutrition, pastoral counseling, psychology, public justice, rehabilitation counseling, religious studies, social work, sociology, special education, speech pathology, therapy (including art, dance, drama, music, occupational, physical and recreational), or vocational counseling.
Qualifying Experience: To qualify for this examination, individual counseling experience must have involved the establishment of an ongoing, one-to-one relationship between the counselor and the client. Group counseling experience must have included responsibility for conducting group sessions designed to provide the participants with services for alcohol and drug abuse.
Non-qualifying Experience: Group work oriented toward behavior modification in such areas as self-improvement, tobacco cessation, crisis intervention, or case management alone is NOT qualifying experience.
Important: As the processing fee is non-refundable, verify that you entered the correct examination number and title on your online or paper application prior to submitting. If you apply online, you should immediately review your email confirmation notice to verify that you applied for the correct examination. If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT received by the Department of Civil Service. No late applications will be accepted after the filing deadline has passed.
- If you expect to meet the educational requirements by December 31, 2016, you can be admitted to the written test but you cannot be considered for appointment until you submit proof of successful completion of the educational requirements to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
- Your degree must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your degree was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the NYS Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. You must pay the required evaluation fee. If you are applying on the Internet, you must mail the independent verification of equivalency to the NYS Department of Civil Service, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S2MLK.
- A transition examination is also being held for these positions.
- Although transition examinations are being held, it is expected that appointments will be made as the result of these examinations open to the public.
- If you submit an application for No. 26-216 Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator (Alcohol & Substance Abuse Treatment) (Spanish Language), an application will automatically be submitted for you for No. 26-154 Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator (Alcohol & Substance Abuse Treatment) at no additional cost.
- Department of Corrections and Community Supervision employees may file for as many examinations for which they are qualified, including open-competitive and transition examinations. The following open-competitive and transition examinations are being held at the same time in addition to those noted on the announcement. NOTE: FEES ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL EXAMINATIONS. OC Examinations: 26-151 Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator, 26-153 Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator (Manual Communications), 26-152 Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator (Spanish Language), 26-148 Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator Trainee 1, 26-149 Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator Trainee 1 (Manual Communication), 26-150 Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator Trainee 1 (Spanish Language), or Transition Examinations: 00-347 Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator Trainee 1, 00-348 Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator Trainee 1 (Spanish Language), 00-349 Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator (ASAT), 00-350 Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator (ASAT) (Spanish Language).
- Please verify that you have applied for the correct examination before submitting your online application. You will not be allowed to apply for additional examinations in this series after September 14, 2016.
- Fingerprints and Fees: Fingerprinting is required at the time of appointment. You will be required to pay the processing fee.
- Background Investigation: Because of the nature of the position there is an investigative screening that may include a thorough character investigation. All convictions must be reported. Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor or any falsified or omitted information may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case is determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of state and federal laws.
- Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
- New York State residence is not required.
- If you pass the examination for No. 26-216 Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator (Alcohol & Substance Abuse Treatment (Spanish Language), you will be required to demonstrate your Spanish language proficiency at a level that will ensure your ability to perform properly the duties of the position. Only enough candidates to fill current vacancies will be called to the proficiency test.
These positions exist in Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Subject of Examination
There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:
- Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.
- Principles and practices of correction counseling - These questions test for the ability to counsel inmates in a variety of correctional settings. Questions may cover such areas as conducting interviews, managing cases, identifying and resolving problems, establishing goals and objectives, interpreting behavior, conducting individual counseling sessions, selecting counseling techniques, responding to the requirements of a correctional setting, and applying given facility policies.
- Pre-release casework - These questions test for the knowledge and application of social casework principles and practices in preparing inmates for release to parole and post-release supervision. Questions will cover such areas as conducting pre-release interviews; providing guidance regarding the conditions of release; determining inmate needs in areas such as family support, residential placement, and mental health; and addressing issues that may impact the inmate's successful reintegration into the community.
- Alcohol and substance abuse treatment for inmates - These questions test for a knowledge of and the ability to apply alcohol and substance abuse treatment techniques for inmates in a variety of correctional settings. Questions may cover such areas as understanding the disease concept of addiction and the behavior of addicts; identifying symptoms and signs of alcohol and substance use disorder diagnostic criteria, behavior patterns and defense mechanisms, applying techniques of alcohol and substance abuse intervention and treatment, including cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing practices, group counseling, and maintaining client recovery and continuing recovery planning.
For No. 26-216, Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator (Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment) (Spanish Language), in addition to the above subject of examination, you must also pass a qualifying multiple choice test understanding written Spanish given at the time of the written test. Failure on the written Spanish test will eliminate you from further consideration from this title.
Written Spanish - These questions test for knowledge of written Spanish. Candidates will be given a passage written in Spanish similar to materials they are required to read on the job. Some of the words in the passage will be missing. Candidates will be asked to identify which one of several Spanish words or phrases should be inserted to best maintain the meaning of the passage.
Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.
As an Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator (Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment), in a New York State correctional facility, you would provide ongoing counseling and treatment services to inmates with substance use disorders. You would develop treatment findings and conclusions based on an admission and comprehensive evaluation; establish a substance use disorder diagnostic impression; develop and implement a person-centered treatment plan for each assigned inmate; continually evaluate and document the level and quality of participation and progression towards reasonably applied goals for each inmate; and provide services to ensure successful treatment. You would work with other facility staff and provide services in a variety of treatment modalities in order to assist the inmate in addiction rehabilitation. These services include recruiting, screening, orientation, assessment, treatment planning and reviewing, coordinating educational and treatment services using various media, continuing recovery planning, and individual and group counseling. You would be responsible for all mandatory treatment recording. You may interview and provide referral services to parolees with alcohol and/or substance abuse problems and may consult with and provide information to parole officers regarding parolees’ treatment needs and resources. Additionally, you would be responsible for: guidance management functions; all mandatory treatment recording; membership on treatment plan review committees; and supervision of assigned Program Assistant staff.
As an Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator (Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment) (Spanish Language), you will be required to perform the duties of an Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator (Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment) for a caseload which includes monolingual Spanish-speaking offenders.
Important: The Department of Civil Service and other state agencies may communicate with you through email correspondence. This may include the notification of your examination results and canvassing you for interest in appointment. It will be important for you to keep your email address, phone number and mailing address current by logging into https://www.cs.ny.gov/home/myaccount.
How To Apply
If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT processed.
New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.
Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.
Eligibility for Employment
You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under “Religious Accommodation.” We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).
Reasonable Accommodations in Testing
It is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Administration Unit of the Department of Civil Service. In the Albany area, call 518-457-2487. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.
Admission to Examination
Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, call 518-474 6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627.
Multiple Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day
If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions no later than two weeks before the test date to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the state examination center. For your convenience, contact information for all local civil service agencies is available on our website at: http://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/local.cfm
Cell Phones or Electronic/Communication Devices at the Test Site
Do not bring cell phones, beepers, headphones, or any electronic or other communication devices to the test site. The use of such devices at the test site in the test room, hallways, restrooms, building, grounds, or other areas could result in your disqualification.
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