Chief of Forensic Unit 1
- Written Test To Be Held
- September 09, 2017
- Applications MUST Be Submitted Online By
- July 26, 2017
|Exam Number||Exam Title||Salary||Salary Grade||Non−Refundable Processing Fee (Waivers available)|
|26-300||Chief of Forensic Unit 1||$85,244||M-2||$45|
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 September 9, 2017, you must have:
Either 1. a bachelor���s degree and five years of professional experience providing treatment in a mental health setting (including a psychiatric hospital, unit, or ward; an inpatient treatment facility; a community based clinic; or a residential setting that serves patients whose primary diagnosis is mental illness), an alcohol or substance abuse treatment facility, or criminal justice setting where inmate/patients have mental health issues (including correctional services, juvenile justice, or parole). Two of the five years must have included the clinical supervision* of staff;
Or 2. a master���s degree and four years of professional experience providing treatment in a mental health setting (including a psychiatric hospital, unit, or ward; an inpatient treatment facility; a community based clinic; or a residential setting that serves patients whose primary diagnosis is mental illness), an alcohol or substance abuse treatment facility, or criminal justice setting where inmate/patients have mental health issues (including correctional services, juvenile justice, or parole). Two of the four years must have included the clinical supervision* of staff.
*Clinical supervision is defined as the supervision and oversight of one or more credentialed clinical disciplines such as nursing, social work, rehabilitation counseling, recreation therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, and special education.
If you expect to meet the educational requirements by January 31, 2018 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 requirement to the Appointing Authority at the time of the employment interview. Failure to meet the educational requirements by January 31, 2018 may result in your removal from the eligible list.
|IMPORTANT: Unless waived, you must pay the non-refundable processing fee. For information on fee waivers, visit https://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/types/oc/appinfo.cfm##Fee. It is important that you 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.|
- This examination uses an online application process only. Applications must be submitted online by the deadline indicated above. Late applications will not be accepted.
- 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 or college credit 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. This information can also be found on the Internet at http://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/degrees.cfm. 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: S1MXT.
- Background Investigation/Justice Center Review: The names of all prospective employees will be:
- Checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s);
- Investigated through a Criminal Background Check (CBC). 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 will be determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of state and federal laws;
- Screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Prospective employees whose names appear on the SCR may be barred from appointment.
- Medicaid and Medicare: In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally-assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
- Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
- New York State residence is not required.
These positions exist in the New York State Office of Mental Health���s Satellite Units located in the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision facilities located throughout the state. These units are operated by Central New York Psychiatric Center.
As a Chief of Forensic Unit 1, you would be responsible for planning, supervising, and evaluating the implementation and provision of mental health services to a diverse population in New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision facilities. You would have program and administrative responsibility for an interdisciplinary treatment team providing a comprehensive program tailored to meet the individual needs of patients. You would be responsible for negotiating and coordinating your unit���s activities with those of both Central New York Psychiatric Center and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Subject of Examination
There will be a written test and evaluation of your education and experience, BOTH of 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:
- Effectively interacting with others - These questions test candidates��� knowledge of techniques used to interact effectively with a variety of individuals, to provide information about topics of concern, to publicize or clarify agency programs or policies, and to negotiate conflicts or resolve complaints. Sample test material for Effectively interacting with others is available.
- Preparing reports and official documents - These questions test for the ability to prepare reports and other official documents for use within and among governmental agencies, in legal or regulatory settings, or for dissemination to the public. Some questions test for a knowledge of correct grammar, usage, punctuation, and sentence structure. Others test for the ability to use the proper tone and to express information clearly and accurately. Sample test material for Preparing reports and official documents is available.
- Analyzing and evaluating information - These questions test for the ability to analyze, interpret, and draw reasonable conclusions from information presented in text, data, images or symbols. Analysis may involve identifying a significant problem or issue; focusing on relevant data and text; identifying trends, relationships, and significant features; assessing relevant alternatives; suggesting or evaluating possible conclusions; and applying logical principles to information provided. Sample test material for Analyzing and evaluating information is available.
- Supervision - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing, and controlling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morale, and discipline. Sample test material for Supervision is available.
EVALUATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: If you meet the minimum qualifications for the examination you will be sent a link to an online supplemental questionnaire to be completed and submitted to the New York State Department of Civil Service. If you have an email address, please provide this on your application. The on-line supplemental questionnaire will be available on August 1, 2017. You must submit the supplemental questionnaire by midnight on August 31, 2017.The online questionnaire is part of the test. Failure to complete and/or submit the examination questionnaire will result in disqualification. Your education and experience will be evaluated against the critical activities of the position. This evaluation will concentrate on the appropriateness, breadth, variety and amount of your education and experience. Since half of your score of this examination will be based solely on the information contained in this questionnaire, it is essential that you describe your education and experience as completely as possible. Ambiguity, vagueness, or omissions will not be decided in your favor. Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of a completed application or examination questionnaire. All statements concerning education and experience are subject to verification.
Final passing scores will be computed by combining, as shown below, your passing scores on the written test and evaluation of education and experience:
|Written Test||Relative Weight (1)|
|Evaluation of Education and Experience||Relative Weight (1)|
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.
Test Guide & Sample Test Material
A General Guide to Written Tests is available at http://www.cs.ny.gov/testing/statetestguides.cfm. Sample Test Material for the subject areas described above is also available where indicated and at http://www.cs.ny.gov/testing/sampletestmat.cfm.
How To Apply
If you do not receive a 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 unlawful 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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