New York State of Opportunity

New York State Department of Civil Service announces Continuous Recruitment Examination Open to All Qualified Individuals

Licensed Psychologist - Addictions

Applications Accepted
Tests To Be Held


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Grade Salary Job Rate
20-918 Licensed Psychologist - Addictions 25 $73,768* $92,974

* Salary enhancements such as an increased hiring minimum may be available as a result of recruitment difficulty.


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.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before the date of filing your application, you must be licensed and currently registered to practice psychology in New York State. Information regarding New York State licensure may be obtained from the State Board for Psychology by contacting the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions, Division of Professional Licensing Services, Psychology Unit, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234-1000; or by calling (518) 474-3817, Ext. 592; or e-mail at


  1. You must submit a copy of your current New York State registration certificate to practice psychology with your application (Form NYS-APP). However, you do NOT need to complete pages 2 and 3 of the application (Form NYS-APP). You will instead be required to complete a job-specific questionnaire (see Subject of Examination).
  2. Qualified candidates will have their names placed on the eligible list(s) for the examination(s) for which they applied in order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. The names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for two years. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists.
  3. You may compete in this examination once a year.
  4. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  5. New York State residence is not required.
  6. A promotion examination is also being held for these positions. If you are eligible for appointment from a promotion list, you may not be appointed in your own agency from the list resulting from this examination open to the public.

The Positions

These positions exist in the Addictions Treatment Centers of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

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As a Licensed Psychologist in the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, you would provide professional psychological services including, but not limited to, completing Emotional Behavioral Assessments and informing the appropriate clinical supervisor of any significant findings; coordinating referrals and follow-ups for facility psychiatrist; providing consultation to all treatment teams and meeting with patients as requested for psychological counseling. You will also provide consultation and peer review to other clinicians to improve their clinical performance or patient record-keeping.

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Subject of Examination

There will be no written test. If, upon review of your application, you meet the "Minimum Qualifications," you will be mailed a questionnaire which you must complete and return. Your education and experience as presented in the questionnaire will be evaluated against the general background of the position. Your responses to the questionnaire will be the basis for your final score.

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.

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How to Apply

Examination suspended effective May 31, 2019. Applications are no longer accepted

Additional Information

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, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law, 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.

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.

New York State Residence Is Not Required For Most Positions

However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.

Continuous Recruitment/Eligible Lists

Candidates who meet the qualifications and pass this examination will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. Generally, the names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for two years. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The Department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.

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Reissued: 6/10

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