New York State of Opportunity

Open to all qualified employees of the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Licensed Psychologist

Applications Accepted
Tests To Be Held


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Grade Beginning Salary*
30-007 Licensed Psychologist-Sex Offender Assessment and Treatment G-25 $131,111
30-009 Licensed Psychologist - Forensic Mental Health G-25 $131,111
30-166 Licensed Psychologist - Mental Health G-25 $131,111


Open to all qualified employees of the New York State Office of Mental Health.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before the date of filing your application you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Office of Mental Health and have had one year of permanent competitive or 55-b/55- c service as an Associate Psychologist or Psychologist 2 AND be licensed and currently registered to practice psychology in New York State*

*You must submit a copy of your current New York State registration certificate to practice psychology with your NYS-APP. 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; or by calling (518) 474-3817 Ext. 392.

Only the title or titles listed are qualifying.

Continued employment: Possession of license and current registration to practice psychology in New York State is required to maintain employment as a Licensed Psychologist. Loss of certification will result in removal from employment.

Qualifying experience for appointment from the eligible list

After one year of the service described in the Minimum Qualifications, successful candidates will be qualified for appointment from the eligible list.

The Positions

The Licensed Psychologist (Mental Health, Forensic Mental Health, and Sex Offender Assessment and Treatment Mental Health) exist in the Office of Mental Health (OMH). OMH has approximately 300 positions of Licensed Psychologist. Positions are located in adult, forensic, or children's facilities of OMH, inpatient or outpatient units, Mental Health Satellite Units located in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision facilities statewide, or in an administrative bureau within OMH Central Office.

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As a Licensed Psychologist, you would provide professional psychological services and/or supervise psychological services provided by clinical and non-licensed psychology staff. Depending on the agency and/or program area to which you are assigned, you may provide clinical leadership, program management, and psychological services requiring expertise in neuropsychology, child and adolescent psychology, geropsychology, sex offense treatment, cognitive rehabilitation, trauma, and addiction and/or substance use programs; conduct psychological evaluations; administer and interpret psychological tests; complete forensic or court-ordered, and specialized assessments (functional, personality, risk, competency, vocational, education); provide expert testimony in legal and administrative proceedings; conduct individual, group, and/or family psychotherapy and counseling sessions; design and apply behavioral technology and specialized psychological interventions; provide consultation to other agencies; develop and conduct training for clinical and direct care staff; and participate in peer review.

As a Licensed Psychologist in the Office of Mental Health, you may provide professional psychological services to individuals diagnosed with mental illness in community-based, forensic, inpatient, outpatient, and/or residential programs. In a forensic or sex offender assessment and treatment program, you may evaluate information from mental health units, probation, parole, and district attorneys' offices; and assist in determining the need for admission to a secure treatment facility or release to strict and intensive community supervision and treatment.


  1. This examination is being held on a promotion and open-competitive basis. If you are admitted to the promotion examination under anticipated eligibility (i.e., you do not have the required one year of Qualifying Experience For Appointment From The Eligible List) and if you meet the open-competitive minimum qualifications, you may also be admitted to the open-competitive examination. To be admitted, you must apply for the open-competitive examination according to the instructions given on the open-competitive announcement. Once you meet the required one year of qualifying service for appointment from the promotion list, you will not be eligible for appointment from the open-competitive eligible list. 3. You may compete in this examination once a year. Qualified candidates can file as often as once every twelve months, but a new NYS-APP application is required each time.
  2. If you are eligible for appointment from both an open-competitive and a promotion list, you will only be considered for appointment from the promotion list.
  3. Language parenthetics in other titles could be established during the life of the lists resulting from these examinations. The duties of a position with a language parenthetic are the same as those noted, with the exception that the individual serving in the position may need to be able to communicate at times with non-English speaking clients. At the time of appointment, candidates will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the language required for the position at a level that will ensure your ability to perform properly the duties of the position.
  4. 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;

    and may be:

    • 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. (NY Social Services Law, Section 424a.)

    You will be responsible for payment of all required fees.

  5. 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.

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Subject of Examination

There will be no written test. The test will consist of an evaluation of your education and experience against the range of duties and responsibilities found in these positions. If you meet the Minimum Qualifications, you will be sent a supplemental questionnaire to complete and return. The questionnaire will be used to evaluate your education and experience against the general background/critical activities of the position. The questionnaire will be the only basis for rating your education and experience.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Your final score on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime Veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits.

Credit for Seniority

Seniority is credited at the rate of one credit for each five year period (or fraction thereof)excluding the first year of service.

The NYS Office of Mental Health has an ongoing need for persons qualified for appointment to these positions and will accept applications at any time and will rate applications whenever additional eligibles are needed. It is anticipated that the examinations will be held on a periodic basis throughout the year. For the testing schedule and other information about this examination, write to the NYS Office of Mental Health, Facility Personnel Services at 44 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12239 or call 1-877-691-8264, or email to

Applicants are required to have a Personal account and keep their email address up to date. The Department of Civil Service and other state agencies will communicate with you through email correspondence. This may include the notification of your test arrangements, 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

Retest Policy: Qualified candidates may file as frequently as once every twelve months, but a new application is required each time.

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How and Where to Apply

New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) Facility Personnel Services
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12239
1-877-691-8264 OR
Listing of OMH facilities where positions are located:
Bronx Psychiatric Center 1500 Waters Place Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 931-0600 Buffalo Psychiatric Center 400 Forest Avenue Buffalo, NY 14213 (716) 885-2261 Capital District Psychiatric Center 75 New Scotland Avenue Albany, NY 12208 (518) 549-6000
Central New York Psychiatric Center 9005 Old River Road Marcy, NY 13403 (315) 765-3600 Creedmoor Psychiatric Center 79-25 Winchester Boulevard Queens Village, NY 11427 (718) 464-7500 Elmira Psychiatric Center 100 Washington Street Elmira, NY 14901-2898 (607) 264-4000
Greater Binghamton Health Center 425 Robinson Street Binghamton, NY 13904 (607) 724-1391 Hutchings Psychiatric Center 620 Madison Street Syracuse, NY 13210 (315) 426-3600 Kingsboro Psychiatric Center 681 Clarkson Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11203 (718) 221-7700
Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center 600 East 125th Street Wards Island, NY 10035 (646) 672-5800 Manhattan Psychiatric Center Wards Island Complex Wards Island, NY 10035 (646) 672-6767 Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center Box 158, Route 17M New Hampton, NY 10958 (845) 374-8700
Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center 1400 Noyes at York Utica, NY 13502 (315) 738-3800 Nathan Kline Institute 140 Old Orangeburg Road Orangeburg, NY 10962 (845) 398-5500 New York City Children's Center (Bronx Campus) 1000 Waters Place Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 239-3600
New York City Children's Center (Brooklyn Campus) 1819 Bergen Street Brooklyn, NY 11233 (718) 613-3100 New York City Children's Center (Queens Campus) 74-03 Commonwealth Boulevard Bellerose, NY 11426 (718) 264-4500 NYS Office of Mental Health 44 Holland Ave Albany NY 12229 1-877-691-8264
NYS Psychiatric Institute 105 Riverside Drive New York, NY 10032 (212) 543-5000 Pilgrim Psychiatric Center 988 Crooked Hill Road West Brentwood, NY 11717 (631) 761-3500 Rochester Psychiatric Center 1111 Elmwood Avenue Rochester, NY 14620 (585) 241-1200
Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center 2 First Avenue Orangeburg, NY 10962 (845) 845-4000 Rockland Psychiatric Center 140 Old Orangeburg Road Orangeburg, NY 10962 (845) 359-1000 Sagamore Children's Psychiatric Center 197 Half Hollow Road Dix Hills, NY 11746 (631) 370-1700
Secure Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (STARC) 9005 Old River Road Marcy, NY 13403 (315) 765-3600 Secure Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (STARC) 1 Chimney Point Drive Ogdensburg, NY 13669 (315) 541-2001 South Beach Psychiatric Center 777 Seaview Avenue Staten Island, NY 10305 (718) 667-2300
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center 1 Chimney Point Drive Ogdensburg, NY 13669 (315) 541-2001 Western NY Children's Psychiatric Center 1010 East and West Road West Seneca, NY 14224 (716) 677-7000

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: 7/2022

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