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TENTATIVE

 

Occ. Code 5200700

 

CHIEF OF FORENSIC UNIT 1, M-2

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS

 

Positions in this title plan, coordinate, and supervise the activities of an interdisciplinary treatment team, typically composed of 20 or more clinical professional (e.g., psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, registered nurses), clinical paraprofessional (e.g., psychology assistants, social work assistants), direct care (e.g., licensed practical nurses), and/or administrative/support positions (e.g., secretaries, clerks), engaged in providing mental health treatment services to an inmate population at one of the Central New York Psychiatric Centers (CNYPC) corrections based sites  typically an Office of Mental Health (OMH) operated Satellite Unit (SU) or Mental Health Unit (MHU) located on the grounds of a Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) correctional facility. 

 

Incumbents in these positions manage and oversee daily operations at their assigned location(s); perform the full range of administrative supervisory responsibilities; complete paperwork; develop basic budgets for their assigned location(s); oversee and coordinate the design, development, implementation, and continued operation of comprehensive mental health treatment programs tailored to the individual needs of their patient population(s); evaluate the effectiveness of existing treatment programs; and revise treatment programs as required.

 

These positions are only classified in OMH.  All OMH employees, regardless of the setting in which they work, contribute to consumers health and well being through the activities and tasks they perform and are expected to be mindful that their behavior ultimately affects consumer services and care.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

CHIEF OF FORENSIC UNIT 1:  managerial position; plans, coordinates, and supervises the activities of an interdisciplinary treatment team engaged in providing mental health treatment services to an inmate population.

 

RELATED CLASSES

 

Treatment Team Leaders plan, organize and supervise the implementation of a residential, habilitation, clinical, day center or community program for mentally ill, mentally retarded or developmentally disabled persons.

 


ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

Provide leadership and direction to implement the policies and procedures of OMH and Central New York Psychiatric Center.

 

·        Manage daily operations of the Satellite and/or Mental Health Unit(s). 

·        Maintain and utilize an electronic caseload information management system.

·        Develop staff schedules, assign cases and insure staff schedules meet staffing requirements.

·        Conduct regular administrative and clinical meetings.

·        Provide direction to clinical staff for appropriate patient advocacy efforts in the correctional environment.

·        Participate as a member of the Correctional Facility Executive Team.

·        Ensure that the integrity of the mission of OMH is maintained in the correctional environment.

·        Ensure that mental health services provided to the patient populations are culturally relevant and that language assistance services are provided according to agency policy.

·        Serve on ad hoc committees as needed.

 

Provide quality management services including the implementation of performance improvement activities and utilization review processes.

 

·        Implement performance improvement activities and utilization review on a regular basis.

·        Assure that important processes and activities are measured, assessed and improved systematically on the unit and in the catchment areas.

·        Provide timely and accurate reports quarterly, monthly and/or as required by facility administration.

·        Monitor and oversee recommendations and actions generated through performance improvement activities and utilization reviews.

 

Network and interact with other agencies and courts.

 

·        Ensure that discharge planning is comprehensive and consistent with the patients need for services upon release by working with the Division of Parole and community agencies.

·        Work with the Department of Correctional Services Facility Team to provide a safe, healthy productive environment for conducting mental health treatment and assuring inmate access to appropriate programming.

·        Coordinate activities with OMH Counsels office and implement court mandates.

 

Provide necessary administrative functions required to ensure appropriate staffing and personnel activities are performed in the unit.

 

·        Monitor and maintain adequate staffing levels, assist at hiring and orienting new staff, review job performance and address performance areas that need improvement.

·        Either complete or ensure that all Probation Reports and Performance Evaluations are completed appropriately and on time.

·        Develop an annual plan for hiring extra service personnel and establish appropriate systems to monitor the program.

·        Review time and attendance activities in conjunction with review of productivity.

 

Prepare unit budget and monitor expenditures of funds, including overtime, extra service and non-personnel service to ensure that these funds are used appropriately and effectively.

 

·        Prepare annual non-personnel services budget request.

·        Monitor unit spending to assure it is within the budgetary limits.

 

Complete annual comprehensive assessment of satellite functions.

 

·        Develop unit specific goals and objectives for the next year.

·        Monitor progress toward goals and objectives, as well as achievements.

·        Perform general administrative management tasks in staff supervision and coordination.

·        Manage the timely completion of paperwork and assignments by satellite unit staff.

·        Ensure effective communication to and between satellite unit staff.

·        Make sure that state-of-the-art treatment and assessment practices function effectively in the satellite unit.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

Open Competitive: a Master's Degree and five years of professional clinical experience gained as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team within a mental health setting.  This experience must have included two years providing supervision for other professional multidisciplinary treatment team members.  In addition, one year must have been gained in a setting established exclusively for the custodial care and treatment of patients involved with the criminal justice system.

 

Date:  3/09

NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.