Occ. Code 5200700




New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




          Chiefs of Forensic Unit 1 oversee and coordinate the development, implementation, and operation of comprehensive mental health treatment programs for inmate-patients at one or more Central New York Psychiatric Center (CNYPC) mental health or satellite units located on the grounds of Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) correctional facilities. Incumbents supervise the activities of multidisciplinary treatment teams; oversee, coordinate, and evaluate treatment program operations; and ensure compliance with laws, rules, regulations, and standards of care. 


Positions are classified in the Office of Mental Health (OMH). 




          CHIEF OF FORENSIC UNIT 1: managerial level; plans, coordinates, and supervises the activities of a multidisciplinary treatment team, typically composed of 20 or more clinical professionals, paraprofessionals, direct care, and administrative support staff providing mental health treatment services to inmate-patients at a mental health or satellite unit; and oversees, coordinates, and evaluates treatment program operations.




          Treatment Team Leaders administer, direct, and coordinate the activities of an interdisciplinary treatment team and programs tailored to meet the needs of individuals with mental illness, developmental, physical, and/or intellectual disabilities.


Forensic Services Program Administrators plan, coordinate, and administer the delivery of services for forensic mental health or correctional facility-based programs.  




Supervises the activities of a multidisciplinary treatment team; and oversees, coordinates, and evaluates treatment program operations. 


·       Determines staff assignments; monitors time and attendance; completes and/or ensures the completion of performance evaluations; and arranges for the provision of training.

·       Monitors and maintains adequate staffing levels; develops staffing plans; and participates in recruitment, orientation processes, and training for new employees.


·       Manages unit activities; conducts administrative and clinical treatment team meetings; communicates program objectives and priorities; and provides leadership and direction in the implementation of policies and procedures.


·       Prepares unit budgets, and monitors the expenditure of funds and unit resources.


·       Reviews and monitors treatment services, program records, and reports to ensure quality and compliance with policies, procedures, and standards of care.


·       Evaluates treatment program effectiveness; and recommends modifications in consultation with clinical professionals. 


·       Implements performance improvement measures and utilization review processes; initiates corrective actions for identified deficiencies; and evaluates program progress towards achieving established goals and objectives.


·       Serves as liaison and collaborates with OMH Central Office, CNYPC, Counsel’s Office, DOCCS, Office of the Attorney General, Mental Hygiene Legal Services, and community agencies to coordinate activities and information, implement judicial mandates and court orders, and ensure inmate-patients have access to appropriate programs and services.




Open Competitive: a bachelor’s degree and five years of professional experience providing treatment in a mental health setting, alcohol or substance use treatment facility, or criminal justice setting where inmates/patients have mental health issues. Two years of this experience must have included clinical supervision of one or more credentialed disciplines. 


Substitution: a master’s degree may substitute for one year of professional experience.


Date: 10/2019


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 required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum requirements for appointment or examination.