Colorado State Mental Health Clinician II in Pueblo, Colorado

Mental Health Clinician II



Mental Health Clinician II


$3,280.00 - $4,799.00 Monthly


Pueblo, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IIB 03686 03/01/2018


3/28/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP)

As a cornerstone of the Pueblo community for over a century, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo is a leading employer, provider of quality mental health services, and a community partner.

In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans

  • Medical and Dental Health Plans

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short and Long-Term Disability coverage

  • Vacation and Sick Leave

  • 10 Paid Holidays per year

Description of Job

Job Assignment:

Colorado Mental Health Institute (CMHIP) provides comprehensive and medical evaluation and treatment by a multi-disciplinary treatment team. This includes: 24 hour nursing care and assessment, psychiatric intervention and evaluation, psychological services, psycho-social services, occupation therapy, educational and vocational rehabilitation services and recreational therapy. Patients are admitted from throughout the state from correctional, state mental health systems, and other community facilities for long and short term treatment under court authority, as well as transfers from within CMHIP. Legal statuses of patients include 27-65 Civil commitments (M-1, M-3, Short and Long Term certifications); Dual Diagnosed (Substance Abuse and Mental Ill); Developmental Disability/Mental Ill; Incompetent to Proceed (ITP) Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity or Impaired Mental Condition (NGRI or NGR-IMC); court ordered evaluations for Sanity, Sex Offender issues, Competency; and Correctional transfers from Department of Corrections. Treatment focus ranges between acute/emergent issues to more long-term progressive treatment such as medication stabilization, specific behavior and ITP educational groups.

Job Dities:

  • Provides milieu coaching and supervision of patients.

  • Provides co-therapy as assigned;

  • Conducts treatment activities throughout the day, and assists on community outings as assigned;

  • Assists with any crisis intervention when required to maintain safety to patients and staff;

  • Provides transportation/community assistance as assigned by Clinical Team Leader /or Program Director;

  • Provides patient teaching with co-facilitator (co-facilitates in various groups therapies);

  • Provides accurate documentation of the patient's behaviors if crisis occurs during activities and on outings;

  • Provides safety/security sweep of group rooms before and after groups are held;

  • Participates in required in-services and training to maintain job duties and responsibilities;

  • Provides on-going communication with nursing and ancillary staff related to patient behaviors and issues;

  • Provides informal interactions throughout the day per Psychosocial Program procedures;

  • Provides day-hall coaching throughout the day per Psychosocial Procedures and per individualized behavior plans;

  • Knows and implements specific program and individualized interventions and "in the moment" coaching/instruction;

  • Provides alternative activities when groups or other treatment activities are canceled

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate's degree in human services and two years of experience providing therapeutic and related services to mental health patients in a mental health setting.


Work experience which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education may substitute for the education.

At the agency discretion, sixty semester credits or a bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, social work, behavioral science, clinical mental health, nursing, mental health, childhood development, human growth and development, or human services may substitute for the associate's degree and one year of experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years of experience working with the mentally ill population.

  • Experience leading the shift through training, mentor ship and development.

  • Experience supervising staff.

  • Experience documenting/recording information - entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic form

  • Experience working with Microsoft Office software, i.e.. Excel, Access, Word.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, day and evening shifts, weekends, and holidays and back-to-back shift and double shifts as needed.

  • Must be able to follow prescribed policies and procedures even if they may conflict with my "personal" preferences.

  • Ability to work with staff and patients of diversity to include social, economic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds in a mental setting.

  • Work in a secure facility in locked and unlocked environments.

  • A Tuberculosis Test (TB) will be required upon hire.

  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process as this position is deemed to have direct contact with vulnerable persons. Felony convictions, conviction of crimes of moral turpitude, or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the CDHS Background Unit with an official disposition of any charges. Additionally, you will be required take and pass a drug screen.

  • Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.

Appeal Rights:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the impairment which justifies the accommodation. Because it requires several days for CDHS to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the assessment date. Failure to provide the medical documentation three days in advance of a comparative analysis could make it impossible for CDHS to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation. To request a reasonable accommodation for this assessment, please contact Bridget Clawson Braaten at 303-866-4373 or or the contact listed on this announcement three days before the assessment date.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process

Applicants are encouraged to attach a cover letter and resume to help further define and differentiate the skills they bring to the position. Please remember that these items are a supplement to your application and do not replace it - you will still need to complete each section of the application in its entirety. Using phrases such as "see resume" will not meet the requirement for completing the application.

The selection process will consist primarily of a review of your applications against the minimum, preferred qualifications and supplemental questions for this position. Applications will be reviewed in comparison to all others in the applicant pool in order to identify a top group of up to 6 candidates who may be invited for a final interview. Depending on the size of the applicant pool, additional selection processes may be utilized to identify a top group of candidates. Applicants will be notified of their status via email.

Please be aware the application review is based solely upon the information provided in your application packet, especially the Work Experience and Supplemental Questions sections of your application. Therefore, it is imperative that you provide extensive detail in these sections of your application.

Note: Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection process.

Additionally, the eligible list established from this announcement may be used to fill multiple positions within the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo. Current staff who has previously applied for the position under different announcements must reapply.