The Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Pocasset Mental
Health Center is seeking a creative, dynamic and experienced
Vocational Rehabilitation Professional to function as the Benefits
Specialist on an Adult Community Clinical Service (ACCS) Integrated
team and serve as a resource for all benefits and entitlements
related questions and concerns. The successful candidate will
assess the financial status of Persons Served to assist with
accessing and securing appropriate entitlements and/or benefits as
well as providing ongoing vocational supports where needed.
Please Note: The selected candidate will work 40 hours on the
1st shift from 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. The days off
are Sunday and Saturday.
Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary
and not all inclusive):
- Support Persons Served in the development of skills necessary
to secure and maintain employment by utilizing coping strategies,
natural supports and safety planning, when necessary.
- Provide rehabilitative interventions to assist persons served
in building and using skills and accessing resources to achieve
treatment goals, manage symptoms and live productive and meaningful
lives. These interventions take into account SAMHSA's 8 Dimensions
- Assist in the development, understanding, & implementation of
lAPs of assigned case load by involving person served and
significant others as appropriate and assess the needs of assigned
persons on a regular basis by reviewing records, providing
supportive counseling and maintaining regular contact with persons
served and families via outreach in their home or other community
- Monitor the financial status of all Persons Served and assist
with accessing and securing appropriate benefits/entitlements.
- Build relationships with and act as the ACCS liaison to local
DTA, Social Security and MassHealth offices as well as refer
eligible clients to MRC and clubhouse to access vocational services
- Collaborate with integrated team and GLE to provide
benefits/entitlements related feedback and information in order to
facilitate communication between benefit/entitlement resources, the
team and person served.
- Asess the needs of assigned persons on a regular basis by
reviewing records, providing supportive counseling and maintaining
regular contact with persons served and families via outreach in
their home or other community environments.
- Transporting or arranging transportation for persons served
that need that level of service.
- A skill for gathering information through observing and
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in oral
- Ability to work in a team setting and in-group situations.
- Methods and techniques to establish a support and deal
tactfully with persons from varied ethnic, cultural or economic
- Maintain a calm manner in stressful or emergency situations and
knowledge of techniques to interact with people who are under
physical and/or emotional stress.
- Ability to exercise sound judgment and to observe behavioral
reactions and changes in usual pattern.
Prefer Licensed Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and/or
Licensed Mental Health Counselor with experience in working with a
community-based population with severe mental illness.
For this function travel is required, therefore a current and
valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license or the
equivalent from another state is necessary.
About the Pocasset Mental Health Center on Cape Cod:
The Pocasset Mental Health Center provides comprehensive
services to adults and children. Programs include a 16-bed acute
in-patient unit, Case Management, Day Treatment Program, and Adult
Community Clinical Services (ACCS). The Pocasset Mental Health
Center is a Joint Commission certified facility. In all we always
aspire to create an environment which promotes growth and
independence for patients, families, and employee alike.
Learn more about our important work: https://www.mass.gov/locations/pocasset-mental-health-center
As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are
offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of
services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a
paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an
outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider
towards your overall compensation, including:
- 75% state paid medical insurance premium
- Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
- Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance
- Low cost basic and optional life insurance
- Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred
Compensation 457(b) plan
- 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and
- Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and
- Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program
- Incentive-based Wellness Programs
- Professional Development and Continuing Education
- Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness
A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended
candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive
Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being
hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori
Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in
accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring
Education and license/certification information provided by the
selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record
Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
For questions, please contact Human Resources at (508)
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply
within the first 14 days.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE: At least four years of full-time, or
equivalent part-time, professional experience in social work,
social casework, vocational counseling, employment counseling,
rehabilitation counseling, or educational counseling.
- A Bachelor's or higher degree in rehabilitation, vocational
rehabilitation counseling, education of the physically or
emotionally handicapped, education of the multiple handicapped,
education of the learning disabled, social work, psychology, human
services, or counseling may be substituted for the required
experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of
- A Bachelor's or higher degree in a major other than
rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation counseling, education of
the physically or emotionally handicapped, education of the
multiple handicapped, education of the learning disabled, social
work, psychology, human services, or counseling may be substituted
for a maximum of one year of the required experience on the basis
of four years of education for one year of experience.
- A Master's or higher degree in social work, psychology, human
services, rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation counseling, or
counseling may be substituted for an additional year of the
required experience on the basis of two years of education for one
year of experience.
- Licensure as a Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor by the Board
of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals or
Certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor by the
Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification may be
substituted for the required experience.
- One year of education equals 30 semester hours. Education
toward a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of
the requirements actually completed.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females,
minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly
encouraged to apply.