Colorado State Mental Health Clinician I in Pueblo, Colorado

Mental Health Clinician I



Mental Health Clinician I


$3,738.00 - $4,555.00 Monthly


Pueblo, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IIB 03685 06/20/2018


8/16/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) strives to provide the most efficient, effective and elegant services to our customers. Services are elegant when both the provider and the customer feel uplifted by their interaction.

"Daily, our commitment is to be "people who help people"

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.

Come to beautiful Pueblo, Colorado:

  • Two Colorado cities named Top 5 Best Places to Live reported by US News & World Report

  • Enjoy all four seasons

  • Close to the mountains

  • Family-oriented small-town atmosphere

  • Only 90 minutes to Denver and 35 minutes to Colorado Springs

  • Home of the Colorado State Fair

  • Enjoy our Historic Riverwalk, Pueblo Reservoir/State Park and museums

  • Low cost of living

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 (employer assisted)

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short and Long-Term Disability coverage

  • Vacation (8 hrs monthly) and Sick Leave (6.66 hrs monthly)

  • 10 Paid Holidays per year

  • Position may qualify for Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program. For more information, go to:

  • Position may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to:

  • Position may qualify for Loan Forgiveness under Health Resources and Services Administration. Go to

  • For other Health professional loan repayment programs to go:

Description of Job

We are seeking exceptional and caring leaders to provide professional Mental Health Clinician services in our Mental Health setting.

As a Mental Health Clinician, you will be a part of the multi-disciplinary team providing psychiatric and physical treatment, as well as assessing and testing patients with increasing levels of privileges leading to eventual placement in the community on an outpatient basis.

Job Duties:

  • Is responsible to provide care under the direction and supervision of an RN (both psychiatric, and intervene in medical crisis)

  • Provides individual therapy

  • Is assigned to lead groups

  • Reviews POC to ensure groups are assigned that are necessary to improve patient functioning

  • Adheres to hospital policies/nursing procedures

  • Under the direction of a registered nurse, monitors and facilitates the provision of a therapeutic, safe milieu which is crucial to productive treatment

  • Utilizes therapeutic interventions to manage crisis situations and management of assaultive and disruptive behaviors

  • Utilizes proper seclusion and restraint procedures following hospital/nursing department policy and procedure

  • Knows how to access the nursing drive and is expected to utilize it

  • Knows and follows all nursing procedures/forms/form instructions/resource sheets/computerized trainings/nursing groups/competencies/addenda/patient teaching/staff training and competency

  • Helps orient new/pulled/pool staff

  • Complies with standards of regulatory agencies

  • Receives cross shift report form the off going RN and is aware of all 1:1, SP II, medical and psych issues for each patient

  • Leads and participates in program

  • Adheres to Code of Conduct and CMHIP Code of Ethics policies

  • Work collaboratively with all departments/helps where help is needed

  • Promote staff development, education and productivity

  • Assist in in-servicing co-workers and students on clinical issues

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

-Please note, we will be using this announcement to fill multiple vacancies

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associates Degree in a Human Services field (Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Behavioral Science, Clinical Mental Health, Nursing, Mental Health, Childhood Development, Human Growth and Development or Human Services) AND one (1) year of experience providing therapeutic and related services to mental health patients in a mental health or behavioral setting (part-time experience will be prorated).


  • A Bachelor's Degree in a Human Services field (Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Behavioral Science, Clinical Mental Health, Nursing, Mental Health, Childhood Development, Human Growth and Development or Human Services) OR Sixty (60) semester hours in the Human Services field (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 Associates degree and one year of the required experience. You must attach a copy of your unofficial college transcripts to your application if you are applying using this substitution.

  • Two years of work experience providing therapeutic and related services to mental health patients in a mental health or behavioral setting may substitute for required education on a year for year basis. (Part-time experience will be prorated).

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years' 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.

Required Competencies:

  • Ability to maintain required licensure/credentials

  • Knowledge of the nursing process to provide supervision and care for medical and psychiatric patient needs.

  • Dependable, adaptable, and responsible.

  • A strong work ethic based on a foundation of self-motivation, loyalty, honesty, and integrity.

  • Customer/Personal Service - knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services, this includes needs assessment.

  • Psychology - knowledge of human behavior and performance, individual difference in ability, personality, and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

  • Active Listening.

  • Judgment, Decision Making, and Problem Sensitivity - the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong; to include not only solving the problem, but recognizing there is a problem.

  • Oral and Written Communication Skills – the ability to speak and write effectively; providing valid and pertinent information to supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates.

  • Monitoring/Assessing employee performance and/or client behaviors.

  • Organizational Skills.

Supplemental Information Requested: You must attach at least three references to your application. At least two references should be from your employment history, but not those listed as your supervisor.

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.

Essential Attributes:

  • Ability to see and hear in order to observe, address and respond to potential breaches in safety and security work in situations involving assaultive behavior, physical control of another person and/or restraint situations.

  • Must be able to frequently stoop, kneel, crouch, pull and reach.

  • Must be able to lift up to 100+ pounds on occasion.

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.