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Date:  Jan 23, 2023

Chester, IL, US, 62233-2542

Job Requisition ID:  22411

Agency :  Department of Human Services 

Opening Date: 1/24/2023
Closing Date/Time: 02/06/2023
Salary:   Anticipated Salary: $4,114 - $5,836 per month  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Randolph  
Number of Vacancies:   12  
Plan/BU:   RC009  


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through the website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.


While not required, a Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) is recommended. When applicable, titles that require specific coursework, professional license or certification will include a notation requesting the appropriate document(s) be uploaded in the Additional Documents section of your application. Failure to upload requested transcripts, license and/or proof of certification when specified may result in eligibility. Please note that the Department of Human Services must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) regardless of vacancy title before any offer can be extended.


Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


Posting Identification Number  10-78-22411

Position Overview

Under direct supervision, performs routine tasks in dispensing therapeutic custodial care to mentally ill patients in a maximum security environment on an assigned shift on an assigned unit; escorts and oversees the patient's movements, conduct, activities and basic care of patients under his/her jurisdiction; assists patients with their daily living needs; assists in the orientation of newly admitted patients; provides subprofessional counseling; prepares routine reports concerning patient behavior, progress and response to treatment of medication; confers with supervisor concerning special programs. Actively participates and mediates in the settlement of disputes and altercations. Performs routine checks of security equipment and interior of the buildings. Assists in the on-the-job training for the Security Therapy Aide Trainees. Provides security escorts within the facility and escorts patients for medical services and court appearances outside the facilty.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Performs routine tasks in dispensing therapeutic custodial care to mentally ill patients in a maximum security environment on an assigned shift on an assigned unit. 
  2. Maintains roster of patients for specific areas.
  3. Escorts and oversees the patient’s movements, conduct, activities and basic care of patients under his/her jurisdiction.
  4. Actively participates and mediates in the settlement of disputes and altercations among the patient population.
  5. Performs routine checks of security equipment and interior of the buildings to ensure the integrity of the security systems, locks, screens, etc.
  6. Serves as active treatment team members.
  7. Assists in, observes and/or follows specific treatment programs developed by the treatment team for the individual patient’s problems and treatment.
  8. Operates security and surveillance equipment essential to the overall security of the facility.
  9. Prepares routine reports concerning patient behavior, progress and response to treatment of medication.
  10. Directly supervises patient hygiene and safety to ensure that the personal care needs of the patient are met.
  11. Assists in the on-the-job training to the Security Therapy Aide Trainees and other personnel assigned to immediate work area.
  12. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.


Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of high school.
  2. Requires successful completion of an approved Security Therapy Aide Training Program or equivalent experience.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires ability to control and direct patients with mental illness.
  2. Requires a valid driver’s license.
  3. Requires the ability to physically restrain patients.
  4. Requires the ability to work weekends and holidays.
  5. Requires the ability to understand and implements rules, regulations and policies of the hospital.
  6. Requires ability to pass the IDHS background check.
  7. Requires ability to pass a drug screen for drugs prohibited from recreational use under Illinois Law.
  8. Requires the ability to meet all agency vaccine/health-related policies and guidance.

Work Hours:  Various Shifts. See Below  

(1 vacancy) 7am-3pm Friday/Saturday Off, Unit A

(1 vacancy) 7am-3pm Saturday/Sunday Off, Unit A

(1 vacancy) 3pm-11pm Friday/Saturday Off, Unit B

(1 vacancy) 7am-3pm, Sunday/Monday Off, Unit B

(1 vacancy) 7am-3pm, Monday/Tuesday Off, Unit E

(1 vacancy) 11am-7pm, Thursday/Friday Off, Unit E

(1 vacancy) 7am-3pm, Monday/Tuesday Off, Unit D

(1 vacancy) 11pm-7am, Thursday/Friday Off, Unit F

(1 vacancy) 11pm-7am, Monday/Tuesday Off, Unit F

(1 vacancy) 11pm-7am, Sunday/Monday Off, Unit F

(1 vacancy) 7am-3pm, Wednesday/Thursday Off, Unit F

(1 vacancy) 8:30am-4:30pm, Saturday/Sunday Off, Education Unit 


Work Location: 1315 Lehmen Dr Chester, IL 62233-2542  

Divsion of Mental Health

Chester Mental Health Center 

Security Therapy/Facility Wide
Agency Contact:

Job Family:  Health Services; Social Services  


About the Agency:

The Illinois Department of Human Services serves families in need across Illinois. Our mission is providing equitable access to social services, supports, programs and resources to enhance the lives of all who we serve. We are committed to the core values of Human Dignity, Equity, Community, Urgency, Transparency and Kindness.


As a State of Illinois Employee, you will receive a robust benefit package that includes the following:

  • A Pension Program
  • Competitive Group Insurance Benefits including Health, Life, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 3 Paid Personal Business Days annually
  • 12 Paid Sick Days annually (Sick days carry over from year to year)
  • 10-25 Days of Paid Vacation time annually - (10 days in year one of employment)

          * Personal, Sick, & Vacation rates modified for 12-hour Work Schedules (as applicable)

  • 13 Paid Holidays annually, 14 on even numbered years
  • Flexible Work Schedules (when available dependent upon position)
  • 10 Weeks Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Deferred Compensation Program - A supplemental retirement plan
  • Optional Pre-Tax Programs such as Medical Care Assistance Plan (MCAP), Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program and Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program eligibility
  • 5% Salary Differential for Bilingual Positions
  • Commuter Savings Program (Chicago only)

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