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SECURITY THERAPY AIDE TRAINEE

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois. A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public. Bilingual skills welcome

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Date:  Jan 23, 2023
Location: 

Chester, IL, US, 62233-2542

Job Requisition ID:  22412

Agency :  Department of Human Services 

Opening Date: 1/24/2023
Closing Date/Time: 02/06/2023
 
Salary:   Anticipated Salary: $3,471 - $4,928 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 illinois.jobs2web.com 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  10-78-22412

Position Overview

The Division of Mental Health is seeking to hire a Security Therapy Aide Trainee for the Chester Mental Health Center located in Chester, Illinois to receive training and on-the-job experience in providing therapeutic custodial care to adults in a secure residential care forensic unit for a period of six to twelve months. Receives on-the-job training in implementing interpersonal relationships. Assists higher level staff in overall patient care. Receives training regarding methods used to escort patients. Escorts patients to court appearances, medical appointments, and other needs outside of the facility. Receives training on methods used to observe and intervene in patient behavior. Assists in making periodic counts of patients. Travels in performance of job duties.

Job Responsibilities

  1. For a period of six to twelve months, receives training and on-the-job experience in providing therapeutic custodial care to adults in a secure residential care forensic unit.
  2. Receives on-the-job training in implementing interpersonal relationships and developing a counseling role with selected patients.
  3. Assists higher level staff in overall patient care on various units within the facility.
  4. Receives training regarding methods used to escort patients to meals, recreation areas, group or patient therapy locations, consultations with professional habilitation personnel, hearings or on inter-institutional transfers and assists higher level unit staff.
  5. Receives training on methods used to observe and intervene in patient behavior using aggression management techniques and assists higher level staff to physically restrain patients with behavior problems.
  6. Receives training and with guidance, administers simple oral medications.
  7. Assists in making periodic counts of patients.
  8. Transports/drives, using state owned vehicle, patients to court appearances, medical appointments, and other needs outside of the facility.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned or required 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.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires the ability to physically restrain patients as necessary to prevent injury to the patient or others.
  2. Requires the ability to walk and stand for a significant period of time, including stooping, bending and lifting.
  3. Requires the ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  4. Requires the ability to acquire and maintain Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate.
  5. Requires the ability to work after business hours, weekends and holidays.
  6. Requires the ability to participate in and successfully complete the Security Therapy Aide training program.
  7. Requires the ability to protect self and others.
  8. Requires a valid driver’s license.
  9. Requires the ability to travel.
  10. Requires ability to pass the IDHS background check.
  11. Requires ability to pass a drug screen for drugs prohibited from recreational use under Illinois Law.
  12. Requires the ability to meet all agency vaccine/health-related policies and guidance.

 

Work Hours:  24/7 Variable Shifts  
Work Location: 1315 Lehmen Dr Chester, IL 62233-2542 

Divsion of Mental Health

Chester Mental Heath Center 

Security Therapy Unit 
Agency Contact:
 
DHS.HiringUnit@Illinois.gov

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)

For more information about our benefits please follow this link: https://www2.illinois.gov/cms/benefits/Pages/default.aspx

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Use the “Apply” button at the top right or bottom right of this posting to begin the application process.

If you are not already signed in, you will be prompted to do so. 

State employees should sign in to the career portal for State of Illinois employees – a link is available at the top left of the Illinois.jobs2web.com homepage in the blue ribbon. 

Non-State employees should log in on the using the “View Profile” link in the top right of the Illinois.jobs2web.com homepage in the blue ribbon.  If you have never before signed in, you will be prompted to create an account.

If you have questions about how to apply, please see the following resources:

State employees: Log in to the career portal for State employees and review the Internal Candidate Application Job Aid

Non-State employees: on Illinois.jobs2web.com – click “Application Procedures” in the footer of every page of the website.

 

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