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Date:  Sep 21, 2022

Springfield, IL, US, 62703-5125

Job Requisition ID:  18744

Agency :  Department of Human Services 

Opening Date: 09/22/2022
Closing Date/Time: 10/05/2022
Salary:   Anticipated Salary: $3,950 - $5,836 per month  
Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Sangamon  
Number of Vacancies:   2  
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.


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Posting Identification Number  10-83-18744

Position Overview

The Division of Mental Health is seeking to hire a Security Therapy Aide I for the McFarland Mental Health Center located in Springfield, Illinois to perform duties associated with the direct therapeutic care of adult patients in a secure forensic unit on 2nd shift. Conducts activities, utilizes therapeutic interventions and provides basic care of patients consistent with their individual treatment plan. Monitors patient activities and behaviors to verify a safe, secure environment. Encourages and assists patients to increase independence in activities of daily living. Completes all records and documentation. Transports/drives individuals to court appearances, medical appointment and other needs outside the facility. Travels in performance of job duties.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Performs duties associated with the direct therapeutic care of patients on 2nd shift Lincoln Hall South, a secure forensic unit.
  2. Monitors patient activities and behaviors to verify a safe, secure environment for the individual patient by performing patient counts, head checks and other routine /special checks.
  3. Encourages and assists patients to increase independence in activities of daily living.
  4. Completes all records and documentation electronically and manually to the patients progress and participation as they pertain to treatment.
  5. Completes mandatory training requirements to maintain age and illness specific and departmental competencies, including forensic and adolescent issues. 
  6. Transports/drives individuals to court appearances, medical appointment and other needs outside the facility.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned or required which are reasonably within the scope of 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 the ability to physically restrain patients as necessary to prevent injury to the patient or others.
  2. Requires the ability to work after business hours, weekends and holidays.
  3. Requires the ability to control and direct patients.
  4. Requires the ability to report and document unusual happenings, accidents or violations of rules.
  5. Requires the ability to understand and implement rules, regulations and policies of the facility.
  6. Requires a valid driver’s license.
  7. Requires the ability to travel.
  8. Requires ability to pass the IDHS background check.
  9. Requires ability to pass a drug screen for drugs prohibited from recreational use under Illinois Law.
  10. Requires the ability to meet all agency vaccine/health-related policies and guidance.

Work Hours:  3:00pm - 11:00pm; rotating days off working every other weekend  
Work Location: 901 E Southwind Rd Springfield, IL 62703-5125  

McFarland Mental Health Center

Division of Mental Health

Lincoln Hall South - 2nd Shift
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)
• 13 Paid Holidays annually, 14 on even numbered years
• Flexible Work Schedules (when available dependent upon position)
• 10-25 Days of Paid Vacation time annually - (10 days in year one of employment)
• 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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