Mental Health Worker I
Opening Date: January 13, 2023
Closing Date: March 30, 2023
Job Class Code: 4015
Salary: $20.96 – $22.96/hr.*
*Hourly rate is inclusive of f a $1.00/hr. salary stipend and a $1.00/hr. direct care stipend.
Employees in this job classification begin at Step 5 of the pay scale. Starting salary for promotional candidates will follow contractual requirements.
- Additional shift differential .35¢/hour while working 2nd shift hours
- Additional shift differential .45¢/hour while working 3rd shift hours
- Additional weekend differential $.60/hour while working weekend hours
Do you have a passion for mental healthcare, but haven’t found a team that shares the same level of enthusiasm and compassionate care? We believe each staff member plays an integral role in meeting our mission to provide the highest quality of care possible. As our newest Mental Health Worker, you will provide paraprofessional support work involving the direct care, and rehabilitation of patients. Responsibilities include: implementing programs, treatment and education of those with severe and persistent mental illness and providing their direct patient care. We know our employees are the key to our success. We currently have job opportunities available, so you too can become part of our organization.
High School diploma or equivalent. Preference will be given to those candidates with experience in mental health and who are registered on the State of Maine’s CNA register.
Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center (DDPC) is a 69-bed psychiatric hospital serving the entire State of Maine that provides services for people with severe mental illness. As a member of a statewide community of care givers, DDPC collaborates with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, their community and personal supports, to provide recovery-oriented, respectful, compassionate, and effective psychiatric care and treatment in the least restrictive, safest, and most therapeutic environment we can create.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State's population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers.
For additional information about this position please contact Erin Dudar, Recruiter at 207-561-5431 or email [email protected]
To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter. To request a paper application, please contact Theresa Peppard at [email protected]
No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:
- Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leaveVacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.
- Health Insurance Coverage– The State of Maine pays 85%-100%of employee-only premiums ($9,893.52-$11,057.52 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costsfor you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.Health Insurance Premium Credit– Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements.
- Dental Insurance– The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).
- Retirement Plan– The State of Maine contributes 17.96% of payto the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.
- Gym Membership Reimbursement– Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.
- Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts– Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.
- Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness– The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office.
- Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.
- Parental leaveis one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
- Voluntary Deferred Compensation– Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.
- Learn aboutadditional wellness benefitsfor State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.
There's a job and then there's purposeful, transformative work. Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role.
As an Equal Opportunity employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics.
If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.