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State of Minnesota Mental Health Program Assistant (MHPA) in Wadena, Minnesota

Job Class: Mental Health Program Assistant (MHPA)

Agency: Human Services Dept

This position was previously announced on 05/12/2023. If you already applied for this job, you do not need to reapply.

  • Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers

  • Date Posted : 06/02/2023

  • Closing Date : 06/15/2023

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Human Services Dept / DHS Brainerd AFSCME

  • Division/Unit : Direct Care and Treatment / Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services

  • Work Shift : Night or Rotating Shift

  • Work Hours : 10:00pm-8:00am (Night) or Varies (Rotating)

  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday

  • Travel Required : No

  • Salary Range: $16.02 - $25.41 / hourly

  • Job Class Option : Mental Health Rehab Worker

  • Classified Status : Classified

  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 204 - Health Care Non Professional/AFSCME

  • Work Area : MSHS Wadena

  • FLSA Status : Nonexempt

  • Telework Eligible : No

  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities (https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/diverse-workforce/people-with-disabilities/connect700/) : Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

**Candidates may be eligible for hiring bonus up to $2500!

**This posting may be used to fill multiple full-time or part-time, night or rotating shift vacancies

Minnesota Specialty Health System (MSHS) Wadena provides rehabilitation and supportive residential services for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. The Mental Health Program Assistant will perform specific tasks to improve functional skills of residents in providing short-term safe, quality and supportive residential services to Serious and Persistent Mentally Ill consumers. This position will also participate as an active member of the treatment team under the direction of the mental health practitioner and clinical supervisor.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Utilize the Illness Management and Recovery model and person-centered approach to assist consumers with the provision of reintegration and placement into the community to promote independence, autonomy, personal responsibility, and personal control.

  • Participate actively in on-going professional growth and development, maintain appropriate professional behavior and utilize professional supervision.

  • Provide transportation to consumers to achieve the goals of the service plan and proper utilization of a state vehicle when assigned to a designated site.

Minimum Qualifications

To qualify, applicants must have all of the following:

  • Candidates must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

  • Meet the qualifications of the section 245I.04, subdivision 14, Mental Health Rehabilitation Worker (https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/245I.04#stat.245I.04.2)

Knowledge of:

  • Behavior modification theory/techniques sufficient to implement behavior management components of treatment plans.

  • Mental illness sufficient to design and implement individual treatment plans, identify and control aggressive/ violent/ inappropriate behavior.

  • Therapeutic intervention techniques sufficient to control aggressive or violent behavior.

  • Laws, rules, regulations and policies governing treatment of mental illness and vulnerable adults sufficient to protect the rights of clients/residents.

Ability to:

  • Perform basic health care procedures, such as taking vital signs and administering medications.

  • Observe, interpret and document client behaviors sufficient to provide information needed for evaluation and treatment planning.

  • Read, write and speak English sufficient to interpret, implement and evaluate individual treatment plans for mentally ill.

  • Interact with clients sufficient to assist in the delivery of group therapy, teach specialized and vocational skills, and teach recreation and life skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Our employees are dedicated to ensuring cultural responsiveness. Preferred candidates will have a variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures.

Additional Requirements

To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.

REFERENCE/BACKGROUND CHECKS - The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and criminal background check prior to appointment.


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us . Please indicate what assistance is needed.