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Job Title:  Residential Program Specialist 1 
Job Reference ID:  47129 
Grade:  15 
Posted Date:  05/15/2019 
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Job Description

As an active member of the Sexually Violent Persons Unit, this position provides for the care, custody, and control of the residents of the Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center.


 Promoting Health and Wellness for all Arizonans” is the motto of the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). ADHS promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults and sets the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy and leadership. ADHS is an award winning, nationally recognized department and is one of the largest in Arizona State Government with a budget of 1.5 billion dollars and workforce of approximately 1,550 employees.


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Residential Program Specialist 1

Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center (ACPTC)

Arizona State Hospital - 501 N. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008

The Arizona State Hospital (ASH) is located on a 93 acre campus at 24th Street and Van Buren, in Phoenix, Arizona.  ASH provides long-term inpatient psychiatric care to Arizonans with mental illnesses that are under court order for treatment. ASH protects the rights and privileges of each patient, including the patients’ rights to confidentiality and privacy. Treatment at ASH is considered “the highest and most restrictive” level of care in the state. Patients are admitted as a result of an inability to be treated in a community facility or due to their legal status.  Hospital personnel provide state-of-the-art inpatient psychiatric care and are committed to treating patients and personnel with dignity and respect.  Interdisciplinary care is delivered in collaboration with the patient, family, legal representatives and community providers with a focus on recovery and community reintegration.


As an active member of the Sexually Violent Persons Unit, this position provides for the care, custody, and control of the residents of the Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center.

This role offers rotating schedules to include any day of the week to meet the needs of the hospital and its patients. We offer 8 hour work schedules, shift differentials and guaranteed shifts.

All Arizona State employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Responsibilities include:

        Providing resident escort inside and outside the facility

        Carrying out specific security/safety duties to maintain order and discipline in residential area

        Receiving requests from residents and consulting with leads/managers for decision making

        Orientating residents to the milieu and observing residents for unusual or significant behavior

        Participating/implementing crisis intervention and behavior management when necessary

        Inspecting resident rooms to ensure compliance with facility policies

        Participating in games, sports, and other recreational activities as part of interaction in accordance with program plan

        Completing program assignments in a timely and productive manner

        Interacting on a one–to-one basis or as a group with residents in a helping role in accordance with unit guidelines

        Compiling information, and documenting in an electronic health record

        Writing incident reports

        Supporting a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of ADHS, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.


Position Requirements include:

-        This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent

-        Knowledge principles and practices of interpersonal communications; dynamics of human behaviors and crisis intervention; security, order, and discipline systems and programs of an institutional setting; laws, rules, regulations, and policies governing high security risk residents; and methods and techniques of security enforcement, and management of difficult populations

-        Skills in compiling and documenting resident records; crisis intervention including the application of approved physical interventions when necessary; compiling and documenting resident behavioral health records; verbal and written communication as required by the work activities in a residential setting for residents; working with sexually violent persons, drug abusers, or residents with mental health issues

-        Ability observe, learn, and interpret habits and attitudes and behaviors of persons with psychiatric diagnosis and criminal histories and provide basic care to these individuals; follow written and verbal directives as provided by supervisory and/or clinical professional staff; carry put safety and security duties to maintain order and discipline; complete and document resident behavior in prescribed format in the case file; and rapidly respond to emergency situations


Preferred Qualifications:

        The ideal candidate will possess previous work experience in the care of psychiatric patients, residents or inmates in a behavioral management program, forensic mental health setting or correctional mental health program

        Preference will be given to candidates with prior Public Health experience


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:

-        Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans

-        Top-ranked retirement and long-term disability plans

-        Accrued vacation pay and sick days

-        10 paid holidays per year

-        Deferred compensation plan

-        Credit union membership

-        Wellness plans

Employment Requirements

A State Hospital employee must be able to obtain a valid Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1758.07. Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment.  Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12). Ideally the successful candidate will have strength to deal with physical situations involving patient care.


-        Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

-        All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.

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Having trouble applying for this position?

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