PERSONAL CARE ASST. - NO LICENSE REQ'D **$3,250 Sign-On Incentive**
Company: Government jobs
Posted on: January 21, 2023
*** $3,250 Sign On Incentive!!! ***
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Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP)
As a cornerstone of the Pueblo community for over a century,
Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) is a leading
employer, provider of quality mental health services, and a
CMHIP is a 24 hour behavioral health acute care facility that is
intended to provide a safe, secure, and therapeutic setting for
patients with both psychiatric and medical issues. The services
provided include evaluation and treatment for patients who are
severely mentally ill, and the goal of this facility is to return
patients to their optimal level of functioning and assist them in
returning to the community as appropriate. Description of Job
*THIS POSTING WILL BE USED TO FILL MULTIPLE FULL-TIME AND
Shift Times: All shifts at the facility are twelve (12) hour
shifts. Depending on the FTE of the position they are selected for,
staff will be required to work a set number of days within a two
week cycle. Shift times available include day, night, and graveyard
Part-time employees are required to work three shifts per week.
**Please note: While there may be some flexibility in scheduling,
shift times and dates may vary, depending on the needs of the
This position exists to deliver nursing care and therapeutic
interventions under the supervision of a registered nurse. The
Certified Nursing Assistant I (CNA I) provides nursing care, which
often revolves around assistance with activities of daily living,
self-maintenance, and hygiene. CNAIs main responsibilities include
patient observation and reporting, assisting with patient care as
directed, and unit maintenance and security.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Participates in implementation of the treatment plan and
utilizes the plan of care.
- Provides security and accountability for clients' location and
- Assistance in patient transportation, including safely and
securely transporting patients to areas such as the yard, gym,
visits, administrative conference room, staffing/dispo reviews, and
court/community reintegration sites.
- Monitors general client activities and promptly responds to
patient's psychiatric and/or medical crisis.
- Administers both psychiatric and medical crisis interventions
under the direction and supervision of an RN, including potential
management of assaultive and disruptive behaviors.
- Responds to duress alarm.
- Responsible for changing linen, assisting with bathing, feeding
and other ADL care, and lifting/turning/transferring patients.
- May be required to perform patient sitter duties for the entire
shift, which involves sitting within arm's length of a patient and
monitoring them at all times.
- Knows how to access the nursing drive on the computer and is
expected to utilize it.
- Responsible in ensuring educational profile is current and up
- Participates in the QA/PI process at the unit level as directed
by the Lead Nurse.
- Attends weekly nursing rounds or read/review and understand
information in the weekly NEC minutes to be aware of nursing
direction, new information, changes in
- Reports to RN and up appropriate chain of command in applicable
situations, including but not limited to changes in patient
behavior, medical needs, workplace harassment, etc.
- Assures all assigned duties are complete and documented each
- Learns, follows and complies with all employee, facility, and
applicable rules and regulations.
- Performs other duties as assigned Minimum Qualifications,
Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
- A high school diploma or GEDSubstitutions:
- Current valid certification as a Nurse Aide (CNA) from the
Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies will substitute for the
high school diploma or GEDPreferred Qualifications:
- Experience working in a mental health setting
- Willingness to work an occasional graveyard/night shift
- Interest in pursuing or currently pursuing CNA licensure
- Experience assisting residents/patients with their Activities
of Daily Living (ADL) care with the mentally ill population.
- Experience observing, recording, reporting, and documenting
changes in a patient's condition.Required Competencies:
- Excellent Oral Communication Skills
- Problem Solving
- Participating as an Active Team PlayerConditions of
- Name check, TRAILS and Fingerprinting, CAP
- A Tuberculosis Test (TB), and other required immunizations will
be required upon hire.
- Required to report without delay or interruption to provide
essential or emergency
services to ensure health, safety, and welfare.
- May be required to work overtime as needed on a shift or
weekend not part of scheduled hours (days, evenings, or
- Ability to work weekends, holidays, back to back shifts and
double back shifts, when necessary.
- Work in a secure facility in locked and unlocked
- Willing to work with the mentally ill population.
- Willing to work with individuals with a range of moods
behaviors, utilizing tactfulness and congenial, personal
- Shall not initiate or engage in sexual, social, personal or
financial relationships with patients either during or any time
after hospitalization, even if the patient requests or initiates
such a relationship. All relationships with current or former
patients must be disclosed on your application.
- Successfully pass all modules of the CMHIP New Employee
Orientation core curriculum to include English reading
comprehension, relevant competency assessments and
written/practical exams in Defensive Tactics.
- Physically able to perform the duties required for the
- Work in situations involving assaultive behavior, physical
control of another person and/or restraint situations.
- Ability to read and comprehend the English language, in
addition to effectively and fluently communicating in English, both
verbally and in writing.
- Work in an environment with fluctuating noise and temperature
(hot and cold) which may include working outdoors in inclement
weather and/or concrete floor/wall work settings.
- Willing and able to travel.
- Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services
(CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of
termination must disclose the information on your application and
may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.
- On or after October 31, 2021, each facility shall ensure all
newly hired employees or support staff members are fully vaccinated
at the time of hire or receive their first dose of a two-dose
protocol, or a single-dose vaccination, prior to providing any
care, treatment, or other services for the facility and/or its
clients. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days
to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination.
Vaccinated employees must provide proof of first dose prior to
- Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose
in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer,
Moderna or Novavax vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose
vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine.
- Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation
shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission's vaccination guidance. If you
would like to request a medical or religious exemption, please
contact CDHS_HumanResources@state.co.usEssential Attributes:
- Ability to see and hear in order to observe, address and
respond to potential breaches in safety and security work in
situations involving assaultive behavior, physical control of
another person and/or restraint situations.
- Must be able to frequently stoop, kneel, crouch, pull and
- Must be able to lift up to 50+ pounds on occasion.
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from
consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the
State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel
An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form,
signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered
to the State Personnel Board by email
(firstname.lastname@example.org), postmarked in US Mail or
hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203),
or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your
receipt of notice or acknowledgment of the department's action.
For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal
form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to
spb.colorado.gov; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance
at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR)
801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's
Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and
Disputes, at spb.colorado.gov under Rules. Supplemental
Upon approval, a sign-on incentive based on position, ranging from
$2,000 to $7,000 (prorated if a part-time position), will be given
in three payments: within two pay cycles of when the new employee
starts at CDHS, 180-day anniversary and 270-day anniversary with
CDHS. These incentives will be available to the first 1,000 new
employees in select high-need positions.
How to Apply
The Assessment Process
For additional recruiting questions, please contact
If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider
joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human
Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver
high quality human and health services that improve the safety,
independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition
to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we
- Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a
PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan
www.copera.org plus 401(k) and 457 plans
- Medical and dental health plans
- Employer supplemented Health Savings Account
- Paid life insurance
- Short- and long-term disability coverage
- 11 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
- BenefitHub state employee discount program
- Employee Wellness program MotivateMe
- Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules,
training and more
- Remote work arrangements for eligible positions
*Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Program. For more
information, go to
We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of
Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an
energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best
Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient
through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and
wellness, and employee engagement.
We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our
actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human
services in Colorado.
Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our
partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.
We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by
doing what is right, not what is easy.
Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all
partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for
We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and
providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore,
we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and
ADAA Accommodations:CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all
qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will
assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable
accommodation requests related to employment, including completing
the application process, interviewing, completing any
pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection
process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the
requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you
have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure
you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this
position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator,
Nancy Schmelzer, at email@example.com or call
-THE STATE OF COLORADO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER-
Toll Free Applicant Technical Support
The State of Colorado offers permanent employees a variety of
benefits including medical, dental, life and disability insurance,
as well as a comprehensive leave program. Please click the
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job announcement which includes contact information and class
title. Select the job you wish to view, then click on the "Print"
01 Do you have a high school diploma or GED?
02 What do you imagine the typical day would look like when working
in a psychiatric hostpital?
03 Describe a difficult situation you have been involved in and how
did you handle it? What did you learn from it?
04 Why do you want to work at CMHIP?
05 Have you ever been terminated and/or counseled for performance
issues? If so, please identify the employer(s) and provide
additional explanation in the space below.
06 The following list includes necessary conditions of employment
for this position. The inability to conduct or comply with these
conditions of employment, may result in removal from consideration,
demotion, or termination. *Name check, TRAILS and Fingerprinting,
CAP *A Tuberculosis (TB), and other required immunizations will be
required upon hire. *Required to report without delay or
interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure
health, safety, and welfare. *May be required to work overtime as
needed on a shift or weekend not part of scheduled hours (days,
evenings, or nights). *Ability to work weekends, holidays, back to
back shifts and double back shifts, when necessary. *Work in a
secure facility in locked and unlocked environments. *Willing wo
work with the mentally ill population. *Willing to work with
individuals with a range of moods and behaviors, utilizing
tactfulness and congenial, personal manner. *Shall not initiate or
engage in sexual, social, personal or financial relationships with
patients either during or any time after hospitalization, even if
the patient requests or initiates such a relationship. All
relationships with current or former patients must be disclosed on
your application. *Successfully pass all modules of the MCHIP New
Employee Orientation core curriculum to include English reading
comprehension, relevant competency assessments and
written/practical exams in Defensive Tactics. *Physically able to
perform the duties required for the position. *Work in situations
involving assaultive behavior, physical control of another person
and/or restraint situations. *Ability to read and comprehend the
English language, in addition to effectively and fluently
communicating in English, both verbally and in writing. *Work in an
environment with fluctuating noise and temperature (hot and cold)
which may include working outdoors in inclement weather and/or
concrete floor/wall work setting. *Willing and able to travel. If
there are any conditions of employment listed that you are
potentially unable to comply with, please indicate which ones in
the box below.
07 Patient needs consistently change and therefore we need to move
staff to other units. Are you willing to be pulled to other units
to help maintain quality patient care?
08 A condition of employment listed above is that employees shall
not initiate or engage in sexual, social, personal or financial
relationships with patients either during or any time after
hospitalization, even if the patient requests or initiates such a
relationship. All relationships with current or former patients
must be disclosed on your application. If you have information to
disclose regarding this topic, please do so below.
09 Are you a current or previous State of Colorado employee?
10 If you are a current or former State of Colorado employee,
please list your employee number (begins with 997). Please also
provide the department, job title, and dates worked for any
positions that you are currently or have previously occupied. If
this does not apply to you, please type N/A in the box below.
11 Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or
resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on
the application. In the space below, please provide an explanation
as to why the prior termination or resignation should NOT
disqualify your application from the current position. If not
applicable please type N/A.
12 By clicking below, I have read the official job announcement for
the position, understand the requirements for the position, and
acknowledge that my name will be removed from the eligibility list
should I decline to interview or decline an offer or refuse the
conditions of employment.
- I acknowledge that I have read and understand the information
on the job announcement, that my name will be removed from the
eligibility list should I decline to interview or decline an offer
or refuse the conditions of employment.
13 The bottom of this job announcement provides links to additional
information on how to apply, the assessment process, toll free
applicant technical support, and about how the State of Colorado is
an equal opportunity employer. Please acknowledge below that you
have read the information provided in these links.
- This information is available to me and I have read this
- I am unable to access the links with this information on the
job posting. (If you select this option, please contact the
recruiter, whose information is listed on this announcement, so
that they can send this information directly to you.)
14 How did you hear about this position?
- Pueblo Chieftain
- The Gazette
- State Job Boards
- Word of Mouth/Current Employee
15 Were you referred by a CDHS employee? If yes, what is their
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