INTERN, RESEARCH SCIENTIST (Current Employee) – Albany, NY – July 19, 2018
it is a fast pace work with a lot to do. i learn about different medical disease and mental health in the New York state and data analysis. we have a great team management and my co-workers are all supportive in completing team assignment. The hardest part of my job is having a hard time reaching our manager and the most enjoyable is making a difference in peoples life.
Mental Health Therapy Aide (Former Employee) – New York, NY – June 27, 2018
The hardest parts of the job were being assaulted by patients and dealing with an uncaring management. I learned how to deal with the mentally ill patients that have various mental conditions and trauma. The most enjoyable part of the job was when patients would come back after being discharged to you know how well they are doing and that you played a part in that.
Gain experience working with at risk youth and minors diagnosed with mental illness
Short breaks, management and supervisers blaming employees for things out of their control
Information Technology Specialist 3 (Database) (Current Employee) – Albany, NY – May 9, 2018
As across NYS, public sector many managers have no permanent State staff. Retirees are being replaced by Hourly Based ITS workers (HBITS). Management loves it because it means job security as none of their staff can ever work toward applying for or filling the managers job. The problem is the competency level of the Hourly workers is not consistent
Advancement requires exam to get on promotion lists
Food Service Worker I (Former Employee) – Bronx, NY – March 12, 2018
serving people with mental disabilities with breakfast , lunch and dinner also transporting snacks during evenings. cleaning serving area, and dinning areas taking trash out and sweeping and mopping. also responsible for food prep for the following day. assisting cooks with food preparation.
Standards Compliance Specialist / AOT Coordinator (Former Employee) – Poughkeepsie, NY – March 5, 2018
Very happy to have worked for OMH for over 36 years. Great benefits and opportunities for advancement. Allows you to move in many different directions building on your experiences. Keeps you interested in going to work
Region IV Crisis Center (Current Employee) – Batesville, MS – August 10, 2017
A typical day at region IV crisis center would include me clocking in at 7 am signing the clients paperwork and after that I would take their vital signs and log them in the computer. I would walk to the cafeteria with the patients and monitor the while they ate. Next the nurse would administer the medicine to the patients and after that we would allow them to go outside to smoke but I would have to monitor them, they could go outside every two hours until bedtime.The most enjoyable part of the job is when the patients attend group because we discuss very important topics. The hardest part of my job would be when a patient becomes maniac and out of control and myself and another tech would have to assist the nurse in transporting the patient onto level one away from the rest of the patients.I learned to be more patient with people mental disability.
clerical staff (Current Employee) – Bronx, NY – June 5, 2017
Overall, the company provides stability and excellent benefits. However, there is no room for growth within the company. Although there are opportunities to take examinations, they hire outsiders before current employees.
Trainer/Consultant-Training Video Producer (Former Employee) – Albany, NY – May 22, 2016
I spent 10 years at OMH and they functioned like most government organizations. Most of the workers were career civil service people and they did not have the proper incentives to do quality work. Many good people with very poor management and structure.
Secretary (Former Employee) – Albany, NY – January 24, 2016
Great Experience working for OMH. Cordial and friendly coworkers. Most enjoyable part of job was working with people. Learned how to set up meetings, Managing multiline phone system and how to direct calls. Lots of other clerical duties. Was very comfortable with workload.
Licensed Master Social Worker (Current Employee) – Bronx, NY – December 7, 2015
My first foray into mental health. Excellent ground work, but difficult and not always immediately rewarding. Very challenging system, bureaucratically antiquated. Great opportunities for growth in the SW industry if one is interested in developing their own private practice. The Office of Mental of Health is one of the foremost NYS government institutions that provides necessary training for certification advancement. Pros, a permanent job and permanent paycheck after probation. Cons, Top heavy with management, ulterior motives and machavellian tactics utilized to insure the growth of very few individuals. Co-workers not interested/too scary to hold union feet to the fire, therefore nothing much changes from year to year. Also, takes seven years to reach top salary.
A good place to work if you are devoted to creating and maintaining healing environments.
Facilities Design, Bureau of Environmental Design (Former Employee) – Albany, NY – November 5, 2015
The offices of NYSOMH employed a devoted staff who were committed to providing inpatients and outpatients with safe and healthy environments. This required travel with long hours and meetings with a diverse population of staff and consultants.
Survey Editor (On contract) (Former Employee) – New York, NY – February 26, 2014
A typical day at work was on paper review/editing.
• Review yearly New York State Mental Health Survey conducted in Albany • Edit and flag out discrepancies • phone contact to various mental health programs throughout the State of New York to report discrepancies and ask for updated of all records for compliance according Make NYS Mental Health regulation. • Making sure that all documents are securely kept for reference purpose • Answer phone calls to address questions regarding survey • Attend to routine office paper work