State of Massachusetts Mental Health Worker I in Taunton State Hospital, Massachusetts

Provides direct care and treatment to the adult mentally ill clients on the locked units of DMH at Taunton State Hospital under the direction of professional nursing staff. The MHW I will provide assistance, instruction and supervision in activities of daily living to include hygiene, care of living area, care of personal belongings. All interactions will be person centered utilizing a person first approach with safety of all being the number one priority while acknowledging the dignity of risk.

Provides direct care services daily to include but not limited to taking vital signs, monitoring intake and output as well as assisting clients with feeding and personal hygiene while instructing and assisting clients in learning skills of daily living to promote independent ADL functioning. Utilizes a Person First, Person Centered approach when working with clients in assisting them in their recovery. Provides care to the patients with respect to their needs as defined by the specific age population and / or culture.. Assist in problem identification, planning and teaching by reporting pertinent observations to charge person.Serves as a client advocate, ensures that confidentiality and human rights are maintained. Ensures the spiritual needs of clients are met by coordinating with senior staff and / or charge nurse. Initiates an individual Crisis Card for each client on admission by sitting with the client and reviewing what the client has found to be effective ways to manage their individual crises. Updates the crisis card monthly. Counsels patients as indicated by conversing with them on a 1-1 basis using therapeutic communication in order to facilitate a therapeutic environment. Accompanies clients to various appointments, programs, and treatment areas and assists professional or medical staff as needed. Participates in activities with patients to include board games, puzzles, ping pong, to provide the patients with opportunities to reduce their “down” time. Leads at least one activity group per week encouraging clients to participate in either on of off unit groups. Attends daily report at the start of each day. Utilizes information learned in report to provide optimal care to the patients. In the absence of a higher grade MHW, makes out the daily ward assignment shift after consulting the charge nurse. Assignment is made with consideration to acuity, patient and staff safety, and client needs. Checks assignment sheet at the start of each shift and accurately performs all duties as assigned. Responds to all behavioral emergencies on and off unit as assigned utilizing accepted interventions to promote a safe environment for all. Provides a clean and safe environment by supervising and assisting with ward tidiness to ensure cleanliness. Provides a safe unit environment by accurately performing patient safety checks, accurately signing patients on and off the unit. Completes required documentation as assigned, accurately reflecting the patient’s presentation within established guidelines.Demonstrates responsibility regarding punctuality and attendance to assure staff is available to provide patient care. Attends mandatory trainings as assigned to promote growth and knowledge. Applies knowledge gained to provide quality patient care. Demonstrates knowledge of R&S reduction principles including prevention, de-escalation, and debriefing. Reads and familiarizes self with new, updated existing protocols and policies in order to provide optimal care.

Hours: 2:45 pm - 11:15 pm

Days Off: Wednesday & Thursday

Taunton State Hospital (TSH) is a 45-bed inpatient facility that provides continuing care inpatient to adults with major mental illnesses. The hospital is a leader in the successful integration of the Principles of Recovery and a rehabilitation philosophy into the treatment model. The hospital is a part of the Southeast Area of the Department of Mental Health which works closely with the inpatient treatment teams to facilitate patients’ discharge back to the community. There is also a robust commitment to evidence-based practices. The hospital is a Joint Commission accredited facility. We offer an excellent salary and benefit package, including tuition remission, shift and weekend differential,educational/certification incentives (As per Union Contract),health insurance and alternative work schedules.

Pre-Offer Process

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions please contact Dina Robinson at 508-977-3383.

This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.



An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Direct Care

Organization: *Department of Mental Health

Title: Mental Health Worker I

Location: Massachusetts-Taunton State Hospital

Requisition ID: 170003OX