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Office of Mental Health

Careers with New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) offers exciting career opportunities to qualified individuals in diverse occupational areas. With a workforce of approximately 15,000 individuals, OMH operates psychiatric centers, satellite units, outpatient clinics and community residences in locations across the state. OMH also regulates, certifies and oversees approximately 4,600 programs statewide including inpatient and outpatient, emergency, community support, residential and family care programs. In addition, OMH’s main administrative office, located at 44 Holland Avenue in Albany, New York, has a variety of administrative, support and clerical positions, and opportunities may also be available at our field offices located around the State.

In order to provide the best services to the citizens of New York State, OMH recruits and retains a highly skilled and competent workforce. Our employees are dedicated to public service and have opportunities for professional growth. Incentives offered include a competitive benefits package with exceptional health care, generous leave policies and more. A career with the Office of Mental Health is for those individuals who want to help promote the mental health and well-being of all New Yorkers. Recognizing that our employees are our greatest resource, we are seeking motivated individuals interested in making a difference. If this defines you, the Office of Mental Health might be the right career choice.

Psychiatrist Careers

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is recruiting for psychiatrists. Qualifications for appointment generally include a license or limited permit to practice medicine in New York State and completion of a residency training program. We welcome candidates with subspecialties in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.

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Information about State Government Employment

Employees in New York State are appointed to positions according to New York State Civil Service Law. Most positions in OMH are filled by candidates who have successfully completed a competitive examination process that tests for individuals’ abilities to perform these jobs. Exams are posted regularly and include title, salary, duties, minimum qualifications, subject and date of exam, exam fee and information about how to apply. They are given periodically or on a continuous recruitment basis, which varies according to position. Exams are either written or involve evaluations of the applicant’s training and experience.

Visit the Employment Opportunities with New York State GovernmentLeaving OMH site and Frequently Asked Questions Leaving OMH site for information concerning upcoming exams and the hiring process.

Employment for Persons with Disabilities

The New York State Office of Mental Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. OMH is committed to providing equal employment opportunity, and reasonable accommodations and/or modifications as necessary, for qualified persons with disabilities. Visit the New York State Workers with Disabilities Program Leaving OMH site for more information on specialized programs designed to help place individuals with disabilities in State jobs.

Find Current Employment Opportunities

The Office of Mental Health currently offers a variety of employment opportunities in a number of occupational categories. Each job posting provides specific information on duties, qualifications, salary, and the application process.

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Check out the Careers in Demand

The Office of Mental Health continuously recruits for a number of high demand careers in the mental health field including:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • Psychologists

Visit Careers in Demand in the Office of Mental Health for more information on these positions regarding duties, qualifications, and the application process.


The application process varies, depending on the specific position. For some positions, you may need to apply to the New York State Department of Civil Service to take an examination; for others, you will need to apply directly to OMH or the facility. The appropriate steps are stated in each employment posting or examination announcement.

Student Internships

From time to time, individual programs within the Office of Mental Health sponsor Student Internship experiences. Not all Student Internships offer compensation, nor are they designed to serve as entry level positions leading to subsequent employment with OMH. All Student Internships sponsored by OMH are posted on the Statewide Student Internship Portal. For more information, follow this link: New New York Leaders Student Intern Program Leaving OMH site.

Comments or Questions

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Center for Human Resources Management.