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Office of Mental Health

Direct Care Careers

Direct care staff at the Office of Mental Health (OMH) are part of a treatment team. They support hope and recovery for adults with serious mental illness and children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances. The job titles for these positions include Mental Health Therapy Aide and Security Hospital Treatment Assistant.

Direct Care Staff:

  • Support patient health and safety.
  • Accompany patients to treatment, activities, and appointments on and off facility grounds.
  • Teach patients daily life skills like personal hygiene and nutrition.
  • Teach, model, and promote acceptable behaviors and verbal skills.
  • Write notes describing patient activities and their progress toward recovery goals.


All OMH employees receive a generous benefits package including:

  • 13 paid vacation days the first year of employment.
  • 5 paid personal days and 13 paid holidays each year.
  • Paid sick leave.
  • Dental, vision, and healthcare coverage.
  • A retirement pension plan.
  • Access to tuition assistance programs.

Please Note: Mental Health Therapy Aide and Security Hospital Treatment Assistant positions located at OMH facilities require employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. For more information see mandatory vaccine requirement.

Employment Opportunities

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Mental Health Therapy Aides

Mental Health Therapy Aides work in OMH:

  • hospitals
  • clinics
  • group residential settings

These positions are available in locations throughout New York State.


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Security Hospital Treatment Assistants

Security Hospital Treatment Assistants work in one of these four Forensic facilities/program units:

  • Central New York PC, Oneida County
  • Kirby Forensic PC, NYC
  • Mid-Hudson Forensic PC, Orange County
  • Rochester PC


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Contact OMH Center for Human Resources Management for comments or questions related to Direct Care Careers.