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State sets civil service test for mental therapy aide jobs

The state Office of Mental Health plans to

The state Office of Mental Health plans to hire up to 180 mental therapy aides on Long Island over the next two years at facitilies including The Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood, seen on April 25, 2015. Credit: Doug Kuntz

The state Office of Mental Health plans to hire up to 180 mental therapy aides on Long Island over the next two years.

Individuals interested in the jobs have until March 29 to apply to take a civil service test in May, officials said.

Therapy aides help provide services, treatment, rehabilitation and support to people diagnosed with mental illness.

The exam was last given in September 2014.

The mental health office expects to hire between 300 and 400 therapy aides statewide, including 100 to 150 for the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood and 20 to 30 for the Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center in Dix Hills, according to an agency spokeswoman.

Those wishing to take the test must have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent by June 30. There is a $25 processing fee.

Individuals who pass the test and are selected will participate in a yearlong training program that pays $33,500 per year, excluding medical and retirement benefits. Upon completion of the course, the pay rises to $37,000 per year.

To take the May 13 exam, applicants must complete an application at nwsdy.li/exam.

Two other exams also are being offered on May 13: one for current agency employees seeking a promotion or new job assignment, and one for certified nurse aides wishing to become mental therapy aides.

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