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Transporting Mental Health Aide (EMT Required)

Company State of Oregon
Location Salem, OR
Update 9 Day ago
Please note this position was previously posted with an incorrect salary. The salary has been adjusted to reflect the correct scale. If you have already applied for this position and qualified, you do not need to apply again; your application will be forwarded to the hiring manager once the posting has closed.


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The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is a state agency dedicated to helping people and communities achieve optimum physical, mental and social well-being through partnerships, prevention and access to quality, affordable health care. We are absolutely committed to ongoing innovation in the delivery of services, and to recruiting, developing and retaining dedicated employees.

OHA is the organization at the forefront of lowering and containing costs, improving quality and increasing access to health care in order to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians. OHA is overseen by the nine-member citizen Oregon Health Policy Board ( ) which is working toward comprehensive health and health care reform in the state.

The Health Authority is focused on transforming Oregon's health system by:
  • Improving the lifelong health of Oregonians
  • Increasing the quality, reliability, and availability of care for all Oregonians
  • Lowering or containing the cost of care so it is affordable to everyone
OHA includes most of the state's health care programs, including Public Health, Health Policy and Analytics, Health Systems Division, and Oregon State Hospital. Incorporating the state's health care programs within one agency gives the state greater purchasing and marketing power to begin tackling the issues of cost, quality, and access to care.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. OHA fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation and any other factor applicable by state or federal law.

This employment opportunity is with the Oregon State Hospital (OSH), under the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). There is one full-time, permanent position located in Salem (2600 Center Street NE) . This position is classified and represented by a union.

Oregon State Hospital provides patient-centered psychiatric treatment for adults with mental illness from throughout the state. The hospital's primary goal is to help people recover from their illness and return to their lives in the community. Employees play an essential role in achieving the hospital's vision to be a psychiatric hospital that inspires hope, promotes safety and supports recovery for all.

With two campuses, one in Salem and one in Junction City, OSH employs more than 2000 people. The hospital serves more than 1,300 people per year. This includes people who have been civilly committed, people who have been found guilty except for insanity, and people who are unable to aid and assist in their own defense due to a mental illness. Services include psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as community outreach and peer support.
This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.
Duties & Responsibilities

The Transporting Mental Health Aide is assigned to the Transportation Unit of the Safety & Security Department, Salem Campus, and is responsible for providing transportation and direct care services to patients. The department transports patients to and from various points within and outside of the State of Oregon. They transport patients who are committed to the custody of the Mental Health division from various courts to various destinations and assist in all Safety & Security Department functions as needed. Transport patients in the OSH Basic Life Support Ambulance to the hospital. Must use and understand the functions of BLS equipment and skills.

Major duties include, but are not limited to:
Provides direct care support services to the institution while transporting patients to/from Oregon State Hospital or other State Institutions to/from courts, jails or community mental health agencies.
Transports patients to/from medical and dental appointments, placement interviews, community transition visits and to discharge destinations.
Oversees care of assigned patients by attending to their basic physical and psychological needs while outside the hospital. Responsible for the patient's safety, comfort and security during all transports.
Assures that all appropriate papers are with the patient who is to be transported for admission and that these papers are in order; coordinates activities between the hospital and various outside agencies as directed; orients new personnel to transportation as assigned.
Transports patients within the hospital secure perimeter to a variety of locations. Provide escort services to patients on the hospital grounds.
May be assigned to remain with OSH patients who are hospitalized for medical care.
Responds to emergencies and assists in the handling of difficult or combative patients when appropriate.
Assist in developing the daily travel schedule, responding to transportation requests, adjusting the work schedule and communicating with / updating management personnel as needed.
Assist with the maintenance of the vehicles, (i.e. report malfunctions, delivery of vehicles for maintenance and repair by the OSH garage or the State Motor Pool).
Checking fluid levels in vehicles on a regular basis to assure safety of users. Taking vehicles to car wash on a regular basis to assure a clean appearance. Vacuuming and cleaning the interiors of the vehicles to maintain sanitary conditions.
Communicate monthly mileage to the State Motor Pool (as required), do time keeping, shift scheduling, development of departmental statistics and reports. Maintain cell phones. Participate in interviewing of departmental applicants.

Other duties as assigned. WORKING CONDITIONS:
Staff are required to work with mentally ill patients, many times in remote locations without immediate contact with others. Transporting Mental Health Aides are required to work alone. They must be able to react quickly to changing situations, to travel by motor vehicle in all weather conditions and with hazardous road conditions. May be required to travel out of state by vehicle or airplane. Must sit for prolonged periods of time in a vehicle. Must be able to lift heavy baggage, boxes, moneybags, patients, etc. Staff may be required to work additional hours during emergency situations; i.e. disasters, to meet minimum staffing requirements, conduct emergency transports, etc. They are required to transport, escort and interact with dangerous patients while using appropriate security equipment. They are required to work with patients of the opposite sex. Work hours are subject to change with little notice. May be required to work hours that exceed regular schedule, i.e. a double shift or a different shift in addition to the regular schedule.

You must have a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record. If not, you must be able to provide an alternate method of transportation.
Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

The work experience section of your application must include a clear description of your experience in order to determine if you meet the required skills (minimum and special qualifications) and at what level you meet the requested skills (desired attributes). Your answers to supplemental questions about your specific experience must also be supported in the work experience statements in your application form or, if requested, your resume. Supplemental materials such as cover letters and/or a resume will NOT be reviewed or used to determine candidates' qualifications unless the posting specifically states those materials are required from applicants.


One year of experience working with clients in a mental health setting, preferably including security ward experience.

Special Qualifications:
Certification by the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners as Basic Emergency Medical Technician

Experience transporting patients to/from courts, jails or community mental health agencies.
Experience maintaining a travel log.
Experience conducting pre-trip vehicle checks.
Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications and most closely match the desired attributes will be invited for an interview.
Additional Information

To apply, follow the "Apply" link above and complete the Oregon employment application online.

All application materials must be received by the closing date and time posted on the announcement. For help with applying online, please call toll free 1-855-524-5627, for customer service assistance.

If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to call Luke Curtis at (503) 945-2887 (voice) 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday. TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900.

If you are offered employment, the offer will be contingent upon the outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check and driving records check, and the information shall be shared with the OHA, Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - Email Addresses Required
The State of Oregon requires all applications have a valid email address. The Oregon Health Authority will communicate with all applicants by way of email.

If you are an eligible veteran and wish to claim veterans preference points AND you also meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the points will be added to your score. To receive veterans preference points you MUST attach to your electronic application the following required documentation:

> A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veteran's Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.
> A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; AND a copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.
For more information on veterans' preference points visit , and select veterans' preference.

The Oregon Health Authority is committed to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity and workplace diversity.
Core benefits
Medical, vision and dental insurance
Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members
$5,000 in employee basic life insurance Retirement benefits

Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)
Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs **Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.
Paid leaves and other benefits

Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation
Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments
24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year
Ten paid holidays a year The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents
Long-term and short-term disability
Accidental Death and Dismemberment
Long-term care (self and eligible family members)
Flexible spending accounts
Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.