Health assistant - mental health assistant Job at TEXAS JUVENILE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, Edinburg, TX

  • Edinburg, TX

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TJJD - Health Assistant - Mental Health Assistant - (EVN) -42967 (00042967) Organization : TEXAS JUVENILE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

Primary Location : Texas-Edinburg Work Locations : Evins 3801 E Monte Cristo Road Edinburg 78541

Job : Healthcare Support

Employee Status : Regular

Schedule : Full-time Standard Hours Per Week : 40.00

State Job Code : 4231

Salary Admin Plan : B

Grade : 14

Salary (Pay Basis) : 3,813.47 - 3,813.47 (Monthly)

Number of Openings : 1

Overtime Status : Non-exempt

Job Posting : Jun 14, 2024, 12:00:00 AM

Closing Date : Jun 24, 2024, 11:59:00 PM



Complete a State of Texas Application for Employment and the following additional forms (available at

  • TJJD Employment Application Supplement (HR-003)
  • Child Abuse Registry Check Consent Form (HR-028)
  • Disclosure of PREA Employment Standards Violation (HR-975)
  • Authorization to Release Information (HR-074)

Failure to complete and submit the above forms will cause delays in your consideration for this position.

Apply Online at 00042967&tz=GMT-05:00 and attach to the application the above additional forms along with copies of high school/college diploma(s), copy of official college transcripts, any licenses/certifications, and, if a military veteran, any Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214).

Apply through Work-In-Texas at You will also need to complete and attach to the application the supplemental questions/forms indicated above along with a copies of high school/college diploma(s), copy of official college transcripts, any licenses/certifications, and, if a military veteran, any Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214). The additional forms are available at: and can be submitted via email to:

Apply via Email to Send completed application, supplemental questions/forms, and copies of high school/college diploma(s), copy of official college transcripts, any licenses/certifications, and, if a military veteran, any Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214).


Your job application must be completely filled out and include all employment, do not limit employment to the past 10-15 years. Your application must contain complete job histories, which include job titles, name of employer, dates of employment (month & year), supervisor’s name and phone number, and a description of duties performed, and whether it was full-time or part-time and hours per week. If any of this information is not provided, your application may be rejected as incomplete. Resumes do not take the place of this required information.

Applicants must be able to pass a Criminal Background Check and any other requirements listed under Minimum Qualifications.


State of Texas Benefits and Retirement Information can be found at Benefits include: Retirement plan, paid group health & life insurance for employee, paid holidays, paid vacation leave, paid sick leave, longevity pay, educational assistance program, employee assistance program. Optional add-on benefits include: Dental, Vision, Optional Life Insurance, Voluntary AD&D Insurance, Dependent Health & Life insurance, Health & Dependent care flexible spending accounts, etc. Additionally, certain designated positions are eligible for hazardous duty pay, career ladder advancements, and free meals while on duty.


TJJD addresses the multiple and complex needs of the youth committed to the agency as well as their families through a trauma informed multidisciplinary integrated approach that includes implementation of the agency approved Texas Model and a Mental Health Treatment Program (MHTP). The MHTP provides enhanced psychiatric and psychological assistance to youth who have been diagnosed with moderate to severe mental health problems and/or illnesses, which allows the general rehabilitation case managers to focus on risk reduction and protective factor enhancement strategies in order to reduce the risk of reoffending. This collaboration allows for holistic and individualized treatment of youth in need of MHTP services.

Performs entry-level psychological work. Work involves assisting in planning, organizing, coordinating, and monitoring specialized treatment programs. Assists in meeting program goals and objectives; and provides Mental Health Services to youth. Implements and adheres to program standards; and fiscal, personnel, and legal policies.

Works under close supervision, with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. May be required to work in excess of 40 hours per work week.


Facilitates treatment groups. (40%)

Participates in Youth Service Team Meetings. (10%)

Participates in implementation of behavior interventions and treatment plans. (15%)

Assists in administering, scoring, analyzing, results of non-projective and performance tests. (5%)

Assists in performing diagnostic and treatment functions. (5%)

May assist with psychological research projects and program evaluations. (5%)

May assist assigned therapist with family involvement. (15%)

Reports any presence or perception of racial, ethnic, and/or gender disparities.

Performs a variety of related duties not listed, to be determined and assigned as needed.

Performs all duties in compliance with agency safety policies and procedures:

  • Reports safety hazards and corrects hazards when possible.
  • Completes required documentation in the event of an accident/injury within requested time frames.

Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency attendance and leave policies.



Bachelor's degree with major course work in psychology or a related field.

Experience and Education Substitutions:

  • One year of appropriate experience may substitute for one year of college (30 course hours) on a year for year basis.
  • Completed course hours of undergraduate study may substitute for up to four years of experience on a basis of 30 course hours for one year of experience.
  • Pro-rated part-time experience may satisfy the experience requirement.

Note: Any degree, diploma, high school equivalent, or course hours required to meet minimum qualifications must be from an accredited educational institution.

Requirements for Continued Employment:

  • Failure to maintain required licenses/certifications will result in termination of employment.

This position is subject to mandatory pre-employment drug testing and any offer of employment is contingent upon acceptable results from a drug screen conducted for the agency.


The following physical demands and working conditions are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing

Ability to see

Ability to hear (with or without aid)

Ability to perform tactile discernment

Identify colors

Depth perception

Operate motor equipment

Lifting up to 25 lbs.

Carrying up to 25 lbs.

Restraining combative youth






Prolonged sitting

Repeated bending

Reaching above shoulder

Manual/finger dexterity

Dual simultaneous grasping




Climbing stairs


Knowledge of:

  • Personality theories.
  • Dynamics of behavior.
  • Psychological testing.
  • Counseling techniques and procedures.
  • Behavioral research methodology.

Skill in:

  • Operating computers and using applicable computer software.

Ability to:

  • Discuss diagnoses.
  • Administer psychological treatment (under supervision)
  • Work in excess of 40 hours per workweek.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


In order to receive veteran’s preference, a copy of your DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), VA disability rating (if applicable), or a DD Form 1300 (Report of Casualty) must be attached to your application.

Go to or for assistance translating your military experience and training courses into civilian job terms, qualifications/requirements, and skill sets.

Additional Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Code or Crosswalk information is available from the Texas State Auditor’s Office at Medical and Health MOS Codes.


If you are scheduled for an interview and require any reasonable accommodation in our interview process, please inform the hiring representative who calls you to schedule your interview. Whenever possible, please give the hiring representative sufficient time to consider and respond to your request.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Due to the high volume of applications, we do not accept telephone calls. If you submitted your application through the CAPPS Career Center ( you may also check the status of your application by accessing your profile and selecting My Jobpage and selecting My Submissions.

Thank you for considering employment with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.


The Texas Juvenile Justice Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services.

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