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Eligibility Psychologist

Company: State of Massachusetts
Location: Middleboro
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is looking for a caring, compassionate, and dynamic individual who wants a rewarding career making a difference in the lives of those individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. DDS is seeking a motivated, self-directed and experienced person for the role of PSYCHOLOGIST IV for the Southeast Regional Office located in Middleboro, MA for the Intake and Eligibility Unit.

Our ideal candidate will be familiar with the Department of Developmental Services eligibility regulations, Intellectual Disability as defined by the American Academy of Intellectual and Developemental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Must be highly organized and able to adhere to timelines in writing eligibility determineation summary reports in a high volume environment.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Provides formal training and clinical oversight to Eligibility Team Generalists and Supervisor on the use and interpretation of standardized Adaptive Behavior Scales and instruments.
  • Reviews all historical records and reports, including summaries prepared by Eligibility Generalists, to determine the need for new assessments of intellectual and adaptive behavior functioning.
  • Participates in and/or chairs case review meetings where data related to eligibility is reviewed by all members of the Regional Eligibility Team and facilitates discussion of eligibility status of applicant.
  • Makes ultimate eligibility recommendation and participates in all appeals of eligibility determinations in conjunction with designated Regional Manager.
  • Maintains knowledge of professional developments in the fields of psychological assessment, diagnosis of developmental disabilities and related subjects.
  • Write necessary reports and performs analyses of patterns and trends regarding eligibility applications and determinations as directed.
  • Works collaboratively with Regional Nursing Home Specialist on determination of eligibility for Nursing Facility candidates and performs related duties as required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and expertise in the administration and interpretation of standardized measures of intelligence and adaptive behavior

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the interpretation and analysis of psychological assessment and testing results;

  • Experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD);

  • Thoroughness, independence and excellent written and oral communication skills;

  • Record of working in multidisciplinary teams;

  • Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Team.

  • Familiar with Meditech electronic client record system.

  • Use of Cisco Webex video conferencing platform

Please Note: Schedule: This is a Full-time, 40 hour a week position on the day shift.

About the Agency:

The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members.

Total Compensation:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid a medical insurance premium
  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance
  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
  • 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
  • Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs
  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Pre-Hire Process:

A criminal background check (CORI) will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate.

For more information, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori and http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dds/fingerprint-background-checks.html.

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Human Resources Customer Service line at 800-627-7730.

Qualifications - External

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Current and valid registration as a Psychologist by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Psychology. Applicants must also have at least three years of years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience as a Licensed Psychologist in the application of psychological principles and techniques in a recognized agency providing psychological services or treatment, of which (B) at least one year must have included supervision over Post-doctoral Psychologists-in-training and/or Psychological Assistants. Based on assignment, must meet the eligibility requirements for Designated Forensic Psychologist in 104 CMR 33.04(3)(b).

Special Requirements: Based on assignment, travel may be required. Those employees who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license or the equivalent from another state.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Keywords: State of Massachusetts, Brockton , Eligibility Psychologist, Other , Middleboro, Massachusetts

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