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Posted on: May 27, 2021 • Category: Mental Health Associate, Human Services

Mental Health Associate - ($2000 hiring incentive)

Human Services Center

Apply By: June 23, 2021
No. of Jobs: 5
Job Type: Full-Time
Pay Type: Hourly
Compensation: $19.70 per hour plus $1.00 per hour shift pay plus $1.50 per hour weekend pay
Education: Certification

Human Resources
Phone 1: 605-668-3118
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Human Services Center
3515 Broadway Ave
Yankton, Yankton, SD 57078
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***$2,000 HIRING INCENTIVE!***

Licenses and Certifications:

This position requires Certified Nurse Aide (C.N.A.) certification. The Human Services Center provides a comprehensive employee orientation which includes completion of CNA certification process for candidates who do not possess the certification.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

Knowledge of:

  • severe and persistent mental illness;
  • serious emotional disturbances;
  • chemical dependency/substance use;
  • crisis management;
  • verbal and physical de-escalation skills;
  • therapeutic communication skills;
  • principles of basic human behavior across the lifespan;
  • CPR and first aid;
  • patient’s rights.

Ability to:

  • deal effectively with patients from diverse ethnic and sociological backgrounds;
  • pay attention to and be empathetic with patients;
  • accurately remember and recall information;
  • utilize computers and other electronic devices for charting and other tasks as needed;
  • maintain flexibility while ensuring safety and security in an in-patient psychiatric setting;
  • provide individual and/or group crisis and de-escalation interventions;
  • lead patients in assigned tasks;
  • effectively diffuse potentially explosive confrontations between patients;
  • plan and organize work;
  • lift 75 pounds;
  • effectively communicate with patients, staff, family members, professionals, and others;
  • maintain records and prepare documentation;
  • interpret and follow established policies, operations memoranda, procedures, and guidelines


The Mental Health Associate will work with a multi-disciplinary team to care for and provide treatment for patients with psychiatric illness in an inpatient hospital setting.

The Mental Health Associate will perform daily tasks including but not limited to:

  • implementing planned interventions with patients to help them meet their goals;
  • leading patient evidence-based group activities;
  • helping create patient treatment plans;
  • case management (making phone calls, following up on patient goals, etc.);
  • assisting patients to develop goals addressing their problem areas;
  • working with patients to develop money management skills;
  • being an advocate for the patient and presenting treatment results to the treatment team;
  • help patients gain insight into their mental illness or behavioral disturbances;
  • assist patients improve their decision-making skills to enable them to return to a less restrictive environment;

Other Information:

This is a full-time position at the South Dakota Human Services Center in Yankton, South Dakota. 

This position works primarily 2:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., including holidays and weekend.


Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment. Successful applicant(s) will undergo an abuse and neglect screening. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of a drug screening.

NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9.  

The State of South Dakota offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information please visit This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Apply at:
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Fax: 605.773.4344

"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

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