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  • 502663
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Nov 30 2021 at 23:55 MST


Your Partner For A Stronger Arizona.

DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in Arizona will be safe and economically secure.

DES serves more than 3 million Arizonans Our Mission is to make Arizona stronger by helping Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance for those in need, and care for the vulnerable.


Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

Job Location:

Address:  6401 South 22nd Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85041

Posting Details:

Salary: $37,128.00 - $38,220.00 

Grade: 17

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

Would you like to be part of an amazing culture that helps Arizonans reach their full potential through providing services to support them? The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) is looking for individuals that are committed to service, community, and teamwork.

The Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individuals to join our team as a Mental Health Program Specialist 3. DDD provides individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families, services and supports that are flexible, high quality, and member driven. These services provide individuals with opportunities to exercise their rights and responsibilities of independent decision-making and engagement in the community.

Flexibility in schedule (i.e., work different shift, overtime and change work locations) as these are 24-hour residential settings. Most schedules work nights, weekends and holidays.

Job Duties:
  • Teaches transitional living skills (personal hygiene, home maintenance, utilization of public transportation, etc.) both implements the Planning Document objectives & programs. Motivates member groups & coordinates educational & recreational activities for members. Provides direct personal care & assistance w/daily living skills as needed.
  • Functions as a Lead staff and acts in the absence of a supervisor in coordinating and directing the activities of assigned staff, scheduling and prioritizing work activities and providing technical advice and assistance. Discusses the concerns expressed by members and family members and listens and offers suggestions in accordance with program goals and objectives.
  • Monitors & assesses member behaviors & reports potential problems for members residing in the facility or in the family's home. May restrain a member who is aggressive or violent, utilizing approved physical management techniques. Accounts for objects in the facility & in the family's home, which may present a danger to member or others. Follows & ensures staff compliance with policy regarding safety procedures.
  • Attends Planning/Treatment Plan team meetings as an active member for clients in the facility and as needed, for members residing in a family setting or other residential setting. Develops Behavioral Treatment Plans and other program strategies. Confers with and advises lower-level staff on the on-going Treatment Plans for members.
  • Assesses member needs and prepares progress reports. Collects member-related data and compiles and documents in required format. Notes other information pertinent to each individual. Conducts individuals and/or group facilitation and/or assist in specialized therapy programs. Participates in providing therapeutic treatment. Interacts on a one-to one-basis with members in problem solving.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
  • Knowledge of mental health principles and techniques involved in treatment.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques used in teaching people with developmental disabilities in the area of daily living skills.
  • Knowledge of the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Knowledge of the methods/procedures and techniques used in developing Individual Treatment Plans for clients with developmental disabilities and significant behavioral/psychiatric issues.
  • Skilled in teaching and learning principles and applying behavior-building and re-motivation techniques.
  • Skilled in recognizing client disorientation, aggressiveness and combative behavior.
  • Skilled in methods of techniques in crisis intervention.
  • Skilled in applying knowledge of body mechanics and interactions with the client when the client is out of control.
  • Ability to implement and develop behavior plans.
  • Ability to provide specialized care, treatment and behavioral intervention and security for individuals with developmental disabilities and psychiatric/behavioral issues.
  • Ability to delegate responsibilities, prioritize tasks, resolve problems and handle emergency staffing situations.
Selective Preference(s):

2 yrs of experience in care & treatment of individuals with an intellectual and/or developmental disability and behavioral health; OR 2 yrs experience in Behavioral Health; OR Master's degree in Psychology, Social Work, or Counseling with an emphasis in clinical work or rehabilitation substitutes for the required experience; OR Bachelor's degree in above fields and emphasis substitutes for 2 yrs of required experience.

Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • Candidate must successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees
  • Arizona Level 1 Clearance Card is required
  • Requires a valid state-issued driver’s license
  • Successfully pass background and reference checks
  • Employment may be contingent upon completion of a post-offer medical/physical examination and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions

We offer a competitive benefits package that is unmatched by the private sector and a culture that encourages team success and advocates for personal advancement.
-Affordable Health, Dental, Vision and Life and Disability Insurance
-10 holidays per year
-Paid Vacation and Sick time off - start earning it your 1st day
-Eligible to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
-Contribute to, and participate in the Arizona State Retirement System
-Ride Share and Public Transit Subsidy
-Career Advancement Opportunities
-Tuition reimbursement
-Opportunity to work remotely (home office) on an ad-hoc basis

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


State employees are required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), the State sponsored retirement contribution plan and the Long-Term Disability (LTD) program after a 27-week waiting period. The ASRS defined benefit plan provides for life-long income upon retirement. You will also have the option to participate in a voluntary deferred compensation program to take advantage of tax-deferred retirement investments.

On, or shortly after, your first day of work you will be provided with additional information about the available insurance plans, enrollment instructions, submission deadlines and effective dates.

Contact Us:

For questions about this career opportunity, please call Valerie Rice at (480) 673-0624 or email vrice@azdes.gov.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting Valerie Rice at 480-673-0624. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.