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  • Full-time


The Arizona Department of Health Services promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona. We strive to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership. ADHS promotes alternative work schedules, flexible hours. We have positions that can fit any stage in your career, from entry to senior level. We offer a robust benefit package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Pilot Program, where eligible employees can receive up to $437.50 per month for their outstanding student loans. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.

Residential Program Specialist 1

Arizona State Hospital

Posting Details:

Salary: $19.6397 

Grade: 15



Job Summary:
This position is eligible for a $5,000 hiring incentive.
As an active member of the Sexually Violent Persons Unit, this position provides for the care, custody, and control of the residents of the Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center
Job Duties:

– Providing resident escort inside and outside the facility

– Carrying out specific security/safety duties to maintain order and discipline in residential area

– Receiving requests from residents and consulting with leads/managers for decision making

– Orientating residents to the milieu and observing residents for unusual or significant behavior

– Participating/implementing crisis intervention and behavior management when necessary

– Inspecting resident rooms to ensure compliance with facility policies

– Participating in games, sports, and other recreational activities as part of interaction in accordance with program plan

– Completing program assignments in a timely and productive manner

– Interacting on a one–to-one basis or as a group with residents in a helping role in accordance with unit guidelines

– Compiling information, and documenting in an electronic health record

– Writing incident reports

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

− Knowledge of principles and practices of interpersonal communications; dynamics of human behaviors and crisis intervention ; security, order, and discipline systems and programs of an institutional setting; laws, rules, regulations, and policies governing high security risk residents; methods and techniques of security enforcement, and management of difficult populations

− Skills in compiling and documenting resident records; methods and techniques of interpersonal communications; crisis intervention including the application of approved physical interventions when necessary; compiling and documenting resident behavioral health records; verbal and written communication as required by the work activities in a residential setting for residents; working with sexually violent persons, drug abusers, or residents with mental health issues

− Ability to observe, learn, and interpret habits and attitudes and behaviors of persons with psychiatric diagnosis and criminal histories; provide basic care to these individuals ; follow written and verbal directives as provided by supervisory and/or clinical professional staff; carry out safety and security duties to maintain order and discipline; complete and document resident behavior in prescribed format in the case file; rapidly respond to emergency situations

− Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination

Selective Preference(s):

– The ideal candidate will possess previous work experience in the care of psychiatric patients, residents or inmates in a behavioral management program, forensic mental health setting or correctional mental health program

Pre-Employment Requirements:

− Requires HSD or GED

- A State Hospital employee must be able to obtain a valid Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1758.07.

- Must be able to obtain and maintain CPR and NVCI certification

- Driving is required for State Business.

- Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).

“This position is subject to the vaccination requirements outlined in CMS Interim Final Rule - Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination (published November 5, 2021) (86 FR 61555).”


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program

This position is eligible for a $5,000 hiring incentive.

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


To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will make a contribution to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27 week wait period for contributions to begin.

Contact Us:

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 542-1085. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.


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.