The Recovery from Addictions Program (RAP) operated by the
Department of Mental Health (DMH) is seeking a dynamic individual
to provide spiritual care activities, support, and individual and
group counseling with clients, family members and agency staff.
The selected candidate will provide pastoral oversight and
counseling in times of crisis while providing consultation on
issues related to spirituality. The Chaplain consults with facility
administrators regarding religious activities and provides
orientation training to new staff on religious resources and
services available to clients.
Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary
and not all inclusive):
- Conducts individual and group counseling sessions with clients
and family members to provide spiritual assistance.
- Consults with staff, treatment teams, administrative and/or
program groups to identify needs, establish programs and facilitate
the provision of agency services.
- Provides pastoral care and counseling in times of crisis (e.g.,
death, critical or serious illness) and provides consultation on
issues related to religion, morality, and ethics.
- Offers spiritual/religious education/support addressing the
needs of the individual served.
- Consults with facility administrators regarding
spiritual/religious activities, and any issues related to morals,
ethics, values, death and dying and human rights, as these issues
impact upon clients, their family members and facility staff.
- Advocates with Human Rights Committees and facility
administrators for religious, civil, and human rights of clients
and staff, and facilitates the expression of values leading the
fulfillment of human potential.
- Facilitates orientation training to new staff on
spiritual/religious resources and services available to clients and
- Participates in denominational and interfaith organizations as
well as conferences, workshops, seminars, and other continuing
education opportunities to enhance religious and clinical
competencies and/or to maintain religious standing.
- Provides information and reports needed to facilitate the
exchange of information with facility administration and staff
and/or religious, community, civic and social agencies, and to
promote acceptance of the population served.
- Stays current with the latest developments in resources,
policies, practices, and trends affecting the population
- Participates on various local and statewide committees and
organizations, attends relevant meetings as needed and is present
at public and facility functions.
- Ability to assess religious/spiritual needs and provide
counseling to clients, staff, and their families within a
- Knowledge of principles of Social Work, Philosophy,
Spirituality including terminology.
- Demonstrated experience with the factors, trends, and problems
in providing religious services to individuals with substance use
- Capacity to establish rapport with persons from diverse,
cultural and/or economic backgrounds.
Prior health care ministry which includes astute awareness of
self and others; commitment to providing inclusive and welcoming
care for a diverse population; willingness to serve and collaborate
with others in a health care setting.
Willingness to maintain ongoing professional growth and
Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills
with the ability to collaborate with various workgroups.
Ability to demonstrate a positive, non-judgmental, and accepting
attitude toward individuals with substance use disorder.
Self-motivated with strong organizational skills and superior
attention to detail.
Proficient with Microsoft Office applications including Excel,
Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
- Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual
About the Recovery from Addictions Program (RAP):
The Department of Mental Health (DMH) in collaboration with the
Department of Public Health (DPH) Bureau of Substance Addiction
Services operates a statewide Recovery from Addictions Program
(RAP) for individuals civilly committed by the courts for substance
use treatment for up to 90 days ("Section 35 commitment").
The program model will provide acute detoxification and early
clinical stabilization services as we help clients develop
community-based linkages to outpatient supports and substance use
disorder treatment providers. The individuals treated within this
program will be linked upon discharge to a range of services within
the DPH continuum of care for substance use conditions. RAP
provides administrative, medical, clinical, and non-clinical
services. Its mission to provide quality client-centered care and
DMH Mission Statement:
The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to
services and supports to meet the mental health needs of
individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and
participate in their communities. The Department establishes
standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care to
promote recovery. The Department sets policy, promotes
self-determination, protects human rights and supports mental
health training and research.
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 medical insurance premium
- Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
- Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance
- 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
- Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and
- Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program
- Incentive-based Wellness Programs
- Professional Development and Continuing Education
- Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness
A criminal background check 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. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori
Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in
accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring
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.
For questions regarding this requisition, please contact
Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at
1-800-510-4122 Ext. #2.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply
within the first 14 days.
Applicants must have an ordination or other recognition as a
religious leader/teacher based on the requirements of the
population serviced and the specific requirements of the religion
Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid Motor
Vehicle Driver's License at a Class level specific to
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females,
minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly
encouraged to apply.