Mental Health Therapy Aide

Relevant CTE Program:

Health Science

Job Description:

Capital District Psychiatric Center is looking for motivated, nurturing, and supportive individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.

Mental Health Therapy Aides are part of the treatment team and are responsible for providing direct care and support to adults with serious mental illness and children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances.

Company Name:

Capital District Psychiatric Center

Application Deadline:

Continuous Recruitment


Apply online at New York State Office of Mental Health

Skills Needed:

Mental Health Therapy Aides provide direct services, treatment, rehabilitation, and support to individuals diagnosed with mental illness that receive services in an institutional or community-based setting. They: 

  • participate in games and recreational programs;
  • coach and encourage individuals to develop daily living skills;
  • provide a clean, safe, and comfortable environment;
  • work with other staff to develop, carry out and record care plans.

In accordance with special instructions, Mental Health Therapy Aides may administer medication.

This position may be physically demanding. Mental Health Therapy Aides need to be prepared to act to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff in emergency situations.

They must be able to do such things as bend, stretch, and stand for long periods of time.

Age Requirement:

Certification Or Education Required:

High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma or similar equivalency such as a General Education Development Certification or higher degree AND one (1) year of full-time direct patient care experience working in a mental health setting.

Qualifying direct patient care experience includes, but is not limited to the following: attending to patient’s personal hygiene,grooming, nutrition, and daily living needs; assisting and participating in physical, social, therapeutic or recreational programs;case management, service coordination activities, or discharge planning. 

Mental Health setting is defined as: a psychiatric inpatient unit within a general hospital, psychiatric hospital, psychiatric clinic,community or county mental health clinic, center, or other service; residential mental health treatment center; or Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).

Hourly Wage:



Generous New York State employee benefits include:

  • 30 paid vacation days the first year of employment
  • Paid sick leave
  • Dental, vision and healthcare coverage
  • Retirement pension plan
  • Access to tuition assistance programs


Determined based on placement.

Full Time or Part Time:

Full Time