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Mental Health Associate

***$3,000.00 Hiring Incentive***

Job ID: 27089
Agency: Department of Social Services/South Dakota Human Services Center/Adolescent Services
Location: Yankton
Salary: $24.11 per hour, plus $2.00 per hour shift pay for pm and night shifts, $1.50 per hour weekend pay
Pay Grade: GH
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

There are options for full-time or part-time positions, depending on availability, with the Department of Social Services at the South Dakota Human Services Center, Yankton, SD. For more information on DSS, please visit

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 Ideal Candidate Will Have:

Preference will be given to applicants with an associate or bachelor’s degree in psychology, human services, social work, or related field. Preference will also be given to applicants with a minimum of one year experience working with mentally ill individuals or individuals who have completed two years of college in the fields previously outlined.

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.

This position is eligible for Veterans’ Preference per ARSD 55:10:02:08.

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 as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.

The State of South Dakota offers $0 premium employee health insurance option plus eleven paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Must apply online:
You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email:
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"