Minnesota Department of Human Services

Salary Range: $19.14 – $27.27 / hourly

Job Class Option: Mental Health Rehab Worker

Job Summary

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) will provide skilled nursing care and implement treatment programs and support services to clients of the Minnesota Specialty Health Systems (MSHS) – Brainerd.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Providing direct care under the direction of lead worker.
  • Providing training, treatment, support, vocational readiness and leisure activities within a residential treatment model that provides behavioral health services to individuals that require medical monitoring.
  • Providing thorough functional analyses of the etiology of the behavioral excesses/deficiencies and development of intervention strategies and environmental modifications that will support individuals to regain access to the community and as much independence to engage in the community as their circumstances permit.

Emphasis is placed on providing rehabilitative/habilitative education, development of community engagement skills and interpersonal skills and skills for self-management of their illness and behavior and emotion modulation for individuals with a developmental disability.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduated from an approved school of nursing.
  • Posses or be eligible for licensure in Minnesota as a Practical Nurse.


In addition to these qualifications, applicants must meet the following criteria specified in MS 245.462, subd. 17 for a Mental Health Rehabilitation Worker:

To qualify as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Worker in this Intensive Residential Rule 36 program, applicants must also be at least 21 years of age, possess a High School diploma or equivalent, and have successfully completed 30 hours of training during the past two years in all of the following areas; recipient rights, recipient-centered individual treatment planning, behavioral terminology, mental illness, co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse, psychotropic medications and side effects, functional assessment, local community resources, adult vulnerability, receipt confidentiality. Applicants must also satisfy the qualifications described in either option (A) or (B):


  • Has an associate of arts degree in one of the behavioral sciences or human services, or
  • Is a registered nurse without a bachelor’s degree, or
  • Who within the previous ten years has acquired:
    • Three years of personal life experience with serious and persistent mental illness; or
    • Three years of life experience as a primary caregiver to an adult with a serious mental illness or traumatic brain injury; or
    • 4,000 hours of supervised paid work experience in the delivery of mental health services to adults with a serious mental illness or traumatic brain injury;


  • Is fluent in the non-English language or competent in the culture of the ethnic group to which at least 20 percent of the mental health rehabilitation worker’s clients belong;
  • Receives during the first 2,000 hours of work, monthly documented individual clinical supervision by a mental health professional;
  • Has 18 hours of documented field supervision by a mental health professional or practitioner during the first 160 hours of contact work with recipients, and at least six hours of field supervision quarterly during the following year;
  • Has review and co signature of charting of recipient contacts during field supervision by a mental health professional or practitioner; and
  • Has 40 hours of additional continuing education on mental health topics during the first year of employment.

Additional Requirements

To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.

REFERENCE/BACKGROUND CHECKS – The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and criminal background check prior to appointment.

Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

Our mission as an employer is to actively recruit, welcome and support a workforce which is diverse and inclusive of people who are underrepresented in the development of state policies, programs and practices, so that we can support the success and growth of all people who call Minnesota home.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply to the MN Careers website http://www.mn.gov/careers Job ID 24562.

If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.


If you have questions about the position, contact Lorraine Sellner at [email protected]


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