Colorado Mental Health Institute

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SkillsCertified Court Reporter
Driver’s License
Law Enforcement
BenefitsDental Insurance
Paid Time Off
Retirement Plan
Disability Insurance
Life Insurance
Department Information

Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo

As a cornerstone of the Pueblo community for over a century, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo is a leading employer, provider of quality mental health services, and a community partner.

The Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo (CMHIP) is a state operated, 438-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital serving persons with serious mental illness, including a 200-bed High Security Forensic Institute.

The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo under the auspices of the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), partners with patients, families and their communities to provide quality services that assist patients in achieving their mental health and health care goals. In addition, Mental Health Institute at Pueblo is the only Colorado facility with a forensic division that serves adults who are found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity or found Incompetent to Proceed.

In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:
Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system
Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans
Medical and Dental Health Plans
Paid life insurance
Short and Long-Term Disability coverage
Vacation and Sick Leave
10 Paid Holidays per year
Description of Job

Job Assignment :
The Police Officer I provides a safe secure environment for all persons on the grounds of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) and within the surrounding community by enforcing state statutes, traffic laws and security rules adn regulations within jurisdiction.

Job Duties:
Solve crimes by investigating and making written reports of incidents, criminal and otherwise, involving employees, patients and visitors within the Department Jurisdiction.
Enforce traffic codes by issuing, citations and summons to violators and investigating traffic accidents.
Provide law enforcement assistance to Unit staff of all divisions by responding to emergency calls in the event of violent, dangerous confrontations with combative patients.
Complete Unit/Ward checks.
Deter crime by using Preventative Patrol Techniques and arrest powers within jurisdiction authority.
Transport patients to and from the Arapahoe County Detention Program in Support of the RISE program.
Arrange and transport patients and inmates to and from courts, hospitals, clinics and jails by assigning and directing Officers as escorts in the absence of Police Officer II and III.
Interpret policies and regulations to subordinate officers and other personnel, visitors and patients by explaining verbally or in writing for clarification purpose in the absence of Police Officer II and III.
Check and ensure sufficient staff coverage for all shifts.
On occasion, may be required to assume command officer duties in the absence of the Police Officer II and/or Police Officer III depending on business needs.
Performs other related duties as assigned or required
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:
Possession of current Colorado P.O.S.T. certification (Must submit a copy of your Colorado Post Certificate with your application),


One year of law enforcement experience.

Must be at least 21 years of age; possess a valid Colorado Driver License (Must submit a copy of our Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) dated within the last 30 days to you to your application), and no:

Felony convictions
Domestic violence convictions
Acquiring more than seven points in the last year and/or more than 12 points within the last two years on a driver’s license.
Alcohol/drug related traffic convictions in the last three years and repeat alcohol/drug convictions after the age of 18 within the last ten years.

Appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:
Knowledge of CRS. 27-65 statues; CMS Regulations, and The Joint Commission standards as they apply to the Department of Public Safety
Associates of Applied Science or related field.
Experience dealing with persons with mental illness
Ability to demonstrate problem-solving abilities
Effective communication skills, both written and oral
Previous experience working in a facility that serves mentally challenged individuals.
Able to work autonomously
Able to demonstrate ability to write reports for required elements to support appropriate charges.
Demonstrate utilization of team building skills.
Work in collaboration with other disciplines throughout CMHIP, to meet Mission and Vision of both the Institute and Department of Public Safety.
Support the Chain of Command of the Department of Public Safety as well as other Departments of CMHIP

Conditions of Employment:
Must posses a valid Colorado Driver’s License
Must pass a pre-employment background check and drug screening
Must be available for shift work (may be pulled to other shifts)
Must pass psychological evaluation test
Must pass polygraph test
Must pass physical battery test

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

“ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.”.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process:
The selection process will consist primarily of a review of applications against the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Applications will be reviewed in comparison to all others in the applicant pool in order to identify a top group of up to 6 candidates who may be invited for a final interview. Applicants will be notified of their status via email.

Please be aware the application review is based solely upon the information provided in your application packet. Therefore it is imperative that you provide extensive detail in these sections of your application. You should specifically address how, and in what capacity, your work experience satisfies the minimum requirements or allowable substitution requirements of this position, as well as the preferred qualifications.

Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, are not eligible to work for CDHS.



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