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Health Aide (WL) - Gateway (Driver Requirements)

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Job Description

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is seeking qualified candidates for Health Aide (WL) at Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia

The Gateway Dual Diagnosis Unit is a 20-bed intensive treatment program serving individuals with dual diagnoses, i.e., coexistng psychiatric and substance abuse disorders.  Individuals are screened and referred to the program by the community mental health/substance abuse services.  Length of stay in the program is from 45 to 60 days based on individually assessed clinical need for services.  Gateway, operated by Southwestern State Hospital, is a community initiative under community dual diagnosis standards and provides 24-hour/7days per week services. 

Provide basic patient care and work with patients/clients to develop daily living skills. May take vital signs.


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11:00 pm - 7:30 am

Gateway Dual Diagnosis

NOTE:  Applicants should pay particular attention to the application process listed at the bottom of this posting.  Failure to follow them, as directed, may prevent or delay consideration for this vacancy.

Job seekers are encouraged to apply without delay.  This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

Due to the volume of applications/resumes received, we are unable to provide information on the status of your application by phone or e-mail.   All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview.  Only selected applicants will be contacted for follow up.  Applicants who are not selected will not be contacted.


·          High School Diploma or GED

·          Must Obtain Safety Care Certification by completion of new employee orientation (this certification must be maintained as a term and condition of employment)

Travel Required - Must have:

·          Valid Georgia driver's license

·          Acceptable MVR record and

·          Meet the requirements for operating a state-owned vehicle: must be 21 years of age and have a minimum of 3 years driving experience.

Preferred Qualifications


·          Experience working with Mental Health or Substance Abuse

·          Computer/Technology skills

·          Excellent communication and customer service skills

·          Clerical skills (filing, copying, putting charts together)


In addition to a competitive salary ($17099.57 - 28,154.35), we offer a generous benefits package that includes a flexible schedule, training opportunities, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 12 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance.

This position is a pay grade 7 on the statewide salary plan.

Employment Information

This position is located at Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia.

More than a century ago, Thomasville was celebrated as one of the most fashionable places in the world to visit. During the Victorian era, many wealthy northern socialites and pleasure seekers traveled by rail to enjoy Thomasville as their grand winter resort. Attracted to the genteel life of south Georgia, many made Thomasville their winter home and built "grand winter cottages". Although this era quickly faded in the early 1900s, more than fifty of these grand historic homes still grace Thomasville's streets.

Thomasville, in southwest Georgia and on the Florida border, is home to both the second largest Farmer’s Market in the state and three Fortune 500 companies.

Applying for this job

Applying for this position requires two (2) steps. Please be sure to complete both steps in order to be considered.

  1. Click on the long link below, complete the summary information form and submit.
  2. Email your resume and cover letter to the email address listed below.


Please email your cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format to: swshsvc@dbhdd.ga.gov

To ensure proper routing/handling of your credentials, copy/paste or type the following title in the subject line of your email: Health Aide (WL) - Gateway (Driver Requirements) If you are currently employed by DBHDD, please include "Internal Employee" in the subject line as well.

You may be subject to a Drug Screen. You may be required to submit fingerprints to check for the existence of Criminal History Record Information through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. You do have the right to challenge the contents of any Criminal History that is located, should you choose to do so.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides services to ensure the health and welfare of Georgians. As an employee of DBHDD, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.