Occupational Health Specialist at Montana State Government

Montana State Government
Warm Springs, MT

If you are innovative and thrive on Challenging employment opportunities, consider joining the dedicated treatment team at Montana State Hospital to share in our commitment to provide quality inpatient psychiatric services for our citizens.

Montana State Hospital (MSH) is a 209 bed state psychiatric hospital located in Warm Springs, Montana. MSH is the only state hospital in Montana. The Hospital averages 600 admissions per year. Procedures for hospital admission are specified in state law. Montana State Hospital is located in the Deer Lodge Valley between Butte and Missoula. This location is ideal for individuals or families seeking to locate in a smaller community with good schools. Easy access to local airports and the interstate freeway system make travel convenient. Nearby outdoor recreation opportunities abound and include hiking, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, golf, rafting, kayaking, and wildlife watching.

Job Overview: Montana State Hospital (MSH) is the only public psychiatric hospital in the state.MSH provides inpatient psychiatric treatment for adults with serious mental illness.The position provides direct services to employees at Montana State Hospital by coordinating, investigating, reviewing, and tracking worker’s compensation claims, and light duty.This position reports to MSH’s Human Resource Manager.

Major Duties or Responsibilities:

Worker’s Compensation Management

  • Reviews all workers’ compensation claims for accuracy, gathering additional details when needed, and keeps records of all claims. Provides technical assistance facility management and employees on workers’ compensation laws and with individual claims management.

  • Actively manage claims for injured workers including, but not limited to analyzing injury data, working with managers and employees to remedy injury patterns, investigating injuries, maintaining and documenting regular contact with State Fund and employees, monitoring employee progress and maintaining documentation.

  • Analyzes work demands, essential duties, physical demands, and employee capabilities, in concert with doctors and rehabilitation consultants, and recommends appropriate working arrangements that allows the employee to return to work or continue at work while minimizing the potential for re-injury.

  • Monitor and manage early return to work program for the Department and its facilities and provides technical assistance and training to management and employees regarding ERTW and light duty.

  • Administers FMLA for those on worker’s compensation leave including, but not limited to, ensuring all federal and state regulation are followed in the administration and tracking of such leave.

  • Coordinates with multiple other positions within DPHHS including, but not limited to, the DPHHS Safety Officer, MSH Occupational Health and Safety Officer, and ADA/EEO Coordinator as needed to complete assigned duties.

  • Develops innovative solutions for correcting a variety of complex risk management issues.

Service Coordination

  • Compiles information regarding FMLA through review of payroll records and issues FMLA entitlement letters.

  • Provides FMLA information/training to supervisors

  • Tracks FMLA records so that employees/supervisor may be informed when FMLA has been exhausted.

  • Provides information to managers and employees related to various OHR processes and procedures. Refers policy interpretations to other HR staff as necessary.

  • Researches, reviews and responds to Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims requests.Advocates for the department’s position throughout the determination process from initial notice to redetermination to hearing in compliance with UI rules and regulations.

  • Researches and advises managers on best practices for direct services.

  • Performs other HR functions as assigned

Physical and Environmental Demands: Typical office environment with extensive keyboarding requirements.Normal schedule is a standard 40-hour week; however, longer hours might be necessary, including weekends and after office hours.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors):

Required for the first day of work:

  • Knowledge of medical practices and nursing procedures.

  • Knowledge of human resource principles and practices related to worker’s compensation

  • Strong writing skills including knowledge of the structure and content of the English language, the meaning and spelling of the words, rules of competition and grammar.

  • Ability to research, compile, and analyze data from multiple sources to identify and resolve a wide variety of issues and problems.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Strong presentation skills.

  • Ability to coach and motivate others to improve their knowledge and skills.

  • Ability to be understanding and remain non-confrontational, while maintaining focus, demeanor and composure in dealing with individuals with differing points of view.

  • Ability to use software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

  • Well organized with good attention to detail.


Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):
  • Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Montana and RN Associate Degree preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Communications, Health and Safety, or a related field.
  • Two years job related work experience preferred.

If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.
This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.