In a Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services major hospital this class is accountable for planning, organizing and supervising the patient work program.
Works under the limited supervision of a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor or other employee of higher grade.
May lead Mental Health Assistants and Rehabilitation Therapy Assistants in the direction of patient activities.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Responsible for care and handling of a large patient work force including those on payroll; assigns individual patients to various work groups taking into account patient level of social competence and work tolerance, therapeutic needs and hospital work load; consults with and apprises medical personnel (including doctors, nursing and social services personnel, department heads and others) of patient behavior during work assignments and their fitness for a particular duty or rehabilitation; checks patient workers in and out of residence halls; makes daily rounds of wards with doctors as required; maintains various records for patient workers including payroll records, clothing, materials, tools, etc.; prepares accident and other reports; may conduct patient work programs; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of remotivation techniques and related clinical activities; considerable knowledge of patient job requirements for hospital departments utilizing patient workers; knowledge of suitability of individual patients for hospital work programs as indicated by patient behavior patterns; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to process and maintain patient records such as payroll and accident reports.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Three (3) years of experience as a Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant 2 or its equivalent.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive patients.