The State of Connecticut
, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS
), is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.
The Connecticut Valley Hospital
(CVH) boasts a rich history first opening its doors over 150 years ago in 1868. As the State’s public hospital, we provide treatment of mental illness and currently comprise of 18 inpatient units over two campuses (Middletown and Hartford). In our operational framework, recovery is defined as a process of restoring or developing a positive and meaningful sense of identity apart from one’s condition and then rebuilding one’s life in the fullest sense. Recovery is an individualized patient-centered approach. Achieving and maintaining an optimal state of health and wellness is integrated in our recovery approach. Individuals acquire and practice life skills that will assist them in their recovery process.
Do you have a passion for supporting others? If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join our hospital’s team! We seek an experienced and qualified individual for the position of Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant 2 (PCN: 25570). This position is a full time, 37.5 hour role working first shift with the General Psychiatry Division at Battell 2 North. The work schedule is Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Monday, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m..
In this role you will discover the opportunity to:
- Participate in individual and group programs for an inpatient unit;
- Provide individual support and program support to meet patient specific goals and needs to include one on one support in addition to group programming support;
- Assist in the completion of initial and annual assessments, treatment plan interventions, weekly and monthly progress notes and accurate, timely documentation of group work;
- Transport individuals to and from activities on and off grounds;
- Participate with treatment teams to assist in meeting treatment plan goals.
In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the Department of Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, who has permanent state status*, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period. For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent).
Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.
This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.
This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications - as listed on the job opening - will be considered for this role, as determined by qualifications stated on the submitted application.
Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account.
Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meet the preferred requirements of the position. Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
Please Note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
Should you have questions regarding this recruitment please contact Andrew Pebley at Andrew.Pebley@ct.gov
or (860) 785-6185.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state facility or institution this class is accountable for implementing at a paraprofessional level treatment plans designed by a professional therapist to improve or correct disorders in the intellectual, emotional or motor status of the individuals.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Works in a variety of rehabilitation services; implements rehabilitation activities; assists in planning rehabilitation activities and programs to improve or correct individual disorders; participates in interdisciplinary treatment teams; assumes some responsibility for training new employees and students; observes, reports and charts individual behavior or response; prepares records and reports; cleans areas and maintains equipment and supplies; may prepare treatment plans and screen individuals under supervision of a professional therapist; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of rehabilitation principles and practices; knowledge of physical and psychosocial disorders and their relationship to therapeutic techniques; knowledge of individual and group dynamics; knowledge of therapy equipment and supplies including proper care and maintenance; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to encourage, instruct and work effectively with individuals; ability in one or more art forms or crafts applicable to therapy program; ability to carry out instructions; ability to observe, report and chart individual behavior or response; ability to discern program results.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Three (3) years of experience working with individuals exhibiting intellectual, emotional, or motor status disorders.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been as a Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant 1 or its equivalent.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. An Associate's Degree in a recognized therapeutic discipline may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.
2. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience. In this case the Special Requirement must still be met.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and maintain a current certification as a Water Safety Instructor (WSI), Red Cross Advanced Life Saving and/or in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain individuals and may have some exposure to moderately disagreeable conditions, infectious and/or communicable diseases and risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive individuals.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.