Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Occupational Therapist (37.5 Hour)

Recruitment #211122-5971XC-001

Introduction


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.

Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding role? If you are we encourage you to apply today! We are currently searching for two Occupational Therapists (PCN: 130432 & 130433). These full-time, 37.5 positions will work Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. 6 p.m. We are located at 1000 Silver Street in Middletown, Ct.

PCN: 130432 will be working with our Young Adult Services Unit (YAS) within the General Psychiatric Division. YAS was developed to help young adults transition successfully from the Dept. of Children & Families (DCF) to the adult mental health system and achieve the necessary skills for adulthood. The current population served by YAS includes the most acute, high-risk cohort of young adults in the state between the ages of 18 and 25.

PCN: 130433 will be located within Patient Central Services (PCS).  PCS supports the delivery of assessment, evaluation and active treatment services to the Ct Valley Hospital campus.

What’s in It for You - Comprehensive Benefits:
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage;
  • Comprehensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings;
  • Retirement healthcare offerings;
  • Professional growth and development opportunities;
  • Outstanding work/life balance!

Selection Plan

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however applications to this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in this job class.

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and 13G (3a).

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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.

Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

Effective October 1, 2021 and in order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

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 this class is accountable for providing professional occupational therapy services.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

CLINICAL: Selects, plans, administers and implements occupational therapy programs for training of individuals with  physical and/or intellectual disabilities; administers individual and group instructions to individuals in various occupational therapies including but not limited to activities of daily living, independent living skills, sensorimotor skills and performance components, psychosocial skill and performance components, therapeutic adaptations and specialized assessments; determines and carries out treatment and activities for individuals consistent with physician prescription; assesses individuals educational needs; organizes new projects and methods; serves as a member of the treatment team; consults with supervisor, physicians and other professionals regarding individual reactions, progress and treatment plans; recommends changes in individuals treatment; participates in training programs for professional and paraprofessional staff and students/interns gaining clinical experience; attends and participates in workshops and conferences; instructs and demonstrates to individuals and parents treatments to be carried on in a treatment center and at home; makes adaptive equipment; maintains records and prepares reports on individual care and administrative matters; coordinates occupational therapy services with other disciplines such as physical, speech and rehabilitative therapies; orders, requisitions and distributes supplies and materials; coordinates efforts of volunteers; may escort individual on trips into community; may perform duties in individual home or community settings; may act as supervisor in his/her absence; may act as a consultant, advisor or resource person to other staff, programs or units; may attend conferences, individual study meetings and clinics; may maintain inventory; may serve as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP); performs related duties as required.

CONSULTING: Provides consultative services to public and private agencies in an assigned region of state or on a statewide basis with emphasis on pediatrics; instructs professionals, paraprofessionals, individual and family members in appropriate way to carry out therapeutic program and encourages self-care at home; develops, supervises and operates therapeutic clinics or programs in an assigned area of state; assists in development of educational materials and procedural manuals; assists in evaluation of services and procedures being purchased by state or being rendered by state run facilities; prepares and presents educational material for in-service training programs; assists in recruitment and orientation of professional staff; prepares growth and development tests; assists in planning and participates in special research studies; prepares reports of activities and maintains individual records; may provide direct service to individual; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

CLINICAL: Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of occupational therapy; considerable knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, neurology, neuroanatomy and individual and group dynamics as applied to occupational therapy; considerable knowledge of adaptive equipment and its proper application; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; skill in application of occupational therapy techniques; ability to gain interest, cooperation and confidence of individual; ability to utilize computer software.

CONSULTING: Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of occupational therapy with emphasis on pediatrics; considerable knowledge of adaptive equipment and its proper application; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; basic knowledge of concepts and practices of public health; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to utilize computer software.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain licensure as an Occupational Therapist issued by the Connecticut State Department of Public Health in accordance with the applicable Connecticut General Statutes.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign language or proficient in the use of American Sign Language in certain designated positions.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to danger of injury and to moderately disagreeable conditions while providing treatment to individuals.

Conclusion

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.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.