Occupational Therapy Supervisor (35 Hour)


Recruitment #220920-5980HC-001


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 Mental Health Center (CMHC) is an urban community mental health center with an exceptional 30-year tradition of serving individuals with serious mental illness. Founded in 1966, the CMCH cares for more than 5,000 people a year in a variety of services. CMHC treats individuals suffering from severe and persistent psychosis, depression, anxiety, addictions (including alcoholism, cocaine, and gambling) and those with co-existing mental health and addiction problems.

We are currently recruiting for a Occupational Therapy Supervisor (PCN 100085) for the Social Work Services located at 34 Park Street in New Haven.  This position is full time, 35 hours per week, first shift, with a work schedule of Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm.  Please note, due to the nature of this role the preferred applicant will be bilingual in English and Spanish.

In this role, discover the opportunity to:
  • Select, plan, administer, and implement a therapeutic program on all three inpatient units;
  • Develop department policies and procedures in accordance to the regulatory/accreditation standards;
  • Be responsible for hiring, work schedules, coverage, clinical and administrative supervision, yearly performance appraisals and annual required staff education;
  • Develop, provide, implement, and evaluate rehabilitation assessments, occupational therapy evaluations, and client group and individual programing related to clients treatment goals focusing on recovery model of care; and
  • Develop relationships with community providers and assist staff to access and employ community resources effectively in the discharge planning process. 
Duties will be performed in both the office and in community-based settings. The Occupational Therapy Supervisor will document all clinical work, according to institutional and regulatory standards and review and co-sign documentation completed by staff, assuring their compliance with institutional and regulatory standards. The incumbent will assure adequate occupational and rehabilitation coverage across the three inpatient service units, and may assist in providing coverage as needed.

  • We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • We encourage a strong work/life balance for all state employees.
  • We offer opportunities for professional and personal growth.
  • We have limitless areas for you to perform relevant and significant work.

Selection Plan

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  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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In State facilities, this class is accountable for the supervision of an occupational therapy program.


Plans, directs, and/or contributes to planning and directing of an occupational therapy program used to provide individuals with habilitation/ rehabilitation activities; develops diagnostic tools and administrative procedures for occupational therapy department; supervises and instructs staff and intern therapists in occupational therapeutic techniques and implementation of various procedures; provides in-service training; supervises therapy staff and reviews their reports; conducts or participates in case conferences, individual study meetings or clinics to provide consultation to attending physician and other therapeutic disciplines regarding individual level of functioning, treatment plans and progress; attends training conferences and lectures on occupational therapy and related topics; develops and maintains reporting and recording procedures for individual care and administrative matters; prepares and maintains reports on individual diagnosis, treatment and progress; maintains inventories and orders supplies and equipment; may act for Director of Rehabilitation Therapies in his or her absence; may assign individuals to activity groups; may supervise related therapy areas; may meet with other department heads to coordinate occupational therapy with other programs in facility or hospital; may develop occupational therapy policies and procedures may prepare occupational therapy department budget; may conduct occupational therapy staff meetings to discuss clinical and administrative issues; may maintain liaison with local and state agencies for continuance of vocational and educational training of discharged individuals; may make home visits and/or transport and escort individuals off grounds; may represent the occupational therapy department by speaking to community groups; may make adaptive equipment; may serve as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP); performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of occupational therapy; considerable knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, neurology, neuroanatomy and individual group dynamics as applied to occupational therapy; considerable knowledge of physical and/or intellectual disorders; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; skill in application of occupational therapy techniques; skill in instructing others in occupational therapy techniques; ability to gain interest, cooperation and confidence of individuals; ability to utilize computer software; supervisory ability.


Three (3) years of experience as an Occupational Therapist.


  • Experience overseeing services in a hospital setting.
  • Fluent in Spanish.


1. Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain licensure as an Occupational Therapist in the State of Connecticut.
2. 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.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.