Rehabilitation Therapist 1 (Therapeutic Recreation) (Part-Time)


Recruitment #240202-6891HC-002


Are you interested in a career where you can make a difference, do what you are passionate about and receive personal fulfillment?
If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join our team!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is currently seeking a qualified and experienced individual for the position of Rehabilitation Therapist 1 (Therapeutic Recreation).

Position Highlights: 
  • FACILITY: Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH)
  • UNIT: Patient Central Services Division
  • LOCATION: Middletown, CT
  • SCHEDULE: Part-time, (24.0 hours weekly), 1st Shift, Friday - Sunday 8:30am - 4:30pm
What We Can Offer You:
  • The opportunity to work for a Forbes top company: 'Forbes' State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule
  • NEW: A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A healthy work/life balance to all employees
*Benefit offerings will vary with part-time positions. 

Discover The Opportunity To:

  • Engage in a rewarding career;
  • Showcase your talents in a meaningful role;
  • Thrive in an exciting environment;
  • Provide support to a division that is passionate about the work we do;
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.

The Role:

Job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluates individual level of functioning by assessing behavior and reviewing medical, social and emotional case histories.
  • Writes and implements treatment plans using a specific modality.
  • Conducts individual and group activities, consulting with other professionals and selecting appropriate techniques and materials to teach skills to correct disorders in intellectual, emotional or motor status of an individual. 
  • Attends case conferences, actively participating in admission, treatment and discharge planning.
  • Observes, records and evaluates individual progress.

    About Us:
    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. 

    CVH's vision and mission is to promote recovery through collaborative, compassionate, and culturally competent treatment in a safe, healthy, and caring environment.  We provide trauma informed gender responsive treatment that empowers individuals to manage recovery, improve quality of life and return to the community.  

    We hope you take this opportunity to continue your career with us and make a difference!

    Selection Plan

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    To Apply:
    • 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.
    • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
    • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
    • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
    • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
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    • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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    In a state facility this class is accountable for the evaluation, planning and application of a recognized therapeutic discipline to provide treatment for individuals with an intellectual disability, emotional disabilities and physical disabilities.


    • Evaluates individual level of functioning by assessing behavior and reviewing medical, social and emotional case histories;
    • Writes and implements treatment plans using a specific modality;
    • Conducts individual and group activities, consulting with other professionals and selecting appropriate techniques and materials to teach skills to correct disorders in intellectual, emotional or motor status of an individual;
    • Attends case conferences, actively participating in admission, treatment and discharge planning;
    • Observes, records and evaluates individual progress;
    • Participates in or assists in conducting training programs for staff therapists and rehabilitation and nursing students;
    • Uses data from observation and diagnostic evaluations to develop goals and new activities;
    • Administers and interprets evaluations in specialty areas;
    • Requisitions and distributes supplies;
    • Adapts musical, art and recreational equipment used in designated discipline;
    • May attend workshops and conferences;
    • May transport and escort individuals to off grounds activities;
    • May perform prevocational activities with individual;
    • May participate in and plan special activities within community;
    • May perform duties in individual home or community setting;
    • May serve as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional;
    • Performs related duties as required.


    • Knowledge of
      • principles and practices of the therapeutic recreation discipline;
      • physical and intellectual disorders;
      • individual and group dynamics;
    • Considerable
      • interpersonal skills;
      • oral and written communication skills;
    • Skill in application of therapeutic techniques.


    Four (4) years of professional experience in the appropriate professional rehabilitation therapy program specialty performing such activities as program evaluation, planning and application for individuals with an intellectual disability, emotional disabilities and physical disabilities.


    College training in the appropriate recognized therapeutic recreation discipline may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.


    • Experience facilitating Rehabilitation Therapy and co-occurring treatment.
    • Experience with Rehabilitation assessment and evaluation.


    • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and maintain a certificate as a Water Safety Instructor (W.S.I.), and/or life saving (CPR, First Aid) from the American Red Cross.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign language or proficient in use of American sign language in certain positions.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


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



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


    As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.