Rehabilitation Therapist 2 (Therapeutic Recreation) (40 Hour)


Recruitment #240625-6896FP-001


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The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System (SWCMHS) is currently seeking two (2) qualified individuals for the position of full-time Rehabilitation Therapist 2 (Therapeutic Recreation). The selected candidates will support patients on an inpatient unit, in the Rehabilitation Services Division. 

  • FACILITY: Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System (SWCMHS)
  • UnitYoung Adult Services
  • LOCATION: 1635 Central Ave; Bridgeport, CT 06610
  • SCHEDULE: Full time | 40 hours per week - More information can be seen in the charts below:
PCN 121731
 Monday Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday Sunday 
  Off 1:00pm-9:30pm  8:00am-4:30pm  8:00am-4:30pm  8:00am-4:30pm  1:00pm-9:30pm  Off 

PCN 131242
 Monday Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday Sunday 
 1:00pm-9:30pm 8:00am-4:30pm  8:00am-4:30pm  1:00pm-9:30pm  Off  Off  8:00am-4:30pm 

    • Complete all rehabilitation therapy documentation, including assessments, treatment plans, progress notes, group documentation, and reassessments needed to meet joint commission guidelines; 
    • Perform therapeutic recreation interventions designed to assist in meeting client goals and improving levels of overall functioning; 
    • Explore local community recreational resources with clients while teaching life skills for inpatient clients; 
    • Conduct vocational educational work program & coordinates educational opportunities through the recovery education center.
    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.


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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 a state facility this class is accountable for the planning, administration, implementation and evaluation of professional therapy programs in a recognized therapeutic discipline for individuals with an intellectual disability, emotional disabilities and physical disabilities.


    • Selects, plans, administers and implements a therapeutic program by utilizing a specific therapy function to teach skills to correct disorders in intellectual, emotional or motor status of an individual;
    • Writes and implements treatment plans;
    • Plans, schedules and conducts individual and group activities;
    • Actively participates in admission, treatment and discharge planning of an individual;
    • Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings presenting cases and discussing future treatment goals and objectives for an individual;
    • Participates in institutional, professional and community groups and/or task forces;
    • Participates in staff meetings and on interdisciplinary committees;
    • Trains and supervises staff and individuals in application of a specific discipline;
    • Provides in-service training to other staff;
    • Attends and participates in workshops and conferences;
    • Gathers and uses data from observation and diagnostic tests to develop goals and new activities;
    • Coordinates therapy services with other disciplines such as occupational or physical therapy;
    • Selects appropriate materials and implements a therapeutic program to meet needs of individual;
    • Maintains and orders equipment;
    • Observes, records and evaluates individual progress;
    • May transport and escort individuals to community functions;
    • May teach direct care and paraprofessional staff in application of a specific therapy;
    • May make adaptive equipment;
    • May serve as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional;
    • Performs related duties as required.


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


    Five (5) 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.
    • One (1) year of experience at the level of a Rehabilitation Therapist 1 or its equivalent may be substituted for the General Experience. 


    • Experience writing and implementing treatment plans.
    • Experience conducting individual and group activities.
    • Experience working in a behavioral health inpatient setting.
    • Experience recording and evaluating client and/or patient progress.
    • Experience interpreting evaluations in specialty areas.


    • 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 the 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 moderately disagreeable 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.