Recreation Therapist I

Recruitment #210407-X36A-I03


This position is located at Griffin Memorial Hospital in Norman, OklahomaRECREATION THERAPIST I, X36A

Company Overview:
The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) is responsible for providing services to Oklahomans who are affected by mental illness and substance abuse. ODMHSAS strives to provide persistent, incremental improvements in the quality and effectiveness of treatment which results in better recovery for more Oklahomans.  Our state-operated facilities are commissioned to provide services that promote consumer empowerment, wellness, recovery, and integration in the community.

Griffin Memorial Hospital (GMH) is located in Norman, Oklahoma, and serves all 77 counties in Oklahoma as the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) treatment center for adults.  GMH provides community crisis stabilization and residential treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health and trauma related conditions. 

Griffin Memorial Hospital is committed to creating a nonviolent and trauma-informed culture through the seven (7) Sanctuary Commitments.  Those Commitments are - Non-Violence, Emotional Intelligence, Social Learning, Shared Governance, Open Communication, Social Responsibility, and Commitment to Growth and Change.

About the Position:
The incumbent in this position is responsible for the planning and supervision of various types of recreational activities; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships; communicating effectively, both orally and in writing; exercising initiative and independent judgment; and working with mentally ill clients.

Typical job functions include but are not limited to:
• Planning and implementing therapeutic recreational programs and activities for an assigned caseload of patients.
• Conducting interviews, tests and other procedures to evaluate the patient’s needs, attitudes, interests and abilities.
• Developing a therapeutic intervention plan based on observations, tests and other information, evaluating patient’s participation in program activities and progress towards established goals and objectives and documenting response to various treatments and activities.

Job Type/Salary:
• This is a full-time, shift position. Shifts are 8 hours in duration.
• Annual Salary is in Pay Band H / $28,628.20 - $46,068.00.
• Scheduled days: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (full time) - some weekends required.
• The FLSA Status is Non-Exempt for this Position. The EEO Category is Professional.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy, outdoor recreation, physical education or a closely related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Requirements:
Upon appointment, incumbents designated by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services shall complete certification in one of the following required Departmental sponsored training in case management:  Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager – Adult; Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager – Child, Adolescent and Family; or Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager – Dual Certification.

Applicants must be willing and able to fulfill any job-related travel normally associated with this position and as such have a valid driver’s license.

Benefit Highlights:
ODMHSAS is proud to provide a comprehensive benefits package designed to support our employees and their dependents.  

Our benefits include:
• Generous state paid benefit allowance to help cover insurance premiums
• A wide choice of health insurance plans with no pre-existing condition exclusions or limitations
• Flexible spending accounts for health care expenses or dependent care
• Employee assistance programs and health and fitness programs
• 11 paid holidays
• 15 days of vacation and 15 days of sick leave the first year
• Retirement Savings Plan with a generous match
• Longevity Bonus for years of service
• Student Loan repayment options
• Training opportunities for CEU requirements

Drug and Alcohol Pre-employment and Preplacement Testing
Upon a conditional offer of employment, applicants for safety sensitive positions shall be required to submit to urinalysis to test for drugs. Appointment to a safety sensitive position shall be contingent upon a negative drug test result.


Reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities may be provided upon request.
An Equal Opportunity Employer.


Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities for planning, organizing, directing and conducting client therapy programs and instruct or supervise clients in recreational activities as part of a therapeutic psychiatric or medical treatment program.


The Recreation Therapist job family consists of four levels of work which are distinguished by the depth and breadth of accountability, the expertise required to perform assigned duties and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I:    
This is the basic level where incumbents perform beginning level professional work to build their skills in planning and conducting recreational therapy programs.


Level I:    
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy, outdoor recreation, physical education or a closely related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.