State of Massachusetts Physical Therapist I in Waltham, Massachusetts
The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members.
The Physical Therapy Department is an excellent opportunity for experienced professionals in this field to make a significant difference in the lives of the individuals that are supported by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). The Physical Therapist I will provide direct and indirect services to address the needs of the individuals supported by DDS in the Commonwealth.
Incumbent will provide evaluations, consultation, program development, and program monitoring related to areas of physical therapy for individuals supported by Metro Residential Services. Consultation includes Activities of Daily Living, personal safety, home management, self-direction, environmental accessibility, assistive devices, seating, positioning, and sensory motor development, neuro muscular and orthopedic conditions. Evaluate and assess individual needs by administering tests, measurements and evaluations using standardized or recommended procedures to establish or revise specifics of individual treatment. Recommend, procure, modify and monitor adapted equipment, seating systems, and environmental adaptations, in consultation with other professionals such as occupational therapists, speech therapists, orthopedists, orthotists, equipment designers and program staff as appropriate. Respond to issues concerning motor function and abilities with a DD population. Provide consultation and on-going staff training on use and care of adaptive and assistive devices in keeping with the Department’s goal of maintaining independence. Provide supportive and on-going communication.
Incumbent will work in conjunction with occupational therapy staff to assist in addressing the mobility, ambulation, and positioning needs of individuals served. Incumbent will work with outside agencies (day habilitation programs, hospitals, work sites, etc.) and programs to help achieve better services. Assist with screening and accepting referrals to the MRS homes.
Incumbent will maintain knowledge and proficiency of professional practice through participation in conferences, seminars, review of literature and workshops to insure provision of quality services. Incumbent must meet continuing education requirements to maintain licensure. Participate as an ISP team member for individuals on caseload, when appropriate; complete necessary documentation and attend house meetings; make recommendations regarding access to availability of and eligibility for outside services, and make referrals.
Incumbent will develop physical therapy treatment plans in accordance with accepted standards and practice to address individual needs and to insure effective treatment. Develop programmatic guidelines and treatment plans which can be implemented by direct support staff and integrated into the individual’s daily routine; train staff, monitor implementation, and provide on-going clinical evaluation.
Participate as a member of regional clinical team; participate in projects as assigned; provide accurate documentation to Clinical Coordinator regarding services provided; provide input to management staff as requested.
Provide consultation related to physical therapy including evaluation, design, to individuals and staff served by Metro Region and MRS programs, as assigned by Clinical Coordinator through the Adaptive Technology referral system including attending fittings and assisting individuals in obtaining maximum level of independence.
A criminal background check (CORI) will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate. For more information, please visit:
Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
If Any Concerns or questions please contact Employment and Staffing at 781-788-5211.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
Minimum Entrance Requirements: None
Special Requirements: Possession of a current and valid Physical Therapist license issued by the Massachusetts Division of Licensure Board of Allied Health Professionals in accordance with Chapter 667 of the Acts of 1982.
Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Job: *Medical Services
Organization: *Department of Developmental Services
Title: Physical Therapist I
Location: Massachusetts-Waltham - 465 Waverly Oaks Rd
Requisition ID: 1900008A