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State of Massachusetts Occupational Therapist II in Worcester, Massachusetts

The Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) is seeking a creative, dynamic, and committed Occupational Therapist to fill a part-time Therapist II position. The Occupational Therapist will provide occupational therapy rehabilitative service by delivering evidenced –based and best practices evaluations and treatments. The Occupational Therapist will evaluate both psycho-social and daily functioning though informed evaluations, recommending and providing evidence-based interventions. They must work collaboratively with both the rehabilitations and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Incumbents of this position, will work in collaboration with the Rehabilitation Director, the Occupational Therapy Supervisor will facilitate the delivery of Rehabilitation services that is person-centered, recovery-based, and clinically-driven, and establish programs that are evidence-based using best practice evaluations and treatments. As a member of the Rehabilitation Clinical Leadership Team, the Supervisor must have a clear understanding of the hospital’s operational and administrative needs.

The Occupational Therapy Supervisor will also evaluate patients’ needs for Occupational Therapy/Rehabilitation Services, design and provide treatment as indicated. The basic purpose of this work is to provide Occupational Therapy services to facilitate the rehabilitation of patients with mental or emotional disabilities or disorders.

_Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all inclusive):_Under the direction and supervision,of the Director of Rehabilitation (OT III) and in collaboration of other Rehabilitation Supervisors. The Occupational Therapist Supervisor will:

  • Evaluates patients’ needs for therapy through interviews, direct observations, and review of medical records and by conducting functional assessments to determine patient’s functional skills levels.

  • Develops and implements treatment plans, in conjunction with Treatment Team, for patients that identify specific treatment modalities based upon functional assessment findings to ensure clinically appropriate modalities are included in the Master Treatment Plan.

  • Coordinates patients’ schedule and functions as the Rehabilitation liaison by generating referrals to all Rehabilitation services.

  • Provide clinical and operational oversight of rehabilitation services treatment schedule for assigned units and treatment locations, ensuring an engaging treatment focused milieu. Make staffing assignments that meet the clinical and operational needs of the Rehabilitation Program, Joint Commission standards, and CMS standards of care.

  • Provide direct and indirect supervision of Occupational Therapists, Rehab Counselors, interns, students, etc. to ensure effective delivery of services and compliance with agency programs and policy.

  • Oversee patient’s evaluations and at times, evaluates patients’ need for therapy through interviews, direct observations, review of medical records and by conducting functional assessments to determine patient’s functional skills levels for assigned units.

  • Provide supervision, clinical oversight, and may develop, as needed, Occupational/Rehabilitation treatment plans in conjunction with the Treatment Team to ensure clinically appropriate modalities are included in the Recovery based Master Treatment Plan based on the functional assessment findings, and the patients individual Recovery Goals.

  • As assigned, conduct individual/group treatment, and milieu activities, both in treatment site locations, and on unit.

  • Supervise and may provide documentation of patients’ progress, and records result of assessments within the guidelines as mandated by accrediting bodies and billing agencies. Maintains statistics, keeps accurate billing logs, and tacks patients’ attendance in programs as assigned.

  • Ensure rehabilitation staff competences by providing audits of care, supervision, trainings, consultation, recommend training needs, and scheduling staff to participate in trainings to maintain competencies in rehabilitation treatment services provided.

  • Interview candidates for employment and make recommendations concerning the hiring, promotion, etc. of agency staff. (As assigned).

  • Actively participate in assigned committees, participate in rehabilitation data collection/fact findings, prepare reports, and communicate report findings both written and verbally to the Director of Rehabilitation.

  • Perform related duties such as maintaining records; ordering equipment, materials and supplies; attending meetings and in-service training programs, and providing on-the-job training to staff and students.

  • Recommend the establishment or revision of policies, procedures, and standards governing the unit.

_Required Qualifications:_

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise and preform administrative duties for a large rehabilitation department.

  • Knowledge of evidence based and best practice theory, principles, treatment methods, techniques, and procedures, of occupational therapy and rehabilitation.

  • Knowledge of Occupational Therapy Assessment tools, of diagnostic and prognostic testing relative to Occupational Therapy.

  • Ability to utilize and administer assessment tools needed to accurately assess patient’s functional skills needed for a continuum of care both for in-patient rehabilitation and treatment, as well as discharge planning. .

  • Knowledge of the terminology used in connection with Occupational Therapy.

  • Knowledge of the types and uses of equipment and materials used in providing Occupational Therapy.

  • Ability to motivate clients.

  • Ability to understand, explain and apply the policies, procedures, specifications, standards, and guidelines governing assigned treatment areas and groups.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with patients receiving services, supervisor, peers, subordinates, and other treatment team providers.

  • Ability to conduct training or instruction in OT

  • Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare reports.

  • Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished.

  • Ability to assess work of subordinates through periodic review and/or evaluations; determines subordinates training needs and provides for such training.

  • Motivating subordinates to work effectively and determining the need for corrective, and or disciplinary action.

  • Knowledge of fact finding skills needed to aggregate data, findings, develops written plans, and present findings both in written reports, and committees/meetings.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and demonstrates professional behavior

  • Demonstrated ability to exercise effective/sound judgment and sensitivity to changing needs and situations

  • Competence in working effectively in a dynamic, time-sensitive high volume environment.

  • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, as applied to Occupational Therapy.

  • Knowledge of the social, psychological diagnoses and problems as related to Occupational Therapy.

  • Knowledge of the principles of human growth and development, and educational diagnosis as related to Occupational Therapy.

  • Knowledge of the principles of physical disabilities diagnosis and problems as related to Occupational Therapy.

  • Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of Occupational Therapy data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.

  • BS degree or greater in the field of Occupational Therapy

  • Valid License to practice as a Registered Occupational Therapist in MA

  • Valid NBCOT, Board Certified Occupational Therapist

_Preferred Qualifications:_

  • Knowledge of mission, philosophy and treatment principles of the psychiatric rehabilitation process and workflow at WRCH.

  • Knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.

  • Familiarity of the types and uses of agency forms.

  • Proficiency of the types and availability of public or private organizations or resources for providing Occupational Therapy.

  • Comprehension of mission, philosophy and treatment principles of the psychiatric rehabilitation process

  • Skills in American Sign Language (ASL)

  • Valid MA Driver’s License

  • Ability to drive a 15 passenger van

_DMH Mission Statement:_

The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities. The Department establishes standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care to promote recovery. The Department sets policy, promotes self-determination, protects human rights and supports mental health training and research.

_Total Compensation:_

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

_Pre-Hire Process:_

  • A criminal background check 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. 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 Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For additional information, please call Karen Gouin in Human Resources at (508) 368-3406.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have at least one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience as an occupational therapist.

Special Requirements:

Possession of a current and valid Occupational Therapist license issued by the Board of Allied Health Professions in accordance with Chapter 667 of the Acts of 1982.

*An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. *

Job: *Medical Services

Organization: *Department of Mental Health

Title: Occupational Therapist II

Location: Massachusetts-Worcester - 309 Belmont Street

Requisition ID: 200007BH