Occupational Therapist (35 Hour)

State of Connecticut - Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services

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$68,379 – $92,405 a year

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The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (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.
Are you a self-starter? Do you have a passion for supporting others? Do you want to make a difference while participating in a dynamic and reciprocal health care environment in the public sector? If so, we want you to join us!
The DMHAS, Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) is currently recruiting for an Occupational Therapist within Outpatient Rehabilitation Community Services Network. This position is located at 34 Park Street, New Haven, CT. It is a full time, 35 hours per week. The work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The position number is 26656.
Our vision at CMHC is to treat people with mental illness in their communities, provide a place for researchers from many fields to find new treatments, and teach professionals in the care of mental illness. We are an urban community mental health center with an exceptional 30-year tradition of serving individuals with serious mental illness. Founded in 1966, our facility cares for more than 5,000 people a year in a variety of services. We treat individuals suffering from severe and persistent psychosis, depression, anxiety, addictions (including alcoholism, cocaine, and gambling) and those with co-existing mental health and addiction problems.
Discover the opportunity to:
  • Engage in a rewarding career;
  • Perform within an interdisciplinary team that focuses on client-centered care;
  • Work in the Ambulatory Rehabilitation department that provides functional assessments, programming and skilled treatment in the areas of psychosocial, social/leisure, activities of daily living (ADLs), cognitive functioning and physical functioning;
  • Supervise occupational and rehabilitation therapy students from approved colleges and universities;
  • Educate patients and foster their ability to function independently in order to transition to their home life environment and community;
  • Be creative in your group and individual sessions; and
  • Provide support to a community of individuals that are passionate about improving the quality of life of those we serve.
We participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off! We encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees.


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This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications – as listed on the job opening – will be considered for this role, as determined by qualifications stated on the submitted application.
The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and 13G (3a).
The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account.
This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting’s closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question’s expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user’s spam.
Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Doreen Clemson at Doreen.Clemson@ct.gov or (860) 785-9855.



In a state facility this class is accountable for providing professional occupational therapy services.


CLINICAL: Selects, plans, administers and implements occupational therapy programs for training of individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities; administers individual and group instructions to individuals in various occupational therapies including but not limited to activities of daily living, independent living skills, sensorimotor skills and performance components, psychosocial skill and performance components, therapeutic adaptations and specialized assessments; determines and carries out treatment and activities for individuals consistent with physician prescription; assesses individuals educational needs; organizes new projects and methods; serves as a member of the treatment team; consults with supervisor, physicians and other professionals regarding individual reactions, progress and treatment plans; recommends changes in individuals treatment; participates in training programs for professional and paraprofessional staff and students/interns gaining clinical experience; attends and participates in workshops and conferences; instructs and demonstrates to individuals and parents treatments to be carried on in a treatment center and at home; makes adaptive equipment; maintains records and prepares reports on individual care and administrative matters; coordinates occupational therapy services with other disciplines such as physical, speech and rehabilitative therapies; orders, requisitions and distributes supplies and materials; coordinates efforts of volunteers; may escort individuals on trips into community; may perform duties in individuals home or community settings; may act as supervisor in his/her absence; may act as a consultant, advisor or resource person to other staff, programs or units; may attend conferences, individual study meetings and clinics; may maintain inventory; may serve as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP); performs related duties as required.

CONSULTING: Provides consultative services to public and private agencies in an assigned region of state or on a statewide basis with emphasis on pediatrics; instructs professionals, paraprofessionals, individuals and family members in appropriate way to carry out therapeutic program and encourages self-care at home; develops, supervises and operates therapeutic clinics or programs in an assigned area of state; assists in development of educational materials and procedural manuals; assists in evaluation of services and procedures being purchased by state or being rendered by state run facilities; prepares and presents educational material for in-service training programs; assists in recruitment and orientation of professional staff; prepares growth and development tests; assists in planning and participates in special research studies; prepares reports of activities and maintains individuals records; may provide direct service to individuals; performs related duties as required.


CLINICAL: Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of occupational therapy; considerable knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, neurology, neuroanatomy and individual and group dynamics as applied to occupational therapy; considerable knowledge of adaptive equipment and its proper application; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; skill in application of occupational therapy techniques; ability to gain interest, cooperation and confidence of individuals; ability to utilize computer software.

CONSULTING: Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of occupational therapy with emphasis on pediatrics; considerable knowledge of adaptive equipment and its proper application; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; basic knowledge of concepts and practices of public health; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to utilize computer software.


Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain licensure as an Occupational Therapist issued by the Connecticut State Department of Public Health in accordance with the applicable Connecticut General Statutes.


Our ideal candidate will possess the following:
  • Experience working with individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders.
  • Experience working independently in communities supporting clients, placements and affiliated agencies.
  • Experience facilitating committees/workgroups, in-services and trainings including train-the-trainer models.
  • Experience facilitating courageous conversations.
  • Experience facilitating and leading diversity, equity and inclusion activities.


  • 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 designated positions.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


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

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