THERAPIST – MENTAL HEALTH
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Under general supervision, to provide
professional occupational therapy services for individuals experiencing symptoms
of serious mental illness,
including evaluating, planning and administering occupational therapy
treatments; and to do related work as required.
Occupational Therapists are assigned to
the Mental Health Adult Services program. Incumbents are responsible for
administering the client’s total treatment program and are expected to take
initiative in developing, implementing and coordinating client treatment
plans. The Occupational Therapist has comprehensive knowledge of client
care in their service area and provides occupational therapy services for
clients as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
- Administers various evaluations to
assess patient’s cognitive and functional levels and develops and
implements appropriate treatment plans;
- Collaborates with a
multi-disciplinary team to provide comprehensive treatment to client and
ensure team understanding of client occupational performance strengths and
- Synthesizes evaluation results into
comprehensive written reports that reflect strengths and barriers to
client participation in the home and community environment;
- Assists with program development;
- Keeps informed of current trends and
developments in occupational therapy and guides evidence-based
- Develops occupationally based
intervention plans based on client needs and evaluation results;
- Participates in multidisciplinary
meetings to review evaluation results, integrate findings with other
disciplines, offer recommendations, and develop individual treatment plans
- Educates clients, families and
support staff to develop and facilitate skills in areas of occupation as
well as health maintenance and safety.
- Makes home visits as necessary;
adapts and modifies the environment to meet individual needs and to help
clients function as independently as possible;
- Monitors and reassesses the effects
of occupational therapy intervention and the need to continue, modify, or
- Documents therapy time for
statistical and billing purposes, to ensure accountability of service and
to meet standards for reimbursement.
Working knowledge of:
- Cognition and its impacts upon the
performance of living skills.
- The influence of disabilities,
socio-cultural and socioeconomic factors on clients’ ability to
participate in occupations.
- Use of occupational therapy theories,
models of practice, principles, and evidence based practices to guide
- Maintain current reporting,
documentation, scheduling, and billing in accordance with professional
standards, state and local guidelines, and reimbursement requirements.
- Determine the need for an
occupational therapy evaluation; select and administer appropriate
assessment tools to evaluate the client.
- Interpret evaluation data and write
comprehensive reports that reflect strengths and barriers to clients’
participation and occupational performance.
- Participate collaboratively with
clients and multi-disciplinary mental health teams to develop
individualized treatment plans.
- Develop and implement occupationally
based intervention plans based on evaluation information.
- Prioritize and schedule work tasks
- Communicate effectively, both orally
and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective work
relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
Training and Experience: Any combination of
training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities
is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Two years of experience in performing
occupational therapy with individuals experiencing symptoms of serious mental
Experience in an occupational therapy internship program for psychiatrically
disabled adults may be substituted for the required experience on a month for
- Possession and maintenance of a valid
license issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy to practice
as a licensed Occupational Therapist in California
- Possession and maintenance of a valid
California Class C Driver License or the incumbent must provide suitable
transportation approved by the appointing authority.
Special Working Conditions: Exposure to
offensive odors such as unwashed people and clothes, human and animal feces;
the possibility of infections which may cause chronic disease or death; hostile
or violent individuals; cigarette smoke.
Bargaining Unit: General
EEOC Job Category: 02
Occupational Group: 60
Worker’s Compensation Code: 0290