OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST – MENTAL HEALTH
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Under general supervision, to provide professional occupational therapy
services for psychiatrically disabled adults, including evaluating, planning
and administering occupational therapy treatments; and to do related work as
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
- 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 needs;
- Synthesizes evaluation results into comprehensive written reports
that reflect strengths and barriers to client participation in the home and
- Assists with program development;
- Keeps informed of current trends and developments in occupational
therapy and guides evidence-based intervention;
- 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 and
- 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 discontinue intervention;
- 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 practice 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
- 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 independently.
- 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 the
psychiatrically disabled. Experience in an occupational therapy internship
program for psychiatrically disabled adults may be substituted for the required
experience on a month for month basis.
- 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 Representation Unit
EEOC Job Category: 02
Occupational Group: 60
Worker’s Compensation Code: 0290