Butte CountyChico 95926

Develops evidence-based occupational therapy programs and delivers medically necessary occupational therapy services to a caseload of clients to improve independence of activities of daily living (ADL’s) and attain age-appropriate fine motor skills; evaluates clients’ functional capabilities, establishes treatment goals and plans of service; continually evaluates therapy care and revises goals and plans as necessary to meet client needs and sets measurable goals in partnership with child and family goals, as prescribed by California Children’s Services (CSS) panel physicians.

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Occupational Therapist

Butte County
Butte County Public Health Department, 695 Oleander Ave, Chico, CA 95926, United States
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Overview

Under direction, plans, performs, and directs skilled occupational therapeutic and rehabilitative services for children and youth (ages 0-21) with qualifying medical diagnoses. Collaborates with physicians, parents/caregivers, physical therapists, nurses, social workers, outside agencies and others to develop and implement therapy plans to maximize ability of clients to independently perform tasks of daily living; and performs related duties as assigned.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Receives direction from a Supervising Therapist. Exercises no direct supervision over staff.  

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

This classification is responsible for independently performing professional duties in support of the California Children’s Services (CCS) Medical Therapy Program.  Positions at this level exercise judgement and initiative in their assigned tasks, receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.  

Essential Job Functions

EXAMPLES OF TYPICAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Typical functions may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, abilities, and other characteristics.  The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.

  • Develops evidence-based occupational therapy programs and delivers medically necessary occupational therapy services to a caseload of clients to improve independence of activities of daily living (ADL’s) and attain age-appropriate fine motor skills; evaluates clients’ functional capabilities, establishes treatment goals and plans of service; continually evaluates therapy care and revises goals and plans as necessary to meet client needs and sets measurable goals in partnership with child and family goals, as prescribed by California Children’s Services (CSS) panel physicians.
  • Consults with physicians to determine appropriate types of occupational therapy for the mental and physical improvement of clients; designs modification to fine motor movements to allow greater client participation in daily living activities; adapts games, crafts, and other activities as therapeutic exercises.
  • Selects constructive activities suited to client's physical capacity, intelligence level, interest, and desired results.
  • Instructs clients in methods of accomplishing their daily living habits: including instruction in how to self- feed, don/doff clothing, perform toileting tasks, bath, play, write and interact with their environment.  
  • Conducts individual and group sessions to help clients feel less restricted in their environment; to learn additional leisure time activities, and to learn how to cook, do laundry and take care of themselves.
  • Assesses need for and recommends medically necessary durable medical equipment and orthotics, fits custom adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs, positioning devices, bathing/toileting chairs; assists in coordinating assessment and services with other agencies; provides functional mobility training and educates families in proper use and care of equipment. Observes and evaluates therapy care and revises plan of care to meet individualized client needs; provides written documentation of client progress.
  • Assists in educating school personnel, public health personnel and other interested groups to understand and cooperate in the physical and psychological objectives of occupational therapy treatments.
  • Assists in transition planning for adult care medical services, including occupational therapy services and services for durable medical equipment
  • Makes on-site visits to homes and schools to identify improvements in the physical setting that can be made to make a more adaptive environment for the client.
  • Evaluates admission reports, physician evaluations and diagnosis, laboratory tests, and maintains accurate records and case notes; prepares, updates, and maintains client files, treatment plans, reports, charts, correspondence, and other written materials.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with other program staff and professionals involved in client care to ensure treatment plans are implemented, organize clinics, participate in case conferences, and collaborate as a member of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, as required.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings and conferences; stays current of new trends and innovations in the field of occupational therapy; ensures application of current evidence-based practices in the evaluation and treatment of clients.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, objectives and methods within the scope of occupational therapy.
  • Theory of physical and mental rehabilitation underlying the practice of occupational therapy.
  • Current professional protocols and practices related to therapeutic client assessment, treatment, and case management.  
  • Neuro-muscular function anatomy.
  • Skeletal and muscular anatomy.
  • Fine motor and developmental standards and progressions.
  • Cognitive, psychological, socioeconomic, and social factors that impact patients and their families.
  • Construction, use, and care of orthopedic and durable medical equipment
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to the assigned are of responsibility, including the Privacy Act and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). 
  • Basic medical terminology
  • Case management principles and practices. 
  • Recordkeeping principles.
  • Recent and on-going developments, current literature, and sources of information related to occupational therapy programs and services.
  • Principles and techniques for working with groups and fostering effective team interaction to ensure teamwork is conducted smoothly.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and County staff.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.

Ability To:

  • Evaluate, develop, and implement occupational therapy treatment plans for children with special needs.
  • Instruct and assist patients with therapeutic activities and exercise to optimize functional independence.
  • Interpret and explain occupational therapy tests and findings, diagnoses, objectives, and methods to clients, parents, physicians, physical therapists, speech therapists, nurses, social workers, outside agencies, school personnel, and others.
  • Collaborate with parents and caregivers to ensure continuity in the treatment and training of patients.
  • Determine need for, fitting of and provide training on use of adaptive equipment
  • Integrate occupational therapy activities with other medical and developmental programs.
  • Develop therapeutic relationships with clients and their families from diverse backgrounds
  • Research, evaluate, and integrate evidence-based practices in the evaluation and treatment of clients
  • Prepare accurate and complete case notes, correspondence, reports, and other written material.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, and standards relevant to work performed.
  • Effectively represent the department and the County in meetings with governmental agencies; community groups; various business, professional, and regulatory organizations; and in meetings with individuals.
  • Acts as a clinical instructor for students from colleges who are interested in occupational therapy services.
  • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Occupational Therapy.

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Must possess a valid US driver’s license upon date of application. Must obtain California driver’s license following hire date per California DMV regulations.
  • Possess and maintain a valid license from the California Board of Occupational Therapy. 
  • Possess and maintain a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification. 
Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Mobility to work in a standard office, out-patient, or clinic, setting; use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to operate a motor vehicle to visit various County and meeting sites; standing in and walking between work areas is frequently required.
  • Required to bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull in order to provide services to clients; ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 50 pounds. In all cases of heavier weights, the use of proper equipment and/or assistance from other staff will be used in order to move equipment and assist with client transfers.
  • Vision to read printed materials and a computer screen. 
  • Hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. 
  • Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. 
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