Rehab Therapy Tech I
Performs entry-level habilitative and rehabilitative therapy work. Work involves providing habilitative and rehabilitative services to clients with mental impairments. Works under close supervision, with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
• Studies clients' behavior to determine the need for and value of therapeutic activities and notes clients' progress.
• Writes progress notes used to communicate client information to other staff.
• Accompanies clients to and from activities and appointments.
• Assists in instructing clients in therapeutic activities, such as arts, crafts, drama, music, printing, sewing, and recreation; and provides feedback regarding clients' progress.
• Assists in the preparation of materials for therapeutic activities and maintains an adequate supply of materials.
• Performs housekeeping duties in therapeutic activity areas.
• Performs related work as assigned.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
• Knowledge of the therapeutic methods and techniques in the rehabilitative therapy area of specialization, and of mental illness and mental disabilities.
• Ability to provide rehabilitative therapy and to communicate effectively.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Must possess valid Texas driver's license or obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date. Applicants with an out-of-state driver's license must provide an original certified driving record from the state of driving licensure. Eligible driving record required based on HHSC Fleet Management policy.
Initial Selection Criteria:
Experience in working or volunteering with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities or in performing therapeutic work is preferred, but not required.
One of the following is required:
Paid or unpaid experience in aiding therapists conducting a therapeutic specialty (e.g. music therapy, therapeutic recreation, dance/movement therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology or vocation rehabilitation); or
Graduation from a standard senior high school or equivalent; or
Some work experience.
Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the minimum of the salary range.
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aide, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct and HHS OIG List of Excluded Individuals/ Entities. Males between the ages of 18 – 25 must be registered with the Selective Service. All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to Random drug testing. Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process.
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 68L, 65A, 65B, HM, 4C0X1. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.