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The Arizona State Hospital (ASH) provides inpatient psychiatric care to persons with serious mental illness who need long-term behavioral health care. ASH promotes hope and wellness for our patients and creates opportunities to participate in planning, delivering and evaluating services that assist with recovery. Treatment is individualized with goals that focus on education about an illness, instilling hope and improving one's overall quality of life. The Arizona State Hospital has a wide range of positions available, from our direct care staff, Nurses and Behavioral Health Technicians to Social Workers, Rehabilitation Specialist and Security to name a few. The Arizona State Hospital also offers 12 hour shifts for our Direct Care staff as well as some alternative work schedules, flexible hours for non-direct care staff. We offer a robust benefit package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Program where eligible employees can receive up to $437.50 per month for their outstanding student loans. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.

Recreational Therapist 3 - Lead

Arizona State Hospital

Job Location:

Address:  501 N. 24th Street Phoenix, AZ 85008

Posting Details:

Salary: $25.6478 / hourly 

Grade: 18

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

This position is eligible for a $5,000 hiring incentive.

The Recreational Therapist 3 is involved in planning, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating therapy programs for assigned work unit consisting of one or more special population groups which may involve supervising professional and/or paraprofessional staff. This position also provides direct therapy and/or instructing others in techniques of treatment and activities of continued care, performs public awareness and informational activities, maintains records, and prepares reports.

Job Duties:

• Planning, organizing and implementing recreational rehabilitation therapy treatment services both on and off-campus (as appropriate)
• Conducting individual and group therapeutic treatment modalities, including escorting patients to and from therapy sessions in addition to being certified as a 12- passenger van driver
• Evaluates patients and completes recreational therapy assessments on a referral basis.
• Documents treatment plans, progress notes, and discharge summaries in patient records as needed.
• Attends and reports on patient progress in the interdisciplinary treatment planning and review conferences
• Consults with interdisciplinary team members, as appropriate regarding individual patient care.
• Collaborates/provides partnership with community agency caregivers (as defined) and represents the Hospital in a positive and professional manner.
• Monitors patients' educational and community agency participation progress in collaboration without community agency providers.
• Submits written and verbal reports as defined which may include formal employee evaluation, training and personnel documentation.
• Participates in special projects and hospital wide committee membership.
• Maintains office equipment, facility environment in a clean, safe and orderly manner.
• Perform oversight & team lead special projects within the rehabilitation therapy department. Will supervise subordinate level professional and para-professional rehabilitation therapy staff members.
• Other duties as assigned as related to the position

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Principles, practices, and techniques of specific rehabilitation therapy profession as well as scope and defined practice principles of credentialed discipline
• Mental health principles and techniques involved in the treatment of mental health patients
• Therapeutic practices and techniques of group and individual activities used in therapy
• Principles, practices, techniques, and code of ethics of the professional certification/license/registration of their individual discipline
• Policies and procedures for the Hospital and practice protocols for the Rehabilitation Therapy Department, van safety, safe food handling practices, principles of professional assault, and recovery concepts; process and communication philosophy principles and practices
• Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Lean methodologies
• Applying therapeutic techniques including assessment of functional skills, developing treatment goals with the patient based on their strengths and needs, i.e., social, emotional, cognitive, physical and vocational
• Establishing therapeutic relationships and motivating patients
• Therapeutic activity design, planning, implementation and evaluation
• Oral and written communication and documentation of progress notes in health records
• Process and communication philosophy principles and procedures.
• Assess patient's needs as well as develop treatment plans and goals
• Plan, carry out, and evaluate treatment programs
• Write patient's progress towards goals and objectives
• Interpret and apply hospital rules, regulations, policies and procedures and protocols
• Establish positive therapeutic relationships with patients
• Implement and serve as lead to patient work activities
• Establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with all hospital personnel
• Develop effective patient treatment modalities
• Implement recover concepts, process and communication philosophy principles and practices
• Drive up to a 12-passenger van
• Required to perform work at/attend meetings at alternate locations and/or travel when necessary.
• Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination

Selective Preference(s):

The ideal candidate will have:
• Bachelor's degree and required certification with 2 years of healthcare experience.
• Preference will be given to a candidate that is a certified lifeguard.
• Master's degree will substitute for 1 year of experience along with the required certification.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Requires certification as a Recreational Therapist by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation (NCTRC) or be sit eligible to take the certification exam with the goal of becoming a Certified Recreational Therapist (CTRS) within 6 months after hire or specific Health related field credential. (Music Therapist - Board Certified, MT-BC; Art Therapist Registered, ATR; Occupational Therapist, OTR/L; Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L) along with a Bachelor's degree. Note, and Art Therapist Registered requires a Master's Degree
• Must be able to obtain and maintain CPR and NVCI certification
• A State Hospital employee must be able to obtain a valid Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1758.07.

Driving is required for State Business.

• Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will make a contribution to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27 week wait period for contributions to begin.

Contact Us:

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 220-6462. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.