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THERAPY TECHNICIAN 2

  • 505513
  • PHOENIX
  • DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES
  • Full-time

DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES

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 Pilot 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.

THERAPY TECHNICIAN 2

Arizona State Hospital

Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary: $16.1481 

Grade: 15

Job Summary:

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


This position may be eligible to receive a temporary stipend of 10% in addition to base pay beginning in December 2021. If eligible, the temporary stipend amount will be calculated using the employee's base rate of pay and will be reflected in each paycheck. It is anticipated that this temporary stipend will be available through June 30, 2022.

 

The Therapy Tech 2 works under general supervision of a certified/registered therapist and is responsible for a variety of activities. Duties involved include being an active participant with therapeutic treatment teams, assists in planning and carrying out rehabilitative treatment programs for the mentally ill, assist with and/or conducts therapy sessions with patients in accordance with individual treatment plans with specific methodologies and techniques, observes and records an individual's response to therapy and alters approach to activities of individuals to better reach the goals as determined, assists in the design and construction of adaptive, assistive, and supportive equipment for use of patients to improve motor functioning, strengthen and support muscles, and/or prevent malfunction or deformity, interact personally on a face-to-face basis with patients in a helping role in accordance with goals and objectives of a therapeutic program, instructs patients in special exercises to improve patient's dexterity, balance, concentration, or other significant physical or mental capability, confers with other members of the treatment or therapy team in discussion and planning- determining courses of action in client care, treatment, or case determination, participates in establishing and maintaining a safe, orderly, and therapeutic environment, escorts patients to and from care units, prepares materials and equipment for therapeutic activities, consults with supervisor presenting and resolving difficult problems or questions, discussing plans and actions to be taken; applies physical, leather, and metal restraints, as necessary; confers with other practitioners and technical experts in own field of specialization in order to broaden knowledge, acquire specific information and/or obtain advice or consultation, participates in in-service training and staff development programs for regularly employed staff, and perform related work as required.

Job Duties:

• Assisting in the planning and carrying out of rehabilitative treatment programs for assigned patients; confers with members of the treatment or therapy team to determine the course of action in patient care and treatment; conducts and supervises patient activities (individual or group) on assigned unit.
• Observing and recording a patient's response to therapy, alters approach or activities when necessary to reach treatment goals and individual need.
• Interacting on a face-to-face basis with patients in supportive/helping role in accordance with goals and objectives of therapeutic program.
• Instructs patients in special exercises to improve patient's dexterity, balance, concentration or other physical or mental capability.
• Participating in establishing and maintaining a safe, orderly, and therapeutic environment; escorts patients to and from care units of the hospital; prepares materials and equipment for assigned/designated treatment plan activities.
• May be required to drive up to a 12-passenger van & complete the hospital van safety training program.
• Other duties as assigned as related to the position.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
• Fundamentals of rehabilitation, therapeutic treatment and application of mental health principles and techniques involved in treatment.
• Therapeutic practices and techniques of group and individual activities used in therapy
• Modification techniques to adapt to individual situations.
• Established hospital policies and procedures and established JACHO individual assessment standards.
• Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Lean methodologies.
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships, i.e., patients, co-workers, and patient's families, etc.
• Interpreting activities and analyzing situations accurately and initiating effective action/measures.
• Motivate patients as deemed appropriate by Individual Treatment Plans.
• Maintain sensitivity, objectivity, and flexibility under pressure associated with mentally/emotionally ill patients.
• Communicate verbally and in writing.
• Interpret therapeutic activities to patients and appropriate others.
• 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):

-  2+ years of healthcare experience preferred

-  Preference given to candidates with a COTA/L certification. 

- Special consideration will be given to a candidate that is a certified lifeguard

Pre-Employment Requirements:

- Must be able to obtain and maintain CPR and NVCI certification.

- High School degree or equivalent 
- Driver’s License

- Must possess a valid level one fingerprint clearance card issues pursuant to A.R.S.41-1758.07 or must apply for a level one fingerprint clearance card within seven working days after beginning employment.

 

This position is subject to the vaccination requirements outlined in CMS Interim Final Rule - Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination (published November 5, 2021) (86 FR 61555).

Benefits:

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

Retirement:

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.

ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)

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.