OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST II State of Colorado Job Opportunities State of Colorado Job Opportunities 402 reviews

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This position is open only to Colorado state residents

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In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:
  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan www.copera.org plus 401(k) and 457 plans
  • Medical and dental health plans
  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
  • BenefitHub state employee discount program
  • CafeWell employee wellness program
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more
  • Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more

information, go to https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dhr/student-loan-forgiveness-programs

Our Culture & Environment

We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.

Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP)

As a cornerstone of the Pueblo community for over a century, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo is a leading employer, provider of quality mental health services, and a community partner.
Description of Job

Colorado Mental Health Institute – Pueblo provides comprehensive psychiatric and medical evaluation and treatment by a multi-disciplinary treatment team. This includes: 24 hour nursing care and assessment; psychiatric intervention and evaluation; psychological services; psycho-social services; occupational therapy, educational and vocational rehabilitation services and recreational therapy. Patients are admitted from throughout the state from correctional, state mental health systems, and other community facilities for long and short term treatment under court authority, as well as transfers from within CMHIP. Legal statuses of patients include 27-65 Civil commitments (M-1, M-3, Short and Long Term certifications); Dual Diagnosed (Substance Abuse and Mentally Ill); Developmental Disability/Mentally Ill; Incompetent to Proceed (ITP); Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity or Impaired Mental Condition (NGRI or NGR-IMC); court ordered evaluations for Sanity, Sex Offender issues, Competency; and Correctional transfers from Department of Corrections. CMHIP provides psychiatric services for adolescent and adult patients.

This position provides fully operational Occupational Therapy services including evaluation and individual/group treatment. The Ooccupational Therapist (OT) supports the goals of the Occupation Therapy department in alignment with the mission and vision of CMHIP.

The Occupational Therapist (OT) advises for placement and discharge based on evaluation and outcome of treatment and supervises treatment to elicit highest level of functioning while insuring safety. The OT provides clinical supervision of Occupational Therapy treatment services to include the Occupational Therapy Assistants. The purpose of these occupations is to provide therapy to restore physical and mental life functions.

Job Duties:

  • The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the completion of the initial occupational therapy assessments for patients' hospital wide. Plans and implements Occupational therapy treatment, which is carried out by the occupational therapy team. Must be able to write and speak effectively documenting findings and maintain accurate records. Completes monthly reassessments updating the progress and Occupational therapy portion of the plan of care. Completes all discharge assessments when client no longer receives direct Occupational therapy treatment. Provides direct patient care in groups or individualized treatment sessions. Interacts with patients, some of whom are considered highly dangerous. Takes patients from a secured area to less secure area for treatment, which may involve physical control. Maintains security and teaches safety and emergency procedures within the Occupational Therapy clinic. Must have the ability to comprehend, teach and execute Occupational therapy programs to patients, staff and family members.
  • The OT must document the initial occupational therapy assessment and provide the occupational therapy plan of care to the treatment team and the Occupational Therapy Assistants. Addresses OT orders in BHER. Per hospital guidelines, the OT also documents the patients' progress and any necessary changes in the plan of care. Provides the treating Occupational Therapy Assistants and treatment team any changes made. Responsible for any weekly documentation for patients she/he provides treatment to, as per plan of care. Responsible for appropriate billing for any services provided by the OT.
  • This position provides clinical supervision of Occupational Therapy Assistants who must be supervised by an OT under Colorado law. The OT supervises clinical tasks including review of programming, treatment provided, documentation and billing practices completed by the Occupational Therapy Assistants.
  • Reviews programs; prepares educational material to enhance the OT and team programs. Participate in supervisory meetings with OT department director including the roll of liaison between director and those the position clinically supervises.
  • Responsible for provision and overseeing supplies and equipment for the delivery of OT services and activities provided by the Occupational therapy assigned area. This may include teaching materials, crafts, food, money management and other daily living skills. This may include purchasing materials, reading materials for use, maintaining supply inventory, and inventory for MSDS and sharps/counted supplies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

Current, valid licensure with Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to practice Occupational Therapy.


One year of Occupational Therapy experience in an occupational field related to the work assigned to the position.

Substitutions: None

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Occutpational Therapy
  • Current NBCOT certification
  • Current membership with AOTA

Conditions of Employment:

  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process as this position is deemed to have direct contact with vulnerable persons. Felony convictions, conviction of crimes of moral turpitude, or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the CDHS Background Unit with an official disposition of any charges. Additionally, you will be required take and pass a drug screen.
  • Must take Tuberculosis (TB) test
  • Travel Requirement: This position requires in-state travel; therefore a valid State of Colorado Driver's License is required.
  • Current and valid occupational therapy (OT) license through the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).
  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

Appeal Rights:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process


Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume to their application.

Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Comparative Analysis Process
The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review, and a structured interview depending on the number of qualified applicants.

For Recruiting questions, please contact [email protected]

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.

Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

ADAAA Accommodations:

CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at [email protected] or call 1-800-929-0791.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.


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