The Behavioral Health Division (BHD) in Milwaukee County provides care and treatment to adults, children, and adolescents with mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual disabilities through both County operated programs and contracts with community agencies. Services include intensive short-term treatment through our crisis services and inpatient services, as well as a full array of supportive community services for persons with serious mental illness and substance use disorders.
The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division currently has one opening for an Occupational Therapist who can work evenings, weekend, and float hours. Under the direction of the Chief Nursing Officer, this position will function as an Occupational Therapist providing assessment, planning, treatment, and documentation to patients with mental illness. The Occupational Therapist will be a member of the Rehab Services Department by providing program coverage as needed, assisting in program evaluation and program development. This position will interface with external providers in arranging PT/OT/Speech consultations for physical needs of BHD patients.
Assess patients. Assess mental health treatment needs and screen physical functional needs for patients with mental illness. Develop a daily schedule for patients; plan OT interventions for groups and individual contacts; identify need for and implement specialty assessments (KELS, ACT, etc.).
Facilitate treatment Groups. Implement Occupational Therapy groups and individuals which address the treatment need for patients with mental illness. Communicate clearly with patients by using therapeutic techniques to promote progress towards treatment objectives.
Documentation. Enter clinical information in the electronic medical record (EMR), including assessments, Recovery Plan problems, objectives and methods, progress notes, group attendance forms, conference notes, and additional documentation when needed.
Recovery Plan Coordination. When assigned, review/maintain the Recovery Plan document; facilitate review of the recovery plan with patient, collaterals, and the Interdisciplinary Team; document conference proceedings; provide patients with contact for their plan; make and review copy with patient.
Supervision. Provide training to OT students through modeling, processing, monitoring student work, providing feedback regarding patient interactions, documentation, and clinical judgement. Prepare evaluations as required and communicate with academic fieldwork coordinators.
Identify and facilitate referrals. Review results of functional screen and discuss patient needs with doctor/team; initiate referral process for consultation with Physical Rehab Consultative Services.
Contribute to program development. Under direction, assist in evaluation of program quality and needs. Identify options for treatment delivery and contribute to the documentation of group protocols.
Order and maintain OT supplies and equipment. Inventory and organize supplies and forms; prepared orders for approval; monitor the functioning of equipment and report need for physical maintenance if necessary.
Participate in Hospital Safety Protocols. Facilitate hospital safety by participating in the resolution of patient and environmental crises. Attend conflict training; maintain CPR certification; assist with medical emergencies when needed; participate in safety drills and compliance with state/federal regulations.
Comply with hospital policy and procedures. Attend educational interviews; review materials and apply knowledge to comply with BHD P&P, Program, Health and Human Resources requirements (TB Test, Influenza vaccine, Caregiver background checks, etc.).
Perform all other duties as required.
Bachelor's Degree (if conferred prior 2000) or a Master’s Degree (if conferred after 2000) in Occupational Therapy from an accredited College or University is required.
Licensed as an Occupational Therapist by the state of Wisconsin
Up to three years of experience as an Occupational Therapist in a mental health facility, hospital, or rehabilitation facility is highly desirable
Experience working with multi-disciplinary teams is preferred
Knowledge of and experience using an Electronic Health Record (EHR)
Intermediate experience with software applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge, skill and ability in assessment, per standard OT practice and program expectations. Knowledge, skill and ability in creating and documenting treatment planning through the Recovery Plan. Knowledge, skill, and ability in implementing treatment, evaluating client response, and documenting observations, evaluations and plans using program documentation materials. Knowledge of group content and goals, and skill and ability to use variety of media, resources in order to cover the treatment and assessment needs of clients in the absence of other staff. Ability to manage time to meet the productivity standards set by the program. Ability to use facility forms to document client assessment, observation, evaluation and plan. Ability to synthesize and articulate information to other professionals, accreditation agencies and payer sources. Ability to complete service activity logs to document services provided. Ability to complete evaluations and communicate information about assigned students to their academic advisor. Organizational and communication skills to schedule Recovery Plan Conferences for clients, Ability to work harmoniously with other employees and the general public. Intermediate knowledge of all computer related and software application such as Microsoft Word and Excel; ability to lift, carry, push and pull up to 25lbs on a regular basis.
Milwaukee County offers competitive benefit package including group life, health, and dental insurance; includes major medical coverage for employees and dependents; deferred compensation and contributory pension plan, pre-tax health care and dependent care flexible spending programs. Additionally, the federal government offers a loan forgiveness program for employees that serve in the public sector.
Milwaukee County is an Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability genetic information or protected veteran status. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing, background checks and pre-employment physicals subject to job requirements.