AE - Occupational Therapist
Company: The Resource Center
Posted on: June 12, 2021
The Arc Erie County New York has been supporting children and
adults with disabilities, and their families in achieving their
desired quality of life by creating opportunities through
comprehensive services for over 65 years.
To provide Occupational Therapy services, within the parameters
of the NY State Office of the Professions, to the people we support
by evaluating, clinically assessing, treating, consulting with
other professionals and/or supports, and completing the necessary
paperwork in keeping with requirements of the Occupational Therapy
Practice Act, New York State Office of the Professions, Policies
and Procedures of the agency, the Office for People With
Developmental Disabilities OPWDD, Medicaid, Medicare, insurance
companies, municipalities, Department of Health, school districts,
and other regulating bodies as necessary.
The Occupational Therapist should advocate and work toward
assisting the people we support, through person centered planning
by facilitating the plans, goals, and positive supports necessary
to assist the person in progressing towards the person's desired
Receives direct supervision from the Coordinator of Physical and
Occupational Therapy, Associate Director of Related Services and/or
Associate Director of Clinical Services. Provides guidance and
instruction to support staff and volunteers regarding Occupational
Therapy techniques and/or equipment. Provides supervision and
guidance to fieldwork students/interns and/or Occupational
Therapists with Limited Permits and/or Occupational Therapy
Assistants as assigned.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- Screens and evaluates people in terms of motor skills, motor
planning, sensory processing, activities of daily living (ADLs),
impact and of environment on a person, adaptation of tasks as
appropriate, and functional activities as related to the scope of
practice for occupational therapy.
- Follows agency procedures for obtaining, maintaining, and
renewing prescriptions for Occupational therapy services as
- Develop functional age-appropriate goals and
outcomes/objectives for incorporation into the person's plan (IEP,
ITP, etc.) to meet the unique occupational therapy related needs of
the people we support.
- Implement treatment by administering and/or supervising therapy
procedures involving selected activities, treatment, and
therapeutic/adaptive equipment as needed, to fulfill specific,
person centered, goals and objectives.
- Completes the necessary documentation such as; assessments,
evaluations, screening, plans (IEPs, ITPs, etc.), progress notes
related to person specific progress on designated goals, session
documentation, and equipment protocols, and letters of medical
necessity for therapeutic equipment as necessary.
- Trains staff/caregivers to carry out occupational therapy
programs (sensory diets, environmental adaptations, feeding
programs etc.) related activities to further benefit the person for
maximum carry over.
- Serves as a consultant to staff and team members addressing
questions relating to motor development and adaptive equipment, as
- Maintains accurate, truthful, and complete records as required
by laws and agency policy including, but not limited to the New
York State Education Department (SED), The Occupational Therapy
Practice Act, New York State Office of the Professions, the Office
for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Medicaid,
Medicare, insurance companies, municipalities, Department of
Health, school districts, and other regulating bodies as
- Prepares and maintains work setting, equipment, and supplies in
accordance with health and safety requirements and agency
- Plans and maintains a schedule for therapy according to
- Keeps current within the scope of practice of Occupational
Therapy including, but not limited to; being informed of the
current educational and therapeutic trends in this practice area as
well as with current research in proven appropriate methods and
- Attends and participates in conferences, treatment team
meetings, and other meetings as needed.
- Immediately reports, all accidents or incidents of staff, or
the people we support, and complete required documentation as
directed by the agency's policies and procedures.
- Provides supervisory oversight for an Occupational Therapist
who may be on a limited permit or an Occupational Therapy Assistant
in accordance with the regulations of the New York State Office of
- Maintains and protects confidential or other sensitive
information such as Personal Health Information (PHI) and
Personally Identifiable Information as defined in the agency's
policies and procedures.
- Maintains the necessary credentials (valid License to practice)
from the New York State Office of Professions and other
credentialing bodies (NPI enumeration, Medicaid provider number,
etc.) as necessary.
- Will work at various sites throughout the agency depending on
- Performs other related duties as required by supervisor.
Qualifications and Education Requirements:
Successful completion of an Occupational Therapist program
recognized by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy
Education (ACOTE) PLUS current licensure within NY state.
Essential Job Functions:
- Physical demands and Exposure Risk outlined on attached form
- Mental Requirements:
- The ability to read, write legibly, write with proper grammar,
analyze, memorize, process information, be
perceptive/comprehensive, show good judgment, take initiative, have
good math skills, demonstrate decision making skills, plan and
prioritize to meet deadlines, as well as follow both written and
oral directions. Adhere to and administer agency's policies,
procedures, rules and regulations. The willingness to accept and
perform duties and responsibilities not ordinarily associated with
the position in cases of emergency or when unusual/unpredictable
- Human Relations Skills:
The ability to professionally communicate and interact with
people in a positive manner, demonstrate the ability to be a
leader, and serve as an appropriate role model to staff members.
The ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with
others. Receive supervision and instruction in a positive manner.
The ability to demonstrate sensitivity and concern for the
confidentiality, welfare, and rights of the people we support and
their families while exhibiting the characteristics of
understanding, patience, and tact. Maintain a professional attitude
and appearance at all times.
The ability to safely utilize/operate typical household
appliances, cleaners, and chemicals. The ability to operate office
equipment, such as, but not limited to, computer, copier/printer,
phone, fax machine, etc. The ability to maintain and adjust
therapeutic equipment as needed.
- All staff members will assure and demonstrate the promotion of
fundamental rights and protections for the people that we support.
These include practices that treat people with dignity and respect
at all times, ensure safety, best possible health/well-being and
provide the person with continuity and personal security through
the use of natural supports, positive relationships and
opportunities for integration in the community. Staff members
should also advocate and work toward assisting the people we
support through person-centered planning to achieve the personal
outcome goals that they have chosen by facilitating the plans and
positive supports necessary to assist the person in progressing
toward each outcome.
- Demonstrates the agency values of integrity, respect,
responsibility, trust, teamwork, positive attitude, learning and
honesty in working with students (persons), families, colleagues
and members of our community.
- Good attendance is vital for the efficient and effective
operation of quality programming and is an essential job function
of this position.
- In the event of a weather, health or other emergency, staff may
be REDEPLOYED as needed to provide necessary staffing coverage.
This may include a redeployment/temporary reassignment to another
physical location or line of business, i.e. Clinicians may be
redeployed to temporarily work in an IRA, a school location or Day
Hab site. This may be a remote or in person assignment and will be
determined based on the needs of the individuals we serve.
This position is EXEMPT from the overtime requirements of the
Fair Labor Standard Act.
The Arc Erie County New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer and strong advocate of workforce diversity.
- Job Family Arc Erie
- Pay Type Salary
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