Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)




This position reports directly to the Behavioral Health Nurse Manager. Responsible for providing direct clinical services on the Behavioral Health Unit for both adolescents and adults. The incumbent, under the supervision of the Occupational Therapist will be involved in the development and coordination of groups and activities. Accountable for providing individual and group treatment based upon treatment plan and unit needs. In close collaboration with the Occupational Therapist, will ensure that treatment interventions are appropriate, meeting patients individual functional status and up-to-date with current discipline practices. Contributes to creating a caring and compassionate environment through ECHNs core values of respect, teamwork and communication.


  • Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy from a college with an Accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.
  • National Occupational Therapist Assistant Certification and State of Connecticut Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA) license required.


  • Previous Behavioral Health experience working with adolescents, adults, geriatrics and substance abuse population in an acute care setting preferred.


  • Flexibility, creativity, energetic, teamwork and time management skills are required.


Disclaimer: Job descriptions are not intended, nor should they be construed to be, exhaustive lists of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job. They are intended to be accurate reflections of the principal duties and responsibilities of this position. These responsibilities and competencies listed below may change from time to time.

Job-Specific Competency

1. Implements age appropriate, patient specific treatment as evidenced by knowledge of patients clinical issues, level of functioning, review of patients history and treatment plan.

2. Communicates and coordinates patients plan of care as evidenced by feedback from the treatment team and successful patient outcomes.

3. Completes all required documentation in a timely manner in accordance with ECHN Behavioral Health standards, policies and procedures as evidenced by chart review.

4. Participates in supervision with OTR accepting of feedback to enhance roles effectiveness as evidenced by feedback from supervisor.

5. Provides education to inpatient staff as needed regarding interventions to improve patient functioning as evidenced by feedback from team and supervisor observations.

6. Provides input to patient schedules, individualizing treatment for each patient as evidenced by feedback from team.

7. Demonstrates a commitment to professional growth as evidenced by pursuing and attending relevant educational opportunities.

8. Actively participates and collaborates in team meetings, providing pertinent functional clinical information as needed for patient care as evidenced by enhanced patient planning and feedback received from the treatment team.

9. Responds to needs for individualized and comprehensive services as evidenced by providing services individually and/or in a group setting.

10. Increases the visibility of OT services as evidenced by participation in activities that promote recovery through the use of functionally based therapeutic modalities.

11. Demonstrates effective time management skills as evidenced by timely scheduling and completion of groups and required departmental documentation.

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