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CCS Supervising Therapist

Salary: $33.14-$40.46 hourly / $5,764-$7,037 monthly / Range: 6352

DEFINITION: Under general direction, supervises the medical therapy services in one or more California Children Services (CCS) Medical Therapy Units; provides physical or occupational therapy evaluation and treatment services to children with physical disabilities; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Positions in this class are responsible for the day-to-day supervision of one or more Medical Therapy Units, in addition to performing journey-level physical or occupational therapy. This position is distinguished from CCS Therapy Coordinator in that the Coordinator is responsible for the overall administration of the California Children Services Medical Therapy Program.


1. Directly or through subordinates: evaluates functional capabilities of infants, children, and adolescents with physical disabilities using appropriate assessment tools; prepares written documentation of evaluation results; establishes physical or occupational therapy treatment goals and plans of service; submits written goals and plans of service to CCS paneled physician for approval and prescription for treatment; selects physical or occupational therapy treatment techniques; administers physical or occupational therapy to patients; directs treatment services provided by paraprofessional staff and interns; constructs and/or recommends the purchase of adaptive equipment or splints; instructs patients, parents, caregivers and educational providers on proper handling techniques and use of medical equipment to reinforce therapy treatment goals; provides professional consultations; prepares medical chart notes documenting services provided and patient response; and completes written Patient Treatment Records for statistical and medical billing purposes.
2. Establishes work schedules, assigns patient caseloads, and reviews the daily work of professional, paraprofessional, and clerical staff at assigned Medical Therapy Units (MTU) to ensure that services provided meet County, CCS, and State Department of Health program standards and to ensure that required medical and caseload records are accurately maintained.
3. Develops and coordinates clinical in-service training plans for new employees, staff, and interns in conjunction with CCS Therapy Coordinator; ensures that services provided by interns and regular staff meet County, CCS, and State Department of Health clinical competency standards; identifies continuing educational needs and training objectives for staff using program standards, clinical observation, and staff survey information; and arranges educational opportunities to meet staff training needs.
4. Coordinates scheduled specialty clinics at assigned MTU with staff; identifies children to be seen at clinics; delegates clinic tasks to staff; ensures that medical and treatment records, including occupational and physical therapy reports, are current and accessible to clinic doctors; and follows up with CCS Caseworkers regarding prescribed treatment or services.
5. Interviews, makes hiring recommendations, and trains staff; assigns work; counsels staff, evaluates performance, and recommends disciplinary action.
6. Interprets and explains CCS policies and procedures to patients, their families, Medical Therapy Unit staff, school personnel, community service agencies, and the public; and assists Coordinator in developing outreach materials and activities to inform local physicians, service agencies, and the public of CCS services and how to access those services.
7. Identifies space, equipment, and supply requirements for assigned Medical Therapy Units(s); and acts as liaison with Medical Therapy Unit host school principal regarding shared facilities, equipment, and other provisions identified in the interagency agreements.
8. Provides input to CCS Therapy Coordinator regarding program procedures, development, staffing needs, and budget requirements for assigned Medical Therapy Unit(s); and participates in CCS Therapy division meetings to ensure service, standards, and procedures are consistent among all Medical Therapy Units.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of, or eligibility to apply for, a valid Certificate of Licensure as a Physical Therapist issued by the State of California; or possession of, or eligibility to apply for, a valid Certificate of Registration as an Occupational Therapist with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and:

1. Two years of experience as an occupational or physical therapist, including: (1) one year of experience working with children with physical disabilities, and (2) some leadworker experience, such as assigning and reviewing work of staff; or,
2. one year experience performing duties equivalent to the class of CCS Occupational/Physical Therapist II with Santa Barbara County, including some leadworker experience, such as assigning and reviewing work of staff; or,
3. a combination of training, education and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License. Independent travel will be required.

Knowledge of: concepts and scope of physical or occupational therapy; principles and practices of pediatric physical or occupational therapy services; normal and abnormal growth and development of children; human anatomy and physiology, including all systems of the body with emphasis on musculoskeletal and nervous systems; pathophysiological conditions resulting from injury and disease; psychosocial reactions to illness and disease; special medical problems of high-risk infants; standard physical or occupational therapy assessment tools and tests; self-care and daily living skills needed by patients for maximum independent living; application and use of specialized physical or occupational therapy treatment techniques and equipment; standard physical or occupational therapy documentation format and requirements; durable medical equipment, adaptive aids, and orthopedic devices used in pediatric rehabilitation treatment; professional ethics and conduct; and medical-legal aspects of physical or occupational therapy services.

Ability to: learn the concepts, scope, and principles of physical or occupational therapy; evaluate the functional capabilities of children with a variety of disabling conditions; interpret assessment results; develop treatment plans; provide physical or occupational therapy treatment and consultation services; construct splints or adaptive equipment; teach the use of orthopedic devices and adaptive equipment; explain treatment techniques, equipment, and programs to persons with varying degrees of technical understanding; establish and maintain effective working relationships with children, their families, care givers, and other medical and educational staff; work as part of interdisciplinary team; provide professional guidance and instruction to others; act effectively in medical emergencies; plan, organize, direct, and evaluate work of staff; develop and evaluate staff training programs; read and interpret CCS guidelines; collect and analyze data, draw conclusions, and make recommendations; keep accurate records; and use clear and concise language in written and oral communications.

Desirable Qualifications:

Knowledge of: concepts, scope, principles, and practices of physical and occupational therapy; principles and practices of supervision, including staff evaluation; CCS program guidelines and standards; community resources for children with special health care needs; word-processing and database programs; and subjective/objective/assessment/plan (SOAP) documentation format.

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