Behavioral Health Activity Coordinator

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 08-21-2018
Provide therapeutic activity programs that are suited to patients'/residents' needs, abilities and interests.
This position does not have direct reports.
Interacts with internal and external physicians and community agencies. Contacts are departmental and interdepartmental.

Provides a variety of activities inside and outside the facility m individual or group settings for ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients/residents.
Involves patients/residents and family members in planning activity programs when possible.
Develops and maintains activity schedules and monthly activity calendar.
Coordinates activities with other departments as necessary.
Provides therapeutic activities and spiritual activities, structured and unstructured, that are meaningful and enjoyable.
Participates in community planning activities related to the interests and needs of the patients/residents, families and facility.
Completes the "Activity Section" of the Minimum Data Set (MDS). Develops and implements care plans based on assessments.
Participates in the development and updating of policies and procedures relevant to therapeutic activities.
Participates in the interdisciplinary care plan meetings as scheduled.
Participates in departmental meetings.
Assesses patients' /residents' activity needs and documents them on initial assessment form.
Participates in surveys by authorized government agencies.
Develops implements and maintains ongoing quality assurance programs.
Provides written and/or oral reports of the programs and activities as required.
Assists patients/residents and families in communicating care issues to appropriate personnel.
Adheres to administrative requirements such as completing necessary forms, reports, etc. and submits to the Administrator as required.
Maintains a productive working relationship with physicians, nursing staff and other health care providers.
Completes hospital-based continuing education requirements.
Completes annual requirements as set forth by Employee Health.
Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.

Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.
Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.
Accepts responsibility for his/her actions to provide health care and or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner.  The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.
Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patient’s right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.
Anticipates the patient’s and student’s needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.
Behaves in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all they encounter; treats patients, students and visitors in the same way that they would want their family members or themselves to be treated.
Ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such actions.
Patient and tactful in dealing with the patients/residents, family members, physicians, nursing staff and other health care providers.
Ability to lead the activities program for the unit and work harmoniously with professional and non­professional personnel.
Ability to work with minimal supervision.
Must have flexibility to work effectively with patients/residents and other health care providers.
Competence in both oral and written English.
Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy or other related field.
Licensed by the District of Columbia as a recreation therapist.
Minimum of two (2) years of professional experience in an activity/recreational program in a healthcare setting required. Experience in long-term care preferred.
Must have current BLS certification.
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift, bend, write, type, file, speak, hear, see, calculate, compare, edit, evaluate, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.
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