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Behavioral Health Activity Coordinator

Washington, DC
POSITION SUMMARY:
 
The Activity Coordinator conducts patient activities and client contact to reinforce cognitive stimulation to encourage socialization and to promote self-initiative. They will help plan and maintain activities for adults to reflect seasons/program themes to help maintain client satisfaction and support treatment. They will provide therapeutic activity programs that are suited to patients and/or residents’ needs, abilities and interests.
 
REPORTING SUMMARY:
 
This position will not have any direct reports.
 
NATURE AND SCOPE:
 
Provides and assures therapeutic and recreational activities for small and large groups based on participants’ level of function. Educates patients about the value of engaging in recreational or enjoyable activities so the patients can and will engage after hospital discharge.
 
Interacts internally with patients, staff, and physicians. Interacts externally with (e.g., community leaders, vendors, professional associations). Interacts with internal and external physicians and community agencies. Internal contacts are departmental and interdepartmental.

 
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
 
  • Develop and implement therapeutic and recreational activities for small and large groups based on participant’s level of functioning. Planning for thematic decoration and special events.
  • Plan a daily schedule of physical, social and recreational activities according to client’s abilities.
  • Develop and maintain a library of structured tasks for client use.
  • Order and maintain activity program supplies according to budget
  • Work with the team to promote a positive, calm, joyful environment throughout the Behavioral Unit.
  • Assess participants’ needs for therapeutic social and recreational activities.
  • Document client participation and behavior based on each client’s individualized care plan.
  • Involves patients/residents and family members in planning activity programs when possible.
  • Participates in the interdisciplinary care plan meetings as scheduled.
  • Participates in departmental meetings.
  • Develops, implements and maintains ongoing performance improvement activities.
  • 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 form, 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.
  • 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.
 
ORGANIZATIONAL EXPECTATIONS:
 
  • Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics, the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • 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.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
 
 
 
 
 
CARES CRITERIA:
 
  • The employee must demonstrate collaboration, accountability, respect, excellence, and service.
  • The employee must work with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors.
  • The employee must accept responsibility for their 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 University Hospital values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.
  • The employee must embrace diversity and care holistically for those Howard University Hospital serves. They must treat all as they would like to be treated. They must manage the patient’s right to privacy and keep any proprietary information about the institution confidential.
  • The employee must anticipates the needs of the patient and/or student. They must present themselves as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our patrons.
  • The employee must behave in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all individuals they encounter.
 
 
CORE COMPETENCIES:
 
  • 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 non-professional 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.
  • 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.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
 
  • High School Diploma or GED required; Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required in Occupational Therapy or other related field preferred.
  • Completed Certification Course for Certified Activities Coordinator or equivalent.
  • 2+ years of professional experience in an activity/recreational program in healthcare setting required.
  • Experience in mental health setting.
  • Must have current BLS certification
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
 
  • Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (up to 50lbs), bend, write, type, file, speak, hear, see, calculate, compare, edit, evaluate, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.
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