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Occupational Therapist, Behavioral Health (Non-Exempt, Contracted)

Occupational Therapist, Behavioral Health (Non-Exempt, Contracted)

Requisition Number 
Posted Date 
Rehabilitation Therapy
Employee Type 
Hours Per Pay Period 
Work Hours 
10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Weekends and/or Holidays Required 
On Call Required 
Position Location 

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Samaritas, one of the state’s largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.


Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.


We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.


Job Summary


Evaluates and makes recommendations for children ages 0-17 for Occupational Therapy needs as part of a Comprehensive Transdisciplinary Trauma Assessment.


Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Performs the Occupational Therapy evaluation using diagnostic measures that assess development and sensory needs for children age 0-18 years of age.
  2. Develops a problem list based on evaluative findings and establish recommendations for follow up treatment.
  3. Provides both a written and oral report of evaluative findings in conjunction with the Transdisciplinary Trauma Assessment Team.
  4. Participates in Clinical Assessments, post meeting discussion of findings, and report development with Clinical Team.
  5. Maintains case record documentation for funding and regulatory bodies.
  6. Prepares timely reports as needed for referral sources and participants, as outlined by contract and program.
  7. Provides appropriate recommendations for services, as identified within the evaluation process.


Job Qualifications


Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

  • Graduate of an Accredited Occupational Therapy Educational Program.
  • Licensed to Practice Occupational Therapy by the State of Michigan.



  • One year of Pediatric Experience in Occupational Therapy preferred.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, and treatment recommendations for Pediatric Occupational Therapy needs.
  • Ability to display compassion and sensitivity with vulnerable children who have experienced trauma.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to read, speak and write English using proper grammar, diction and style.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals with varying levels of cognitive and physical impairments.
  • Ability and willingness to relate, engage and work constructively with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Working knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Office – Word, Outlook, Excel, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) programs.


Additional Work Requirements

  • Ability to travel to and provide Occupation Therapy evaluations in the community, family’s home, and other offices within the organization, as appropriate.
  • Reliable ongoing personal transportation, suitable for person’s being served required. Valid unrestricted driver’s license, good driving record, and valid auto insurance.
  • Ability to be available on an on-call basis to provide Occupational Therapy Evaluations, as needed.


Physical and Mental Requirements

  • Activities that require considerable use of hands, fingers, arms and legs and moving entire body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Near visual acuity.
  • Ability to safely lift and transfer patients weighing greater than 100 pounds with maximal assist.