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Colorado Department of Human Services Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) - Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Fort Logan in Denver County, Colorado

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) - Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Fort Logan

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Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) - Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Fort Logan


$48,276.00 - $67,584.00 Annually


Denver County, CO

Job Type

Full Time

Job Number

IIC 00453 03/27/2023


Colorado Department of Human Services



Opening Date


Closing Date



Determined by Position

Primary Physical Work Address

3520 W. Oxford Ave. Denver CO

FLSA Status

Exempt; position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

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Department Information

This position has a residency waiver and will be accepting applications from residents and non-residents of Colorado. This announcement is open to potential candidates who are legal residents of the United States. All legal residents of the United States are eligible to apply and compete. If appointed to a position, applicants from outside of Colorado will be required to relocate to Colorado prior to their start date, at their own expense.

Please note: This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

About Fort Logan:

Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Fort Logan (CMHHFL) is one of two state hospitals serving our community. The vision of CMHHFL is to provide the highest quality mental health services to persons with complex, serious, and persistent mental health illness within the resources available. Our mission is to support those individuals in achieving their recovery goals and reaching their full potential. CMHHFL provides inpatient treatment to adult patients, generally between the ages of 18-49. The hospital has 94 adult inpatient beds, over four treatment units and opened an additional 44 beds (two units) in December 2022, with one unit currently occupied, the other unit awaiting occupancy. These two forensic units will be dedicated to providing psychiatric stabilization and restoration treatment to individuals opined incompetent to proceed as a result of their mental illness. Medical services, o ccupational therapy, neuropsychological-rehabilitation services, and trauma-informed care services are available for all patients throughout the hospital.

Through our core values, CMHHFL staff is committed to:

  • Individual dignity and respect

  • Person-centered, evidence-based care

  • Trauma informed recovery

  • Multidisciplinary collaboration

  • Diversity and inclusion

  • Strong family and community partnerships

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Description of Job

The positions filled by this recruitment could be staffed within the Civil and/or Forensic treatment units. Additionally, this position is currently expected to work Monday - Friday, though there may be some flexibility required.

Please note: These working arrangements are subject to change.

About this Work Unit:

The CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) position works in the 24-hour State psychiatric hospital with individuals voluntarily and involuntarily committed for treatment. Patients receiving treatment at CMHI-FL have severe and persistent mental illness and may have traumatic brain injury, trauma disorders, and other complex dynamics. Each treatment team is multidisciplinary, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, addiction specialists, occupational therapists, recreation therapists, creative arts therapists, nurses, physicians, and mental health clinicians. In addition, the hospital offers dietary, peer, and chaplain services.

Summary of Duties:

This position exists to provide services as a recreation therapist through recreation therapy assessment and treatment services as a Clinical Therapist II. The CTRS provides therapeutic recreation with required shared programming responsibilities across teams. Direct care services are primarily provided through therapeutic groups, specialized assessments, individual sessions, and community outings when indicated. The therapist applies recreational therapy theories, practices, assessment, and treatment in a multi-disciplinary manner to inform treatment planning and recovery. The therapist documents services, maintains equipment, maintains facilities, budgets supplies, engages in risk management as assigned, engages in formal and informal quality and performance improvement activities, and provides intern supervision when appropriate. In addition, the position assists with recreation therapy based projects and assists with streamlining TR service delivery as a Clinical Therapist II. The position provides services routinely on days, select evenings, and possibly weekends (as deemed necessary).

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Special Qualifications:

Must possess and maintain the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist credential via the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

Please attach your certification the attachments section of your application, if possible.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in recreation therapy or a field that meets academic accreditation requirements for the national certification exam.

One year of experience working in a recreation therapy field, a mental health treatment facility, or providing services to an adult population.


Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional experience in a behavioral health setting

  • Experience working with an adult population of persons with severe persistent mental illness (SPMI)

  • Experience with electronic health record (EHR) documentation

  • Experience working in a locked setting

  • Experience facilitating therapeutic groups

  • Experience with task analysis skills and rapport building

  • Experience with implementing the use of clinical models of practice in treatment

  • Registered Yoga Teacher

  • Other related certifications and/or continued education

Conditions of Employment:

The successful candidate in this position must be willing and available to submit to the following conditions:

  • Full background check.

  • Must possess a current, valid driver's license.

  • Must be 21 years of age or older

  • May be required to transport patients during outings.

  • May be required to work evenings and/or weekends as needed.

  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

    Appeal Rights:

    If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.

    An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (dpa_state.personnelboard@state.co.us), postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgment of the department’s action.

    For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to spb.colorado.gov ; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at spb.colorado.gov under Rules.

Supplemental Information

How to Apply (https://cdhs.colorado.gov/information-for-job-applicants#how-to-apply)

The Assessment Process

For additional recruiting questions, please contact stephanie.karle@state.co.us

About Us:

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs) (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan www.copera.org plus 401(k) and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 11 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • BenefitHub state employee discount program

  • Employee Wellness program MotivateMe

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

  • Remote work arrangements for eligible positions

    *Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more

    information, go to https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dhr/student-loan-forgiveness-programs .

    Our Values:

    We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans .

    Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

    We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

    Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

    We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

    Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

    We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

    ADAA Accommodations: CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at cdhs_ada@state.co.us or call 1-800-929-0791.


    Toll Free Applicant Technical Support (https://cdhs.colorado.gov/information-for-job-applicants#technical-support)

The State of Colorado offers permanent employees a variety of benefits including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, as well as a comprehensive leave program. Please click the following link for detailed information: www.colorado.gov/pacific/dhr/benefits

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This position requires possession and maintenance of the CTRS certification via the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). Please list your certification ID number below and/or attach your certification to your application, if possible.


What frames of reference (FOR) or models of practice have you used in working with the psychiatric population? Which FORs or models would you use with the adult population at Fort Logan?


Please share an example of your professional experience using clinical recreation therapy with the adult behavioral health population. Provide a brief session plan that includes a theory base and interventions with therapeutic recreation; include information that demonstrates your task analysis skills and rapport building techniques.


What are your strengths, skills, or interests that will benefit Therapeutic Recreation integration as a treatment modality within the behavioral health care setting? Beyond the required certification, what additional certifications or continued education do you have that relate to the strengths, skills or interests listed?


Are you willing and able to work with clients in a locked setting who potentially have high risk and/or assaultive behaviors?

  • Yes

  • No


    Are you willing and able to follow prescribed procedures and policies even if they conflict with your personal preference?

  • Yes

  • No


    Have you ever been reported to a board or accreditation agency? If so, what were the circumstances and outcome?


    Have you ever been terminated from any employer? Have you ever been written up and/or counseled for performance issues? If yes to either, please explain?


    Were you referred by a CDHS employee? If so, what is their name?


    If you are a current or former State of Colorado employee, please list your employee number and/or the years that you were employed with the State:


    Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application. In the space below, please provide an explanation as to why the prior termination or resignation should NOT disqualify your application from the current position.


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