Activity Therapist

Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Georgia Department of - DBHDD

Our Agency

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is the state agency that focuses solely on policies, programs, and services for people with mental health challenges, substance use disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, or any combination of these. As Georgia’s public safety net, DBHDD operates six field offices and five hospitals throughout the state within three program areas: behavioral health, developmental disabilities and hospital services.

Georgia Regional Hospital at Savannah (GRHS) is a state-funded multi-service facility operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. The hospital provides quality care to mentally ill adults and individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities from its 34-county catchment area in Southeast Georgia. GRHS opened in December of 1970 with a design to decentralize mental health services in the state and treat people nearer to their homes and families. The hospital provides evaluation and treatment to clients needing care. The hospital’s admitting office is a psychiatric emergency receiving facility open 24 hours a day.

GRHS is seeking candidates for the position of Activity Therapist.


Job Description

Plan, direct, or coordinate therapeutic recreation programs. Interventions include exercise, recreation, gardening, dramatics, music, social activities, and expressive arts. Conducts assessment of an individual’s condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts therapy sessions to improve an individual’s mental, physical, cognitive, and social well-being.
  • Confers with members of the treatment team to plan and evaluate therapy programs.
  • Develops a treatment plan to meet the needs of individuals, based on needs assessment, individual’s interests, and objectives of therapy.
  • Encourages individuals with limitations to acquire new skills and get involved in health-promoting life skills and leisure activities, such as sports, games, music, arts and crafts, and gardening. Instructs individuals in activities and techniques, such as sports, gardening, dance, music, art or relaxation techniques, designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.
  • Observes, analyzes, and records individual’s participation, reactions, and progress during treatment sessions, modifying treatment programs as needed.
  • Obtains information from medical records, medical staff, family members, and the individuals themselves to assess an individual’s capabilities, needs, and interests.
  • Plans, organizes, directs, and participates in treatment programs and activities to facilitate an individual’s rehabilitation, help them integrate into the community, and prevent further medical problems.
  • Prepares and submits reports and charts to the treatment team to reflect an individual’s reactions and evidence of progress or regression.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, demonstrate some or all the following skills/experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, psychology, or sociology. Must have One year of related experience. Preferred at least Two years’ experience working in a Mental Health hospital setting. Preferred Certification in Therapeutic Recreation.


In addition to a competitive salary & benefits, GA Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is part of a statewide initiative called Total Rewards that seeks to attract and retain employees by supplementing their base pay and benefits with programs designed to improve the quality of their work environment and lead to greater job satisfaction and work/life balance. Eligible employees are offered generous benefits, including health and dental insurance; retirement and savings plan options; and paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. For more information, visit

Employment Requirements

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees, individuals and communities we serve, certain positions within DBHDD may require evaluations, vaccinations, professional licensure and certifications. Licenses must be current and enable providers to practice within the State of Georgia.

The following are a listing of evaluations and vaccinations that may be required for employees, including those not involved with direct care:

  • Drug Screening
  • TB Evaluation
  • Annual Influenza*

*Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.

DBHDD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of DBHDD to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

Bachelor’s degree in a therapeutic recreation or related therapeutic discipline from an accredited college or university AND One year of related experience OR One year of experience at the lower level Activity Therapist 1 (HCP060) or position equivalent. Note: Some positions may require registration in the area of assignment.