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Occupational Therapy

General Services


To support the recovery of persons with serious mental illness through offering personally meaningful, purposeful activities that promote independent living skills, community reintegration, and improved quality of life.


Through partnership with our consumers and community prevocational and vocational service providers, the NVMHI Occupational Therapy Department will become the preeminent regional provider of mental health OT services.

Discharge Planning

OTs formally assess a client’s cognitive and functional capacities related to discharge through standardized assessments. The assessments are administered on a consultative basis to determine the recommended level of care and supervision required for the client to function successfully in the community.

Frequently Offered OT Group Interventions

Life Skills Groups

. Community Living Skills . Job Skills . Arts & Crafts . Transportation Skills . PC Skills
. Pet Visitation . Money Management . Cooking Skills . Library Outing . Volunteer Group
. Stress Management . Gardening

“Paid” Prevocational Groups

. Market . Market Shopping . Market Clean-Up . Gardening . Clothing Closet

Clients receive a $3.00 cash “token” for each prevocational group participated in.
Tasks are work-like and aim to have clients demonstrate increased responsibility in timeliness, attention to detail, initiation and completion of tasks, ability to take directions and work well with others, etc..

Occupational Therapy Student Program

The Occupational Therapy department accepts Level II Fieldwork students from accredited Occupational Therapy programs on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Information

Occupational Therapy Supervisor
April Masick, MS, OTR/L
(703) 207-7192

Occupational Therapy Staff
(703) 207-7374 / 7445
Merissa Bernstein, OTR/L
Jennifer Landy, MS, OTR/L
Edna Pringle, OTR/L
Jane Greenberg, MS, OTR/L
Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute