Location: Middletown, NY
Pay Rates: $18.50 per hour
Hours: Thurs & Fri 2p-10p and Sat-Mon 12p-8p (40hrs)
OVERVIEW OF PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITES:
Direct Support Professionals work as part of an interdisciplinary team (clinical staff, nurses, families, advocates, etc.) providing services to adults with intellectual/ developmental disabilities. Working under the direction of a Supervisor, Direct Support Professionals provide services that enrich the lives of the individuals we support. Our mission is to help our individuals live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives.
Direct Support Professionals work in a variety of settings and provide Residential Habilitation and Day Habilitation services, both within a person’s home as well as in the community (as appropriate to the specific service).
Direct Support Professionals are responsible for the health and safety of the people we support. This includes providing continuous coverage to maintain staffing ratios within each program. Staffing coverage requires flexibility by Direct Support Professionals to work between, shifts, programs and sites.
Duties and responsibilities vary in intensity and frequency (ranging from daily total care to verbal support):
- Advocacy – assists individuals with achieving desired personal outcomes (Core Competency 1)
- Professionalism – (Core Competency 3)
- Health Maintenance – supports individuals in achieving optimal health, which may include medical appointment, medication administration and healthy meal planning and preparation (Core Competency 4)
- Safety – provides continuous care in order to ensure for the overall safety of individuals, as well as colleagues and self (Core Competency 5)
- Household Maintenance - ensures routine household maintenance gets completed as needed, which may include meal preparation, cleaning, laundry, etc. (Core Competency 5, 6)
- Personal Care – supports individuals with all personal care needs, which may include providing hands on assistance (Core Competency 4,5)
- Independent Living Skills Development – helps individuals develop skills to increase independence (Core Competency 6)
- Mentor - serves as a role model, demonstrating appropriate social interactions and implementing approved crisis intervention techniques and strategies as needed (Core Competency 3)
- Operational Support - completes documentation and safety checks, in accordance with regulations and policies, utilizing appropriate computer applications and paper documentation (Core Competency 2, 3)
- Transportation - provides transportation for individuals to various sites in the community utilizing an agency vehicle (Core Competency 7)
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s Degree in any field with minimum 6 months of experience with clinically challenged/dually diagnosed /individuals with forensic backgrounds/ individuals with Autism/ or medically involved
- Associate’s degree with minimum 1 year of experience with clinically challenged/dually diagnosed /individuals with forensic backgrounds/ individuals with Autism/ or medically involved
- Minimum 3 years experience with clinically challenged/dually diagnosed /individuals with forensic backgrounds/ individuals with Autism/ or medically involved
Internal candidate with at least 1 year experience with clinically challenged/dually diagnosed /individuals with forensic backgrounds/ individuals with Autism/ or medically involved
(* Internal candidates may also be considered based on demonstrated performance and mastery of core competencies)
**DSP3’s provide these services and supports at Level 3 IRAs. Level 3 IRAs are home to individuals with medical and/or behaviorally complex histories and psychiatric disorders. Many of these individuals have risk management plans and/or acute trauma histories and may require physical interventions. Level 3 IRAs have some of the highest staff to individual ratios.
- Must be capable of performing all SCIP Interventions
- Able to provide hands on care to individuals with various physical disabilities, which may include showering, feeding and physical assistance
- Ability to perform various household cleaning tasks utilizing cleaning supplies
- Occasional lifting of 25+ pounds, occasional pushing/pulling of 25+ pounds and occasional reaching and bending to perform necessary duties
- Ability to ascend and descend stairs
- Ability to participate in light to moderate physical activities
- Ability to utilize various electronic devices
- Provide transportation utilizing vehicles ranging in size from sedans to large passenger vans
- Exposure to pets may be required at certain sites
ALL POSITIONS ARE SUBJECT TO A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND, FINGERPRINTING AND MOTOR VEHICLE REPORT CHECK.
Access: Supports For Living is an EEO employer-EEO, AAE, M/F/D/V