Direct Support Professional I is responsible for the routine and emergency care, treatment, and training for specified individuals with developmental disabilities in routine and crisis situations. Responsibilities may include such duties as grooming, bathing, feeding, observing and reporting client conditions and behaviors; interacting with clients therapeutically, participating in individualized training and/or active treatment programs. The DSP-I is required to accurately document client behavior(s) throughout the daily schedule, including response to home activities, home training and unusual incidents. Completion of work requires use of simple and/or routine duties, while decision making is based on simple and well-defined guidelines. This position may be required to drive a state owned vehicle. May perform other duties as assigned. Works under close supervision with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. Assists persons served with training to teach daily living and vocational skills. Provides behavior intervention by following the recommended behavior intervention techniques to ensure that persons served are protected from harm or injury due to abuse/neglect, sexual incidents, serious injuries, or other sources of immediate danger and provides emergency care as needed.
Participates in delivering therapeutic and individualized training per the clients active treatment program, and documents client progress. Assists persons served with carrying out necessary self-care skills (i.e., bathing, dressing, oral hygiene, toileting, feeding and grooming). Ensures environment is free of safety hazards by correcting any hazards found and reporting them to the supervisor.
Observes persons served for signs and symptoms of disease, injury, reactions to medications, or other conditions that warrant medical intervention. Perform other related work as assigned.
May prevent or manage aggressive behavior among clients and administer CPR in emergency intervention.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Ability to learn patient care techniques and of treatment, therapy, and developmental programs.
Ability to read, write and understand English so as to effectively communicate and carry out verbal and written instructions.
Ability to learn behavior modification techniques as required for training of clients with certain specific behaviors.
Ability to provide client care to administer first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, to conduct Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behavior (PMAB), and to communicate effectively.
Ability to work effectively with others and as a member of a team and to accept supervision.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Position may require a valid Driver’s License
Initial Selection Criteria:
High School Diploma or GED or previous employment experience
All applicants must pass: pre-employment drug screen, fingerprint criminal background check, and Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Employee Misconduct Registry and Nurse/Aide Registry checks. Males between the ages of 18 – 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
All State Supported Living Center Employees are subject to Random Drug Testing.
Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.