Direct Support Professional - Behavioral Site, Skagit County
117 N 1st St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
May 14, 2021
• Direct Support Professionals (DSP) provide support and training to the DS program clients by assisting them in the core service areas of: health and safety, personal power and choice, positive recognition by self and others, community integration, constructive relationships, and building skill competence.
• At behavior sites DSPs are required to work alone with clients who have behavioral or medical problems and who may exhibit challenging or aggressive behavior. With the training provided, DSPs will learn how to respond to such behavior and deescalate situations. DSPs will be required to record the necessary documentation as identified in the clients’ plans, Volunteers of America and Disability Services policies and State regulations using data entry methods.
• DSPs perform shift work that is scheduled by the Program Manager based on the needs of the clients and the program. Shifts and sites may change as the client/program needs adjustment. Scheduled work hours may include weekends, split shifts, on call, sleepovers, and work on holidays.
· Implement ISP/IISP goals and objectives, collect and record data for programs as required.
· Instruct and support clients in daily living skills (daily cleaning, laundry, basic repairs, and yard work as needed), insure basic health and hygiene needs are met daily, support meal preparation, leisure activities, community living and integration skills, assist clients in caring for their pets (where applicable), and ensure all related tasks are being completed daily.
· Accompany clients to recreational activities, doctor appointments, IISP goal outings or work as appropriate and scheduled.
· Assist clients with money skills and purchases/shopping as assigned.
· Provide support for clients accessing community, including public and other transportation services as available.
· Observe/monitor clients and documents their activities and any incidents or difficulties on appropriate forms per program guidelines and client plans. Report any changes (mental, physical, emotional, or behavioral) to appropriate personnel and documents it in client records and Incident Report. Ensure client safety.
· Observe and assist with medications per the client plan and ensures the physician/nurse orders are followed. Report any problems or difficulties with medications or treatments to the supervisor immediately.
· When applicable, prepare entire meal according to the client dietary guidelines.
· Participate in staff meetings and educational trainings as assigned.
· Maintain good communication with other staff and Program Manager regarding all aspects of client care, household operations, personnel and VOA/DS business.
· Appropriately maintain professional caring relationships with the clients while preserving healthy professional boundaries that foster the clients to continue to be as independent as possible and not to rely on any particular staff.
· Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED.
· Desire to work with adults who have developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges; behavior health experience preferred.
· Required to read and understand the program documentation and perform basic writing and documenting skills that accurately convey the information in the primary language of our clients which is English.
· Required to be a driver and have an acceptable driving record as determined by VOAWW policy.
· Must have and maintain an acceptable background check per State guidelines.
· Basic computer and Internet skills required.
UP TO 200 PAID TIME OFF HOURS PER YEAR
MEDICAL & DENTAL
FLEX SPENDING ACCOUNT and more….