Direct Support Professionals are responsible for providing compassionate care and assistance to Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who may also have behavioral health challenges and/or physical limitations. Program participants may also have a mental health diagnosis, substance use problems, and complex behavioral challenges. The program focuses on helping individuals work through their emotional and behavioral challenges, prevent relapse of criminal and/or addictive behaviors, and learn skills that allow them to interact more successfully in the community and with others.
Duties and Essential Functions
Provide supervision and support for each client in meeting goals in their “Individual Program Plan” (IPP) Assist clients with daily living needs, such as: hygiene, groom and dress, exercise, communication, and socialization skills with the goal of improving a client’s self-reliance Assist clients with prescribed medications, while maintaining required documentation and adhering to Anka’s policies. Prepare meals and snacks as needed. Using the Company van, supervise and escort clients to medical and dental appointments, community outings, and other activities as assigned by Program Administrator. Maintain daily logs, data reports and mandated reporting requirements such as SIR/UIRS Develop a rapport with residents and cultivate a safe and supportive relationship. Attend and complete required meetings, trainings and continuing education units (CEUs) Job Descriptions are subject to change without notice based on the needs of Corporation Program/Services.
Education and Experience: Must meet Title 17 and Title 22 requirements. Six months experience working with developmentally disabled, preferably adults, in a residential setting working with persons that are dually diagnosed with behaviors that may impact health and safety.
Skills and Abilities: Maturity and ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of personalities and situations requiring tact, poise, friendliness, and sensitivity. Be able to maintain integrity and confidentiality regulations in regard to client information and records. Sympathetic and objective understanding of individuals with mental, emotional and developmental disabilities. Must be able to communicate well in English, both verbally and in writing. Ability to communicate verbally by phone in English in a clear and concise manner. Utilize positive “care taking” strategies for resident supervision. Nurture and support multiple-challenged residents.
Physical Abilities: Ability to lift up to 40 lbs., approximately three (3) times per week. Must be able to navigate several flights of stairs during each work shift. Ability to drive in heavy traffic and inclement weather.
Mental Abilities: Ability to think clearly and manage multiple changing priorities, and remain pleasant and positive. Requires critical thinking and ability to manage difficult population. Requires good judgment.
License Required: Possession of DSP I, DSP II, CPT certificates, child abuse index clearance, and TB clearance prior to provision of services. A valid California Driver’s License – Class IIB. Proof of current auto insurance.