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Direct Support Professional
Provide all aspects of care to program participants to enable them to become independent and productive. Some knowledge of computers is needed.
Each DSP must be able to perform the following functions in order to ensure the life safety, care and well-being of the people served by WellLife Network.
1. Ensures that all activities enhance and support each person’s
social responsibility, independence, dignity and continued growth.
2. Implements goals designed to maximize each person served with
a level of independence, as determined by the IDT, including but
not limited to: budgeting, grooming, nutritional planning, use of
public transportation, and use of community resources, shopping
3. Must successfully complete and perform all techniques required in
AMAP, SCIP, CPR and First Aid. Employment is conditional upon
passing the exams for each course.
4. Coordinates evacuation and ensures safety in actual emergencies
and fire drills. Essential functions of this duty include: the ability to
climb and descend fire escapes and assist others to do the same.
This may include both verbal and physical prompting and the
ability to perform first aid for the people served.
5. Administers medication and/or monitors self-administration of
medication as a certified AMAP. This includes documentation of
the computerized EMAR (Electronic Medication Administration
Record) system, where applicable. (This may not apply to relief
6. Responsible for crisis intervention and incident reporting
7. Responsible for monitoring and recording progress on daily
checklists, any behavior contracts, quarterly summaries, monthly
goal forms and progress notes, family contact log, monthly and
daily recreation reports, clothing and personal effects inventory.
Also responsible for entering consumer data documentation in the
8. Communicates relevant information to other staff and
supervisor(s) , verbally and in writing, (i.e., daily communication
log, telephone log, incident reports, medication and behavior
9. Meets routinely with people served and the management team to
review goal progress, identify participant needs and update
program plans. Assists person in researching and obtaining
community resources appropriate and applicable to their needs
10. Assists person in planning and follow through on or escorts
person evening and weekend recreational activities. Participates
in moderate physical activities as part of recreation program.
11. Assists in planning of daily activities and events. Provides training
in ADL and other areas, performs these functions for people
served requiring total support, specifically staff will perform all
aspects of the task i.e., showering, shaving, toileting, hand
12. Attends all scheduled staff meetings, mandatory in-service
training sessions, and assigned annual meetings within the
residence and day program.
13. Acts as a role model for people served in various
14. Follows-up on any aftercare/recommendations for treatment.
Escorts/accompanies people served as needed on appointments
(medical, psychiatric, etc.).
15. Maintains confidentiality at all times.
16. Work schedules and locations are subject to change based upon
consumer and/or program need.
17. Other duties as requested.
High School diploma or equivalency diploma required. A valid New York State Driver’s License with 2 years of driving experience is required. Experience working with adults with intellectual/ developmental or other behavioral health disabilities preferred.
Posted on 03/10/17; CVMHA ID #10815