Direct Support Professional
- Experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Possession of a high school diploma or G.E.D.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must possess a valid Michigan driver’s license, have access to a reliable, insured means of transportation for job-related use.
- Clean criminal background and Macomb Community Mental Health Office of Recipient Rights history.
- Good verbal, written, interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills.
- Reliable, dependable, flexible, punctual, and professional.
- Ability to lift, carry, push, pull or move at least 25 pounds and regularly walk, stand, bend, and/or reach for periods of time.
- Ability to work in a variety of situations with integrity, a positive attitude, and composure during emergency situations with an ability to follow agency procedures and demonstrate appropriate role modeling behaviors.
- Attend all required trainings (Recipient Rights, Corporate Compliance, HIPAA, etc.)
- Cooperate and collaborate with colleagues from various departments.
- Complete written documentation in accordance with established agency procedures and timelines.
- Email address and phone for communication purposes.
- Cooperate with the payroll department in preparing all paperwork and when possible maintain Direct Deposit/ACH bank account or card.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The duties and responsibilities of a Direct Support Professional (DSP) are listed below. Each DSP will be trained and each task will be outlined in the Person-Centered Plan (PCP) for the person with a disability you are assisting.
Community Support Specialist (CSS):
- This position takes place in the home of an individual with a disability. You could work with one or more individuals to assist them within the home and out in the community.
- Assist, guide, remind, and prompt individuals with disabilities during activities of daily living (ADLs) as outlined in a person-centered plan (PCP). ADLs consist of but are not limited to the following: hygiene assistance, meal preparation, laundry, toileting while at home or in the community.
- Respect an individual’s choice of what, where and how they live.
- Provide intervention services when behavioral supports are outlined in their plan.
- Read through and be familiar with every individual’s person-centered plan with whom you work.
- Facilitate community inclusion across all domains of an individual’s life.
- Assist and provide ongoing supervision with safe and proper choices during daily living activities (communication, safety in the community, safety within the home, etc.).
- This position requires the transportation of individuals.
Community Based Instructor (CBI):
- The difference between a Community Support Specialist and a Community Based Instructor is that this position will be in the community teaching ADLs with a group of individuals with disabilities. All of the above (CSS requirements will be the same with a CBI).
- Emphasis will be on learning about employment within the community.
- This position requires transportation of individuals.
Job Coach (JC):
- Evaluate and train an individual focusing on their strengths and weaknesses in order to build the vocational skills needed for employment.
- Provide hands-on training to improve vocational skills where needed.
- Produce record keeping of all details of the evaluation and the training provided.
- Provide transportation to and from employment sites for the duration of the assessment if needed.
- Maintain the safety and welfare of the individual being assessed during the community based vocational assessment.
Skills Program Instructor (SPI):
- Provide instruction and support for small groups of individuals with disabilities in the Skills Center, area of employment, recreation, independent living, and education.
- Demonstrate appropriate role modeling behaviors to promote the development of correct work habits and attitudes.
- Provide support in organizing and administering all phases of instruction in the Skills Center.
- Assisting with ADLs (meal preparation, eating, learning, toileting, time management, etc.).
- Cooperate with all safety and building requirements while assisting the individuals with whom you will work.