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Direct Support Professional in Philadelphia, PA at Resources For Human Development, Inc.

Date Posted: 11/18/2018

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Job Description

RHD SALT program provides a variety of services to individuals with serious mental illness in their own homes. Services are based upon the individual's needs and include crisis intervention, counseling, medication monitoring, skill building, and any service needed to assist the individual in maintaining his/her independent living.
The Direct Service Professional (DSP) is directly responsible for creating an environment that reflects the mission of RHD's SALT program and complies with the standards of the Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHIDS). DSPs provide direct service to individuals served in the SALT program. DSPs play a vital role in the individual's recovery, as they are, expected to assist with activities of daily living, skill building and any other services that help to promote independence. Additionally, DSPs are expected to model on-going growth and development and foster hope for all individuals served.
 Duties and responsibilities
  • Engage the participant according to established supervision levels and focus on targeted areas of recovery.
  • Assist in the process of identifying, developing and implementing the Individual Recovery Service/Behavioral Plans.
  • Implement the goals from the participant's recovery service plan and/or from therapist/consultant's.
  • Assist the participants with day to day activities and implement social skills.
  • Support and Encourage participants in movement towards greater independence.
  • Support participants to successfully integrate into the community, such as, teaching them transportation skills, connecting them to community activities and resources, and helping them identify gainful employment.
  • Complete and submit all program documentation /data collection forms.
  • Communicate with staff at shift change about the status of the participant.
  • Prepare, assist with preparing, or supervise menu planning and meal preparation as needed.
  • Assist the participants by supervising and assisting with, as needed, the cleaning of the home and identify needs for repairs.
  • Assist the participants, in the maintenance or to maintain the grounds of the home and identify needs for repairs.
  • Assist participant with making and attending medical, psychiatric and all other appointments.
  • Provide access to approve recreational and leisure activities within the home and in the community.
  • Assist/teach self-medication administration for participants as prescribed (after completion of approved training-QuickMar).
  • Attend all scheduled trainings, supervisions and staff meetings.
  • Act in accordance with Value's, Beliefs of RHD and to follow all policies and procedures of the SALT Program.
  • Document and notify the Program Manager (or any other member of the management team)  for all unusual incidents in the mandated timelines.
  • Maintain appropriate relationship and environmental boundaries at all times.
The ideal candidate should have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  • Possess 12 or more credits in the human services field, Associates Degree is preferred, but not required.
  • At least 3-5 year's prior experience working with individuals living with serious mental illnesses.
  • Knowledgeable in implementing & monitoring various components of the Human Service Delivery System (recordkeeping; programming; assessment/services; data collection; supports etc.).
  • Possess exceptional organizational skills w/attention to detail, proficient verbal/written communication & documentation skills and the ability to perform multi-task.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write clear, concise, and behavioral health oriented notes.
  • Demonstrate clear knowledge of DBT skills (ie. Mindfulness, validation), motivational interviewing, trauma informed care and the recovery principles/model.
  • Possess basic computer skills. (word; excel; internet; accessing and researching information)
  • Valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record.
 Working conditions
Working conditions consist of employee working one-to-one with individuals with serious mental illnesses in their own homes. Employee is expected to demonstrate the ability to utilize de-escalation techniques and other interventions, in the moment, when dealing with crisis situations.   They would need to exhibit problem solving skills, be attentive , and engaging. Additionally, employee  must have the ability to flex work/time schedule to meet varying needs of participants. Hours may vary based on the participant availability and supervision needs.
Physical requirements
Physical requirements include standing or sitting for extended periods, occasional lifting of light objects (up to 25 pounds), do repetitive tasks with few breaks, walking steps, walking on uneven surfaces, and the ability to bend, stoop, and reach. The use of arm and/or leg control requires force greater than sedentary work.

Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status