Requisition Number: SALT-DRSPP-H-10-2019-01
Job Title: Direct Support Professional
City: Philadelphia
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: B - 2 Year Degree
Minimum Years of Experience: 1
Salary Range: $13.50-$15.00/hour

Direct Support Professional

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Description/Job Summary

RHD's 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.
Qualifications
 
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.
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

Responsibilities/Duties

  • 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.

Required Experience

Some experience

Required Education

At least 12 college credits in Human Services

Required Qualifications

Experience

Program Summary

RHD's 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.
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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.