Direct Support Professional Job Description

Direct Support Professional Job Description

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Direct support professional provides client transportation when needed and to shop for household items.Under the direction of the Medical Coordinator, schedule and coordinate the timely and appropriate delivery of Supports such as medical care, psychological care, psychiatric care, special therapy needs, day programming needs, residential programming needs and support service needs.Assure all required reports, assessments, and reviews are completed according to State, County/AE and Agency guidelines.

Direct Support Professional Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Works in a collaborative effort to provide assessment, care, support and/or rehabilitative services to mentally ill and or mentally ill/developmentally disabled adults in a residential setting
One on one services to ID/DD consumers and implementing their goals as outlined in the Person
Instruct and reinforce target goals and outcomes according to consumer
Complete written documentation of services(s) provided upon completion of visit as directed by QP
Accurately note consumer responses and results to staff interventions and assessment through proper documentation
Maintain appropriate professional conduct at all times
Assist in the development of consumer treatment plan and goal revisions as directed by interdisciplinary team
Provides care in accordance with written instructions from professional staff
Reports immediately to QP any changes in the patient’s condition or any problems in assigned tasks
Relays observations of patient’s mental and physical status to QP

Direct Support Professional Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Direct Support Professional

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Education for Direct Support Professional

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the direct support professional job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as High School and Bachelor's Degree in Human Services, History, Communication, Education, Management, Graduate, Social Work, Psychology, Health, Medical

Skills for Direct Support Professional

Desired skills for direct support professional include:

Communication
Educational programming
Leisure skills
Vocational
Central
Goal plans
Programming
Support Supports
Developmental programs
Individual care techniques and of treatment

Desired experience for direct support professional includes:

Is dependable and on time for assignments
Client-specific competencies to be met as identified in each Clients’ Person-Centered
Plan / Plan of Care
If providing Enhanced level services, employees will have supplementary training /instruction specific to the medical and / or behavioral needs of the Consumer
Nursing Respite Staff will possess a valid NC license (RN) (LPN) in good standing
NC Healthcare Registry check completed and cleared

Direct Support Professional Examples

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Direct Support Professional Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is hiring for a direct support professional. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for direct support professional
  • You would help individuals to participate in games and recreational programs
  • You would work with other staff to carry out and record care plans and, in accordance with special instructions, you may administer medication
  • You would need to be prepared to act to ensure the health and safety of individuals in emergency situations
  • In some of the residences, you must be able to stand, bend, stretch, and lift bedridden and/or incapacitated individuals
  • Providing Medication Administration to the clients we serve, to include utilization of QuickMar
  • Conducting adaptive equipment audits
  • Scaning medical appointment information to the Nursing Department and ensure all necessary medical supplies and equipment are received
  • Instruct and reinforce target goals and outcomes according to individual
  • Complete written documentation of services(s) provided upon completion of visit as directed by IDD Coordinator or designee
  • Accurately note individual responses and results to staff interventions and assessment through proper documentation
Qualifications for direct support professional
  • NC DMV background check completed and cleared
  • If providing transportation, employees must have an NC or other state’s valid driver’s license, a safe driving record, and a satisfactory level of automobile liability insurance
  • Negative TB Screening
  • NCI Parts A and B
  • Experience with a special needs population or chemically dependent adults preferred
  • Valid NON-PROBATIONARY NJ or NY Driver's License (Driving is required)
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Direct Support Professional Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking for a direct support professional. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for direct support professional
  • Reports immediately to IDD Coordinator or designee any changes in the individual's condition or any problems in assigned tasks
  • Relays observations of individual's mental and physical status to IDD Coordinator or designee
  • Provides direct care and supervision to individuals enrolled in day support program
  • Assists people supported with activities planned and implemented according to written and approved plans, including but not limited to skill building activities such as arts and crafts, technology skills, board games, and other such activities that are included in the individual’s plan of support Assistance will be provided during all community engagement outings
  • Drives people supported to community engagement activities as needed
  • Completes all trainings including new hire, on the job and annual trainings within the designated timeframe
  • Completes all documentation accurately and timely
  • Understands and utilizes adaptive equipment including wheelchairs and walkers
Qualifications for direct support professional
  • Experience with ID/DD individuals preferred, but not required
  • Experience providing services and support to individuals with developmental disabilities, or related disorders preferred
  • Minimum age requirement is 18 years
  • Valid driver’s license, with a satisfactory driving record, as defined by Company vehicle policy
  • Must meet all agency requirements for pre-employment as required by Company and/or State regulations
  • Must be able to use a computer for accessing company documentation systems

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