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State of Montana Direct Support Professional in Boulder, Montana

/Are you a caring individual who is looking for a rewarding opportunity to work in a residential setting? Then look no further!/

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/This position will close on February 18, 2020. Candidates will be screened and interviewed during this time, with successful candidates starting training on March 2, 2020./

/To be considered for any DPHHS Agency position, applicants must complete and submit their application online, as well as upload any required application materials. Successful applicant(s) are required to successfully pass all DPHHS specific background check(s) relevant to each position. /

/Women (and/or) minorities may be under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply./

Job Overview: *The Intensive Behavior Center (IBC) is an intensive, short-term treatment facility for individuals who have intellectual disabilities and co-occurring mental illnesses. IBC provides an environment for building healthy, effective, and fulfilling lives so those receiving treatment can live successfully in the community after discharge. *

The Direct Support Professional provides assistance and support to clients in maintaining a therapeutic environment. Other responsibilities include: 1) Providing clients with routine emotional and physical care; 2) Transporting clients to treatments, vocational, and leisure activities; and 3) documenting clients’ interaction and participation with activities.

Essential Functions (Major Duties or Responsibilities):

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Client Support/Care

  • Provides treatment, training, guidance and support by following the Individual Treatment Plan.

  • Communicates with clients to understand clients’ needs.

  • Monitors clients’ daily routines such as phone calls, personal hygiene, and meals.

  • Transports clients to treatment, vocational, recreational and leisure activities.

  • Records client data such as behavioral observations, vital signs, symptoms, etc.

  • Monitors and documents activities, sleep habits, and excess food or liquid intake.

  • Observes, documents, and reports unusual behavior or condition of clients to treatment and medical staff.

  • Provide clients with assistance in bathing, grooming, and eating as provided in treatment plan.

Treatment Support

  • Encourages and leads client participation in scheduled activities.

  • Reviews clients’ records for treatment goals, objectives and plans.

  • Participates with groups during therapeutic activities.

  • Documents clients’ interaction and participation with activities.

  • Provides staff with updates or issues via logbook group report.

  • Ensures clients’ rights are protected and maintained.

Safety

  • Ensures clients’ safety and well-being by resolving issues and enforcing supports.

  • Checks clients’ rooms and belongings for contraband as authorized.

  • Participates with security and search procedures as necessary.

  • De-escalates or redirects clients to prevent injury.

  • Ensures clients are present and documents client activity.

  • Monitors visitors entering or exiting the premise.

Other Duties as Assigned(including, but not limited to):

  • Participates in treatment plan meetings.

  • Assists with emergency response as necessary.

  • Cooperates with law enforcement and client protection investigations.

  • Assist with limited meal preparation and basic housekeeping duties as needed.

Physical and Environmental Demands:

Risk of bodily injury from clientele who may demonstrate physical aggression and unpredictable behaviors. Physical activities including standing, walking, lifting, bending, pushing, pulling, and twisting. Ability to lift up to 75 pounds. Various work hours including weekends is required.

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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors):

Required for the first day of work:

  • Basic knowledge of developmental, behavioral, and psychiatric disorders.

  • Knowledge of practices and methods for providing care.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to make observations and report information accurately.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

  • Ability to persuade clients to change behaviors.

  • Ability to accept criticism and deal calmly with high stress situations.

  • Ability to operate personal computer and general office equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, including using spreadsheets, word processing, database, email, internet, and other computer programs.

Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.

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Preferred:

  • 1 year of work experience providing care to individuals with developmental, behavioral, or psychiatric disorders.

  • Experience/knowledge of techniques and responsibilities surrounding the use of physical restraint and methods to avoid such use.

Job: *Community/Social Services

Title: Direct Support Professional

Location: Boulder

Requisition ID: 19142417

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