124 S. Main St. Suite 2, Maquoketa, lA 52060

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Home & Community Based Services Direct Support Professional

Posted: 01/14/2024

Summary/Objective: The HCBS Direct Support Professional I is responsible for implementation and documentation of goals and objectives for individuals served. The DSP I will be an active advocate for individuals served with an emphasis on individual choice and decision-making.
Essential Job Functions: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

  • Provide input to the HCBS Supervisor and Programmer for the development of individual goals and objectives.
  • Provide services based on individual goals and objectives.
    • Teach individuals rather than doing for them.
    • Use behavior strategies to support individuals with challenging behaviors.
    • Display an ability to motivate individuals to participate in their services.
    • Encourage and carry out recreational and/or community activities to meet the needs and choices of individuals served.
    • Apply rights restrictions only as determined necessary by the interdisciplinary team and included in the individual plan of persons served.
  • Ensure all service documentation meets Iowa Code standards utilizing the Setworks system.
    • Include individuals name, date of birth, medical assistance number, day, month, and year, start and end time (including a.m. and p.m.) of service provision, as well as staff printed name, signature, title, credentials, location of services, change of service location and timeframe, and note of availability for health and safety.
    • Ensure documentation includes attention to detail (e.g., completed legibly, errors corrected
    • properly, use of approved abbreviations, cross out unused portions of log, etc.).
    • Complete service documentation to record interventions and supports provided and reflect the goals and ongoing supports of the individuals served.
    • Complete service documentation to record individual responses to interventions and supports.
  • Direct Support responsibilities:
    • Provide for the safety of the individual served with the least amount of intrusion as possible.
    • Respect the property of individuals served (e.g., their home, personal possessions, etc.).
    • Be an active advocate for individuals receiving services to have greater control over their lives.
    • Encourage individual choice and decision-making.
    • Complete documentation in a timely manner following service provision. Turn logs in daily.
    • Complete incident/accident and behavior incident reports accurately and promptly.
  • Scheduled work shifts:
    • Find a replacement if unable to work a scheduled shift.
    • Follow the department call-in procedure.
    • Work weekends and holidays as scheduled.
  • Ensure individual medications are administered, stored, and documented appropriately according to the six rights of medication administration.
  • Report issues of concern to supervisor. Offer ideas and suggestions for resolution of concerns. Use appropriate methods and channels of communication.
  • Maintain flexibility to work alternate shifts, locations, weekends, and additional/less hours based on the needs of the agency.
  • Ensure all Imagine the Possibilities, Inc. policies and procedures are followed, including the Compliance and Integrity Program and Safety.
  • Complete trainings in a timely manner and/or as assigned.
  • Other job duties as assigned.
Work Environment: All programs are integrated into the community.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Must remain awake during working hours.
  • May assist in the transfer of individuals to/from wheelchair, chair, bed, toilet, vehicle, etc.
  • May require lifting at times, up to 35 pounds. Lifting more than 35# requires the use of a two-person lift, mechanical lift, or assistive equipment.
  • May attend and participate in activities of consumer’s choice (e.g., church services, swimming, bowling, etc.).
  • May require prolonged walking and standing for up to eight hours.
  • May require frequent bending, stooping, and stretching.
  • May require driving for up to eight hours.
  • May experience various climatic conditions.
  • May require working with difficult emotional and physical behaviors (e.g., seizures, physical aggression, etc.).
  • Must have ability to see objects/persons at a distance.
  • Must have ability to see close work such as typed or handwritten material.
  • Must have ability to hear conversations in a quiet and a noisy environment.
  • Must have ability to determine where a sound is coming from.
  • Must have ability to hear differences among bells, buzzers, beeps, horns, etc.
  • Must have ability to communicate through speech.
  • Must have ability to drive and transport for service provision as needed.
  • Must remain awake during working hours, if applicable.
Required Qualifications:
  • SCL - Minimum 16 years of age. HAB - Minimum 18 years of age.
  • HAB – Minimum high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Background checks with previous employers, references, law enforcement agencies, and others will be conducted and found satisfactory.
  • Valid driver’s license and driver’s record deemed acceptable by Imagine the Possibilities, Inc.