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Direct Support Professional  


The DSP shall be responsible to support adults with disabilities of all ages and others who need assistance to lead self-directed lives and contribute to their communities; and supports behaviors that enhance inclusion in their communities. The DSP shall understand that people requiring support who have one disability, such as mental illness, can also have another disability, such as a substance abuse disorder, cognitive disability or a medical condition. These conditions are called co-occurring disorders. The DSP shall promote OHI's welcoming and effective provision of supports to such people.The DSP is responsible to assure that quality supports and services are provided to people residing in the homes to which he/she has been assigned, and that the philosophy of OHI is adhered to at all times.The DSP is responsible to assure that there is consistency in the supports provided to each person with disabilities; that the communication among team members is effective; that duplication of efforts is eliminated; bureaucracy is reduced; that the small agency feeling is maintained; that a holistic approach is provided to people supported; and best practices are used.The DSP is responsible for teaching daily living, communication and work skills, administering medications and first aid, providing safe transportation, assisting with or coordinating medical and other support service appointments, maintaining accurate and detailed documentation and records, safeguarding the monetary and personal resources of people supported, and implementing the philosophy, policies and procedures of OHI.

Position Requirements

The Direct Support Professional (DSP) shall have a minimum of a High School Diploma/GED and be 18 years of age. The DSP shall have demonstrated ability to support people with disabilities; ability to work a flexible schedule; crisis prevention, intervention and teaching skills; and a valid Maine drivers license and own vehicle for most direct support positions.


The DSP shall have or acquire and shall maintain Certified Residential Medication Aide (CRMA) certification, First Aid/CPR certification, PACT certification, Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician I (MHRT I), Mental Health Support Specialist (MHSS) and/or Direct Support Professional (DSP) Certification, within the first 30 days preferably and ongoingly thereafter.


The DSP shall have essential physical skills – be able to run, squat, stoop/bend, kneel, climb stairs, be able to lift at least 50 pounds (or ¼ own body weight), push and pull against potential resistance; and be able to implement non-physical and physical interventions and CPR with people supported when needed. He/she shall have adequate vision, reading, writing and documentation skills and hearing to perform the essential functions of the job; demonstrated commitment to the mission and philosophy of OHI; conflict resolution skills; ability to assimilate information and apply it to situations; ability to maintain assigned work hours, having sufficient endurance to perform tasks over long periods of time; and computer skills.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time and/or Part-Time  
Schedule TBA  
Position Direct Support Professional  
About the Organization OHI is a Maine-based, public nonprofit organization providing supports and services to people with intellectual disabilities, autism and mental illness for the past 40 years. With offices in the greater Bangor area, specifically in the towns of Hermon and Brewer, OHI currently supports about 400 people in six Maine counties. OHI provides 24-hour residential services and various community services for people to live productively in their communities.

OHI also provides permanent housing in Bangor and Brewer for adults with disabilities, and professional development training for people, including family members, caregivers and support workers. In November 2013, OHI opened the Brewer Area Food Pantry as both a means to meet a growing need and to give back to a community which the people it supports rely upon.

OHI strongly believes in providing person-specific intellectual disability and mental health services tailored to the specific needs and desires of the person supported.

Our fundamental philosophy - Everything is Possible - drives the manner and method in which we operate, and provide supports and services to people in the greater Bangor area and five other Maine counties. We believe everyone can be successful and happy with the right quality of supports and the right combination of services. We must value the unlimited possibilities of everyone's potential to learn, develop and grow. Our eight values associated with our philosophy capture the essence of our organization and employees.  

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