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Direct Support Professional (Center Based) 

Category Adult Mental Health Services  

Day and evening shifts available

Position Summary:

REACH Center Based Direct Support Professional (DSP) provides support to persons with co-occurring intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental or behavioral health needs who are admitted to the Crisis Therapeutic Home (CTH) or Transitional Home. This staff participates in facilitating daily program and individualized activities and support for habilitative and/or rehabilitative activities, therapeutic interventions, personal care/assistance, health care and other activities. DSPs participates as part of comprehensive REACH services that collaborate with individual’s primary provider and clinical home, community crisis services, family and others.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Assists individuals with daily activities, personal care/assistance, behavioral health needs, and physical health, wellness, community engagement and leisure activities.
  • Orients guests and their caregivers (if applicable) to the home, program policies, rules and activities.
  • Establishes rapport with consumers with intellectual/developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors, while maintaining respect for each consumer’s dignity, individuality and right to confidentiality.
  • Maintains professional boundaries with individuals and follows ethical and licensing guidelines.
  • Monitors individuals for frequency and severity of mental health or behavioral symptoms and provides crisis prevention, intervention and de-escalation supports in accordance with individualized cross systems crisis prevention and intervention plans, behavioral support plan (if applicable), overall service plan (e.g. ISP, PCP, POC).
  • Participates in development and implementation of persons Crisis Education and Prevention Plan.
  • Provides on-site crisis intervention and stabilization support to individuals and their respective systems of care for individuals experiencing behavioral health emergencies/crises.
  • Plans, structures and prompts social and leisure time activities, including activities that build skills for behavior management, stress management, communication, adaptive living, ADL’s and IADL’s.
  • Serves as a positive representative for agency with other professionals, families and the community.
  • Reports incidents as required by agency policy as well as local state and federal laws.
  • Maintains timely documentation, progress notes, behavior/symptom tracking, and other data, including incident and accident reports.
  • Responds to individual safety needs, including reporting significant changes in behavior and health.
  • Collaborates with the homes Supervisor, Assistant Supervisor/RN, Medical Director, Clinical Director and other staff with clinical expertise on presentation of needs, behavioral tracking, attempted interventions, plan of care and discharge planning.
  • Communicates with other staff and supervisor on progress, needs, concerns and changes.
  • Performs housekeeping duties as assigned, including meal preparation in accordance with individual dietary needs and preferences.
  • Adheres to program standards and policies as well as local, state and federal regulations
  • Assists with discharge planning.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional Functions for Day Support:

  • Records, analyzes, and reports results of individual community involvement in a professional and timely manner while maintaining confidentiality of individuals served.
  • Works collaboratively with all adjunct specialists including recreation activities and community integration
Position Requirements
  • High School diploma or equivalent from an accredited institution required.
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) and/or Qualified Developmental Disabilities Professional (QDDP) – Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in human services or related field received from an approved, accredited institution and no less than one year of fulltime relevant experience required for day support DSPs, strongly preferred for other DSPs.
  • Registration with the Board of Counseling as a QMHP A and/or C required if a QMHP or QDDP.
  • Experience with crisis prevention and intervention services preferred.
  • Maintain valid state appropriate driver’s license and auto insurance for personal and agency vehicles utilized for work;
  • Complete within specified time period the trainings as required by agency and service model.
  • Knowledge and ability to utilize computer word processing and data programs including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite, Web-based data entry, etc.
  • Must demonstrate capacity to effectively communicate verbally and in written form.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift -not applicable-  
Position REACH Center Based Direct Support Professional  
Division VA REACH  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Location Woodbridge  
About the Organization Easterseals UCP has been part of the fabric of North Carolina and Virginia for 75 years. We started in counties all over NC and VA filling gaps and addressing the needs of children and adults with disabilities. Our legacy organizations Easterseals NC, United Cerebral Palsy NC, and Easterseals Virginia joined forces as Easterseals UCP to intentionally work side-by-side with more than 20,000 individuals and their families, providing the broad network of services and support they need to achieve better days. Today we are affiliated with both Easterseals, Inc. and United Cerebral Palsy Inc.

Our mission is to create opportunities, promote individual choice, and change the lives of children and adults with disabilities by maximizing their individual potential to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
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