Direct Care Worker - SUD/RRS Program at Gandara Mental Health Center in Springfield, MA

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Direct Care Worker - SUD/RRS Program
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Direct Care I & II Staff Worker

We're looking for a Direct Care 1 Staff Worker to work with our Substance Use Disorder Program [SUD/RRS], establishing open communication, support, and accountability among workers and consumers. S/he is accountable to the SUD Program Manager, who is responsible for providing supervision and training. The Direct Care Staff Worker is one who actively promotes the philosophy of the SUD Program, and maintains a high level of commitment to the program. This individual will respect the dignity of each individual through vigorous promotion of the human and civil rights which, in part, strives to keep people free from abuse or neglect and recognize that ethnic and cultural diversity of each individual must be valued and respected.

  1. Duties and Responsibilities

Client Services Responsibilities

  • To assist members daily in the enhancement of their ADL (activities of daily living) skills through practical experience and training both individually and in groups.
  • To promote the right of people with mental retardation to exercise choice and to make meaningful decisions in their lives.
  • To ensure that adequate services and flexible resources are non-intrusive, cost effective and provided by qualified, trained personnel to meet individual needs and preferences.
  • To provide case management, outreach and advocacy to members, and be accountable for the quality and quantity of casework.
  • To develop strong, supportive relationships with the clients.
  • To provide for client care and safety, and observe all safety measures; provide safety responses to emergency situations when necessary.
  • To interact with clients in order to assess needs, provide information, discuss problems, set limits and encourage growth and development.
  • To empower individuals and their families to speak out for themselves and others, initiate ideas, have choices and make decisions about needed supports.
  • To enhance public awareness of the valuable roles persons with mental retardation assume in society through promotion of physical and social integration.
  • To provide entry to services through a single, local and familiar setting and recognizing the dignity of achievement understanding these services lead to meaningful benefits.
  • To provide crisis intervention, monitor clients' progress and act as a client advocate.
  • To assist members in planning, implementing and leading scheduled activities, to assess members' participation, motivation and interest in these activities.
  • To perform other duties as assigned by the Program Manager.

Administrative Responsibilities/Record Keeping

  • To attend scheduled clinical and staff meetings and actively participate to determine treatment plans, re-evaluate case needs and goals, and develop skills.
  • To maintain client records in accordance with standard format and timetables.
  • To attend scheduled supervisory meetings with Program Manager.
  • To maintain assigned financial record keeping and submit requests and/or report accurately and in a timely manner.
  • To adhere to SUD regulations regarding incident reporting, complete all SUD Division and agency required paperwork such as case [progress] notes, times sheets, weekly notes, bookkeeping, mileage, incident reports accurately and submit them in a timely manner.

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