Developmental Disability Specialist I

Fairfax, Virginia
$48,364.37 - $80,606.45 Annually
Apr 13, 2019
Apr 13, 2019
Full Time
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The primary responsibility is to support individuals with a primary diagnosis of intellectual disability and/or developmental disability and other co-occurring diagnoses in a manner consistent with the philosophy and objectives of the group home and in accordance with the individuals' person centered plans. Duties include providing support counseling, education/training, role modeling and physical assistance to enable individuals to perform activities of daily living, enhance communication and socialization skills, learn community awareness and safety, and monitor and attend to health and mobility issues. Direct Support Professionals will be involved in the implementation of behavior programs and teaching appropriate patterns of behavior which may include implementing restrictive techniques in accordance with human rights as specified in the individual's plan or as an emergency response to deal with dangerous behaviors. Some individuals also require specialized supervision due to behavioral/health related issues such as, but not limited to: Alzheimer's Disease or other dementias, seizure disorder, cervical instability of the spine, sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, hearing or visual impairments, being nonverbal or non- ambulatory or other medical issues. Individuals may also be experiencing problems with mental illness; substance use disorder or inappropriate social or sexual behaviors. Ongoing training and support will occur throughout the day in a natural and homelike atmosphere. Individuals will learn to participate as fully as possible in their daily routines with staff providing whatever physical assistance is needed for the upkeep and management of the home as well as the implementation of individual service plans.

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Illustrative Duties

For positions in CSB residential services:
Performs direct support work of individuals with an intellectual and/or developmental disability in their place of supported residence;
Conducts or co-leads recreational, instructional or social skills groups;
Maintains protocols pertaining to work shifts, medical care plans, and financial controls;
Provides liaison with assigned individual's physicians or therapists;
Ensures that program participants are assisted in personal financial management;
Performs the functions of a Certified Medication Handler Disburses medication under proper medical supervision.

For positions in CSB Support Coordination:
Coordinates and leads interdisciplinary team meetings to develop and monitor consumer service plan;
Determines most appropriate services and coordinates with service provider and family to schedule multidisciplinary evaluation.

For positions in CSB Residential and Support Coordination:
Participates in the implementation and review of individual service plans;
Participates in meetings related to services and needs;
Provides or coordinates individual transportation to appointments, meetings, and community activities;
Provides crisis intervention in emergency situations and collaborates with supervisor regarding the need for intervention by external sources, as necessary;
Links clients with appropriate community resources;
Organizes and maintains individual files and other confidential records, including state plan option and non-Medicaid case records;
Provides continuous review and evaluation of individual's progress towards established goals;
Represents program in the community;
Maintains ongoing communication with families, county programs and agencies, and state agencies.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of principles, practices, methods, and techniques related to treatment of individuals with an intellectual disability or other developmental disabilities;
Knowledge of psychiatric, psychological, and/or sociological terminology and concepts;
Knowledge of counseling and interviewing techniques;
Knowledge of case management principles;
Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations, as well as issues relevant to human rights, mandated reporting, and skill in applying this knowledge to a variety of situations;
Knowledge of program services;
Knowledge of community resources, including relevant public and private organizations;
Ability to successfully participate and/or facilitate interdisciplinary team meetings;
Ability to recommend alternatives to allow for individual choice in services
Ability to recognize external behavioral symptoms of developmentally disabled individuals who may concurrently exhibit signs of mental illness or substance abuse;
Ability to maintain records and prepare reports;
Ability to establish rapport and maintain effective relationships with individuals;
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the general public;
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, or a related field.

  • Valid motor vehicle driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or equivalent in another state) at time of appointment and maintained throughout employment with CSB
  • MANDT Certifications within required timeframe after appointment and annually thereafter;
  • First Aid and CPR certification within the required timeframe after appointment and maintained throughout CSB employment;
  • Medication Administration Assistance Certification within required timeframe after appointment.
  • Qualified Intellectual Disability Residential Specialist (QIDRS) Required within 1 month of hire

  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, a driving record check, and sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer.
  • A TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter.
  • This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies).
  • Completion of Direct Support Professional training from DBHDS within 90 days of appointment.

Bachelor's degree in special education, psychology, social work or human services administration.

Ability to drive a county vehicle to transport individuals to various destinations. Ability to physically manage and support ambulatory and non-ambulatory individuals based on their physical management needs to include, but not limited to, transferring, positioning and proper use of physical management equipment. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include exercise

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314 . EEO/AA/TTY.

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