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Direct Care Counselor - Residential Program

Developmental Disabilities Institute positions in Suffolk/Nassau counties Full-Time/Part-Time
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Developmental Disabilities Institute, DDI, is one of the largest providers of care to children and adults with Autism, developmental disabilities and other special needs. DDI has been a part of Long Island for over 50 years serving over 1,500 children and adults with Autism, other developmental disabilities and special needs. DDI provides innovative and expansive services to our population through various residential services, day habilitation programs and vocational services.

Our Community Instructors/Direct Care Counselors play an important part in the lives of our individuals. Community Instructors working in our residential programs will assist individuals in all aspects of daily living including personal hygiene, cooking, house cleaning, laundry, leading a healthy lifestyle, shopping, budgeting, maintaining appropriate behavior, and community integration.

  • Teach and assist individuals in all activities of daily living. ADL’s include, but are not limited to personal hygiene including toileting, cooking, house cleaning, laundry, leading a healthy lifestyle, shopping, budgeting, maintaining appropriate behavior, and community integration
  • Complete all required trainings, and participate in Peer Mentoring Program, inservice workshops, and recertification trainings as required
  • Participate in semi-annual IDT, quarterly, staff meetings, and staffings as required
  • Advocate for the rights of the individual(s) we serve 
  • Help individual(s) build relationships, and maintain relationships with family and friends 
  • Follow individual(s) daily activity/classroom schedule, implementing all formal goals and protocols of individuals you are assigned to 
  • Data collection – goals, protocols, outings, SUB’s, progress notes, recreation/fitness logs 
  • Obtain certification for, and administer medications under the supervision of assigned nursing staff (AMAP), if required.
  • Fulfill responsibilities of primary advocate (paperwork, advocacy, programming)
  • Instruction and documentation, participation in development and revisions of formal goals and protocols in accordance with the CFA/ISP, and behavior plans  
  • Accompany individuals on medical appointments, jobs, and community activities, if applicable.
  • Complete incident reports and SCIP-R reports as necessary
  • Knowledge and accurate implementation of Emergency Procedures 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of all OPWDD and DDI policy and procedures as they pertain to individuals supported, and documentation of such 
  • Ensure the vans are clean and vehicle problems are written down and addressed through the Site Supervisor/Manager
  • High school/Equivalency diploma
  • Some college preferred
  • Prior experience working with developmentally disabled adults preferred  
  • Valid NYS driver’s license required 18+ months
  • Obtain and maintain SCIP (Strategies for Crisis Intervention Prevention) Certification, CPR, First aid and other certifications as required

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