PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE DEPARTMENT:
The primary function of the IDD Department is to provide and array of support and training to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to enable them to increase their level of independence and improve their quality of life. This is done in compliance with all federal regulations (including HIPAA), State ODP, and Allegheny County regulations. All services will be delivered in accordance with all TCV policies and procedures
as well as the Agency’s Vision, Mission, and Values.
The workweek for this position is 37.5 hours. The program manager or delegate will establish schedules based on needs of the individuals and of the department. Staff may occasionally be assigned to work at other sites due to consumer attendance. Changes and/or additional hours must be pre-approved by direct supervisor. The schedule is designed to meet program and consumer needs.
DESCRIPTION OF ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Ensure the health and safety of assigned individuals
This position is responsible for following all health, safety protocols outlined in each individual’s ISP. This is done by maintaining compliance with state regulations and through consistent communication / follow-up with all team members including but not limited to family, medical professionals, supports coordinators, behavior consultants, and other TCV staff and supervisors.
Provide supports as outlined in the ISP
- Day / Community Training Specialists are expected to receive training on the ISP before working with individuals, as needs changes and at least annually thereafter. All staff is responsible for implementing the goals, supervision and treatment plans that are documented in the ISP. This includes but is not limited to medical and psychiatric support plans, medication regimens, social, emotional and environmental support plans, behavior support plans, and plans for acquisition of new skills or maintenance of previously acquired skills.
Assist the individual with activities of daily living
- This may include but is not limited to: self-care (bathing, toileting, feeding), home care, daily orientation, accessing community resources, budgeting, leisure time activities, instruction related to cognitive skill development, social skill / self-regulation coaching.
Assist the individual with accessing community resources
Day / Community Training Specialists are expected to locate and coordinate community activities, accompany individuals to and encourage participation in the activities. The purpose of the community participation is to increase the individual’s independence and reinforce their value within their own community.
Completes assigned documentation.
- Day / Community Training Specialists are expected to maintain legible written or electronic documentation to address the individual’s progress and performance in all identified goals on a daily basis. The CP Habilitation Specialist completes incident reports within 24 hours of incident occurrence. Accurate completion of daily and monthly progress notes in Qualifacts, accurate time sheet and expense voucher submission and accurate documentation in Medication Administration Records is essential.
Administers medications accurately
- Some Day / Community Training Specialists may be assigned to complete medication administration training and participate in practicum observations as required. Medication errors are reported through the incident management reporting process by the CP Habilitation Specialist.
Transport individual(s) in agency vehicles or accompany individual(s) when using public transportation:
- Day / Community Training Specialists are expected to maintain a current valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance and an acceptable MVR. Staff is responsible for adhering to all safe driving laws and maintaining a clean vehicle and reporting damage or safety concerns immediately to their supervisor. D/CT Specialists must inform HR of any traffic violations. The D/CT Specialist may also accompany individuals on cabs, busses or other forms of public transportation as required.
- Maintain a safe , clean environment
- Homes, vehicles, and program areas are kept clean and tidy at all times. This may involve sweeping, mopping, dusting, cleaning furniture, organizing items, washing dishes, cleaning bathrooms, doing laundry, or cleaning windows. Hazardous substances, medications, and food are all stored in compliance with 2380 regulations. Safety hazards are reported to supervisory staff immediately to ensure individual safety at all times.
Maintain a professional, productive environment
- This position may be asked to participate in team meetings, to communicate with families, supports coordinators, team members, and / or medical professionals. It is expected that the D/CT Specialist will treat all individuals, peers, the Agency, and other team members respectfully and courteously in all verbal and written correspondences.
- Complete ODP Community Participation online training within 30 days of hire
- Assist with all personal care routines as required including feeding, toileting, self regulation, and maintaining a clean safe environment as appropriate
- Complete basic orientation, fire safety training, and general first aid training before working with individuals
- Complete 24 hours of human service training annually
- Receive annual first aid / CPR by a certified instructor
- Implement the philosophies of Positive Approaches and Everyday Lives to promote independence and maximize satisfaction of the individual(s) served
- Receive annual fire safety training by a fire expert
- Maintain accurate documentation of daily activities, progress, and performance
Physical Effort: This position requires walking, hearing, talking, pushing, pulling, climbing stairs, writing, reading, and driving. Lifting of individuals may be required. Interaction with individuals engaging in aggressive or inappropriate behavior may be required.
Work Environment and Conditions: This position is in a 2380 licensed facility and in the community. Staff will be taking individuals into the community to participate in meaningful activities that promote independence and self-worth. Staff will be closely interacting with individuals who are diagnosed with intellectual / developmental disabilities some with behavioral problems and may have exposure to communicable diseases. This position may involve frequent interaction with other professional support team members or family members. Frequent use of agency vehicles which may include wheelchair lift vans is expected.
Machines, Tools, Instruments, Equipment, and Materials Used: This position requires regular use of computers, email, copiers, phones, cell phones, fax machines, calculators, and agency vehicles (which may have a wheelchair lift). Use of household equipment such as stove, microwaves, coffee machines, etc. is required.
Safety for Others: This individual is required to use good judgment as many decisions are made which will impact the safety of individuals or other staff and could defuse a potentially serious situation. Unsafe situations must be reported to supervisor immediately.
Basic understanding of Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities. Ability to do basic math in order to assist with managing individual expenditures. Ability to communicate with individuals who may have receptive or expressive communication challenges. Ability to set appropriate boundaries to maintain therapeutic relationships with others.
Candidates must meet all federal clearance required by regulations and maintain a clean drivers records to maintain driving priviledges.
ONGOING TRAINING, LICENSE, OR CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
New Hire training – completed within one month
HIPAA – annually
Compliance Plan – annually
Confidentiality – annually
Bloodborne Pathogens / Universal Precautions – annually
Fire Safety – annually
Incident Reporting – annually
Client Rights – annually
Restrictive Procedures – annually
First Aid / CPR – certifications as required
24 hours of training in human services – annually
Comprehensive Crisis Management Training – annually
ADDITIONAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Prior experience working with individuals diagnosed with intellectual / developmental disabilities is preferred. Knowledge of Department of Labor subminimum wage standards and practices may be beneficial. Knowledge of Office of Developmental Programs 6400 regulations is preferred.
High School Diploma or GED, Valid PA Driver’s License in good standing, 18 years of age or older, Act 33/34 and Child Abuse Clearances and FBI fingerprint clearances where required
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents in this position.
Incumbents may be requested to perform job related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.