Direct Care Worker- SUD Program
Company: Gandara Mental Health Center
Posted on: December 4, 2019
Direct Care Worker- SUD Program51-379
Direct Care I & II Staff Worker - SUD Program
Locations: various across the Greater Springfield MA area
*New Hire and Employee Transfer Bonus*
$250 after 3 months of employment; $250 after 6 months of
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.
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
- 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
- To develop strong, supportive relationships with the
- To provide for client care and safety, and observe all safety
measures; provide safety responses to emergency situations when
- To interact with clients in order to assess needs, provide
information, discuss problems, set limits and encourage growth and
- 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
- To attend scheduled supervisory meetings with Program
- 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
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
- Ability to work with the mentally challenged
- Ability to structure and organize job responsibilities with
- Ability to master and organize job responsibilities with
- Ability to master mandated training, such as but not limited to
First Aid, CPR. Defensive Driving, Fire Safety, and Administering
Medication, Basic Human Rights.
- Demonstrates good math, verbal and written communication
- Displays sound judgment and works well as a team player.
- High School Diploma or equivalent required.
- Associate's degree or bachelor's degree in human service field
- Minimum of 1 year of experience working with psychiatric
- Must have valid driver's license and safe driving
- Must be bilingual, preferably bi-cultural
- Must have availability of an automobile to transport clients or
perform other supportive services as necessary.
- This position is a 40 hour a week position, five (5), seven (8)
hour days unless agreed upon by the Program Manager. Shift hours
may vary. Additionally, he/she is required to works some holidays,
overnights and weekends. This position entails working in client
homes. Working conditions also include frequent travel between the
program and client homes, to and from scheduled activities,
appointments, etc. This job at times entails going into high crimes
neighborhoods and also involved being exposed to smoking
environments, and at risk populations.
III. Program and Staff Success Factors
- To be flexible in accommodating 40 hours of work per week in
order to adapt to the hours required for the program's operation as
planned and requested by the Program Manager.
- To use constructive and referral services within and outside of
the Agency on behalf of the consumer.
- To provide supervision as indicated of the consumer's
prescribed medications and record this in his/her progress
- To adhere to program and agency policies and
- To work closely with other Direct Care 1 Staff to better
coordinate and service the consumer; to become proficient in the
Social Competency Model within the scope of SUD Division
- Represent the Agency in a professional manner.
- Patience and compassion.
- High energy level; self-initiated.
- Performs well under stress and in the event of a
- Open, direct interpersonal style of communication.
- Dependable, committed and motivated.
- Organized and efficient.
- Ability to maintain good attendance.
- Retirement Plan 403[b]
- Health Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Paid Vacations
- 11 paid Holidays & 8 Discretionary days a year
- Hiring Bonus Plan!
Please attach your Resume/CV. For additional inquiries, call our
office 413-736-8329 ext 1038.
G--ndara Center provides residential, mental health, substance
abuse and preventive services for children, adults and families
across the Pioneer Valley and eastern parts of Massachusetts.
Founded in the Hispanic community, we value cultural diversity and
strive to provide culturally competent, innovative services to a
Springfield, MA, Massachusetts, United States
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