In the Department of Developmental Services, within a regional Supported Living Program/Individual Supports, this class is accountable for implementing programs, providing care, guidance, training and supervision of clients living in the community.
Works under the limited supervision of a Supervising Developmental Services Worker or employee of higher grade.
May lead lower level employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Implements programs and monitors an assigned caseload of clients living in a community setting; functions as a member of an interdisciplinary team and participates in service delivery plan process for clients; provides guidance and support for clients to develop independent living skills; participates in and assists clients with activities of daily living; assists clients in accessing goods, services and supports required for independent living without 24 hour supports; reinforces appropriate client behavior through modification techniques; responsible for clients health and safety; observes and reports client behavior; serves as advocate for government subsidies and redetermination hearings; transports clients; acts as liaison to clients and their families or various community agencies or organizations; provides concise and accurate reports and documentation; may make recommendations on policies or standards; may administer and track medications with appropriate certification; may administer first aid in emergency situations; may schedule and attend appointments with clients; may maintain clients financial records; may restrain clients; performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Knowledge of modern methods of working with persons with mental retardation and other related conditions; knowledge of safety, hygiene and health practices and procedures; knowledge of state and federal assistance programs; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and procedures; some knowledge of medication administration and effects of medication; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to recognize and report behavioral changes; ability to coordinate and collaborate effectively with individuals, groups and families; ability to work independently and make decisions.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
One (1) year of experience in direct residential support services to persons with mental retardation and other related conditions at the level of a Developmental Services Worker 1 (or equivalent experience in a human service field).
Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in Americal Sign Language.
Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator license.
Incumbents in this class may be required to be certified in medicine administration.
Incumbents in this class may need to possess and maintain a public service endorsement.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class must possess physical and emotional health for efficient performance of duties; a physical examination may be required.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain clients; may have exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive/abusive clients; may be exposed to disagreeable conditions.
This replaces the existing title of and specification for the class of Mental Retardation Supported Living Worker in Salary Group HN 18 approved effective July 1, 2001. (Revised to modify content)