In the Department of Developmental Services this class is accountable for acting as part of a team in an intensive programming effort designed for the care, guidance, supervision and training of clients.
Initially works under the close supervision of a Developmental Services Worker or other employee of higher grade; works more independently with acquired experience.
Generally does not exercise supervision.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Receives training in, then independently implements, policies and procedures designed to achieve objectives of a program for persons with mental retardation; provides assistance and instruction to clients in activities of daily living; participates in therapeutic programs for development of clients capabilities; provides guidance and instruction to clients in development of desirable personal habits, hygiene and social relationships; implements client individual program plans; participates in preparation, serving and feeding of meals; performs housekeeping duties necessary to maintain a clean and healthy environment; participates in social and recreational activities; reinforces appropriate client behavior through modification techniques; may administer selected oral medications with appropriate training; performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Considerable interpersonal skills; ability to develop a positive relationship with clients; ability to train clients in self care habits, personal hygiene and proper social conduct; ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Experience and/or training that could be expected to provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.
Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's license, Public Passenger Endorsement or Commercial Driver's license for designated positions.
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 significant exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive/abusive clients; may be exposed to strongly disagreeable conditions.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Developmental Services Worker 1 in Salary Group HN 14 approved effective July 4, 2008. (Revised to modify Special Requirements)