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DSP II - Active Treatment Assistant(SIGN ON BONUS)

Company: Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Location: El Paso
Posted on: August 6, 2022

Job Description:

Come work in an environment where we truly value and respect those we serve and believe in the mission that all people can achieve a higher level of wellness and independence.

The state supported living centers serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are medically fragile or who have behavioral problems. The centers provide campus-based direct services and supports at 13 centers located throughout the state. Learn About Our State Supported Living Centers

The state of Texas offers many benefits to employees. HHSC is a qualifying organization for the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which forgives the remaining balance on college student Direct Loans after making 120 qualifying monthly payments. We also offer excellent health benefits, a lifetime monthly retirement annuityas well as 401(k) and 457 Programs under the Employees Retirement System of Texas.

If you are looking for a place to work where you can establish a career that is filled with purpose, this is the job for you!

The Active Treatment Coordinator works under the direct supervision of the Active Treatment Coordinator Supervisor. Works under moderate supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. The Active Treatment Coordinator performs moderately complex human services support work to include but not limited to: Organizing and coordinating leisure activities for individuals served which is age appropriate, based on their individualized interests, and is meaningful in reaching their goals. Monitoring that individuals served are provided with a variety of quality leisure opportunities on campus, as well as in the local community settings. Providing information to individuals served and responsible staff, regarding activities being offered on and off campus. Following-up with individuals served and staff to verify quality of activities and services and assist with adjusting activities and services to better meet the individuals needs and preferences. Preparing and providing feedback reports to the Active Treatment Coordinator Supervisor regarding the on-going monitoring of activities and services offered. Working closely with the Active Treatment Coordinator Supervisor and Recreation Program Manager. Maintaining inventory and ordering recreational supplies on each home in their respective unit assigned. Developing initiative and imaginative ideas to insure individuals are engaged in meaningful and functional activities. Monitoring scheduled activities to ensure quality delivery of active treatment services. This position is required to drive a state-owned vehicle.

Essential Job Functions:

Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

Establish and maintain positive, supportive relationships with individuals served, family members and friends, and employees.

Coordinates activities for individuals living at the State Supported Living Center that is appropriate to their level of functioning.

Providing oversight as activities are conducted and following-up to ensure quality active treatment and services are provided that meet with individuals' satisfaction.

Prepares written documentation and reports, regarding monitoring of activities provided and outcomes of observations, quarterly or as requested.

Maintains professional and effective communications with Active Treatment Coordinator Supervisor, Recreational Program Manager and Home Managers.

Ensures the availability of supplies and resources necessary for functional and appropriate activities.

Provides assistance, as needed, in transporting of individuals going on scheduled activities and in emergency situations.

Inspect work spaces and equipment for hazardous conditions, taking necessary action to correct any unsafe conditions. Reports unsafe conditions as needed to immediate supervisor.

Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:

Ability to demonstrate dedication to public service and care for people with developmental disabilities, commitment to excellence in service delivery, personal integrity and recognition of the individual worth and common needs of all people and should have a history of establishing positive relationships with individuals, family members and friends and co-workers.

Knowledge of individual care techniques and treatment, therapy, and developmental programs.

Ability to provide individual care, administer first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), to conduct Safe Use of Restraint (SUR), to communicate effectively, and to train others.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Valid Texas driver's license or ability to obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date, is required. Must possess valid Texas driver's license or obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date. Applicants with an out-of-state driver's license must provide an original certified driving record from the state of driving licensure. Eligible driving record required based on HHSC Fleet Management policy.

Initial Selection Criteria:

One year experience in direct individual care work or graduation from a standard senior high school or equivalent Additional Information:

Requisition Number 523860

Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aide, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct and HHS OIG List of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18 - 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to Random drug testing.

Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours. Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.

All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process.

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

Personal protective equipment required and provided

Temperature screenings

Social distancing guidelines in place

Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

Vaccines available for employees

MOS Code:

There are no Military occupations that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For additional information, see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx

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HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

Keywords: Texas Health & Human Services Commission, El Paso , DSP II - Active Treatment Assistant(SIGN ON BONUS), Other , El Paso, Texas

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