Direct Care Counselor-Residential

Developmental Disabilities Institute - Huntington, NY3.6

Full-timeEstimated: $20,000 - $27,000 a year
Developmental Disabilities Institute, DDI, is one of the largest providers of care to children and adults with Autism, developmental disabilities and other special needs. DDI has been a part of Long Island for over 50 years serving over 1,500 children and adults with Autism, other developmental disabilities and special needs. DDI provides innovative and expansive services to our population through various residential services, day habilitation programs and vocational services.

Our Community Instructors play an important part in the lives of our individuals. Community Instructors working in our residential programs will assist individuals in all aspects of daily living including personal hygiene, cooking, house cleaning, laundry, leading a healthy lifestyle, shopping, budgeting, maintaining appropriate behavior, and community integration.

Teach and assist individuals in all activities of daily living. ADL’s include, but are not limited to personal hygiene including toileting, cooking, house cleaning, laundry, leading a healthy lifestyle, shopping, budgeting, maintaining appropriate behavior, and community integration
Complete all required trainings, and participate in Peer Mentoring Program, inservice workshops, and recertification trainings as required
Participate in semi-annual IDT, quarterly, staff meetings, and staffings as required
Advocate for the rights of the individual(s) we serve
Help individual(s) build relationships, and maintain relationships with family and friends
Follow individual(s) daily activity/classroom schedule, implementing all formal goals and protocols of individuals you are assigned to
Data collection – goals, protocols, outings, SUB’s, progress notes, recreation/fitness logs
Obtain certification for, and administer medications under the supervision of assigned nursing staff (AMAP), if required.
Fulfill responsibilities of primary advocate (paperwork, advocacy, programming)
Instruction and documentation, participation in development and revisions of formal goals and protocols in accordance with the CFA/ISP, and behavior plans
Accompany individuals on medical appointments, jobs, and community activities, if applicable.
Complete incident reports and SCIP-R reports as necessary
Knowledge and accurate implementation of Emergency Procedures
Demonstrated knowledge of all OPWDD and DDI policy and procedures as they pertain to individuals supported, and documentation of such
Ensure the vans are clean and vehicle problems are written down and addressed through the Site Supervisor/Manager

High school/Equivalency diploma
Some college preferred
Prior experience working with developmentally disabled adults preferred
Valid NYS driver’s license required 18+ months
Obtain and maintain SCIP (Strategies for Crisis Intervention Prevention) Certification, CPR, First aid and other certifications as required