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Community Support Worker - Medical Respite

Behavioral Health Services

Washington, DC
ID: 850-136

The Community Support Worker is responsible for conducting community support activities. In this role, the Community Support Worker provides client services that are essential for assisting the client in the achievement of rehabilitation and recovery goals as defined in the client’s Individualized Service Plan.



Required – Candidates must have completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education: or have at least three years of experience in a relevant human service field. A minimum requirement of at least one-year of related human service activities. Excellent writing skills, knowledge of computer, must have own transportation. Experience working in a community based and multi-cultural setting is preferred.


Preferred – Candidates possess a Bachelor’s degree in the health or human services field.


Successful candidates must be able to develop effective working relationships with the clients we serve, be self-motivated and able to motivate others, be able to relate to individuals making significant life decision, possess strong organizational skills, and have strong oral and written communication skills. The individual must also be computer proficient.


  • This position requires driving the company vehicle (up to 15 passengers) and/or your personal vehicle for company business including transporting clients/residents. Must be privileged to drive according to the criteria set forth by Agency MVR guidelines.
  • Valid driver’s license in jurisdiction of residence
  • Vehicle liability coverage if driving personal vehicle (will be required to transport clients in personal vehicle)
  • May be required to drive a van
  • Acceptable DOH background check, FBI Fingerprint, OIG Exclusion check
  • Negative Drug/TB Screening and Health Certificate
  • CPR/First Aid Certification must be acquired and maintained once employed


  • Manage a caseload 20 adults
  • Assist clients in the development of interpersonal and community coping skills.
  • Assist clients in the development of relapse and symptom management strategies and plans.
  • Participate in the preparation of the Individualized Service Plan with specific, measurable, behavioral objectives, and action plans.
  • Provide and coordinate referrals to make sure that the client receives the requested assistance.
  • Conducts visits to the client’s job site, home, hospital room and other natural settings.
  • Transport clients in personal vehicle as needed
  • Transport or coordinate transportation for clients as needed
  • Adheres to Volunteers of America Chesapeake’s documentation requirements
  • Documents all billable activities within 48 hours of services
  • Meet weekly with the Treatment Team to discuss programmatic issues.
  • Establish and maintain a community resources and referral index.
  • Provide crisis intervention to clients as necessary.
  • Perform duties as outlined in Program’s Operation Manual.
  • Perform duties as assigned, including but not limited to food preparation, assisting with ADL’s, facilitating group activities.
  • Meet assigned weekly/monthly productivity requirements (400 units per month)


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