Direct Care Staff I - GARP
Substance Use & Recovery
Direct Care Staff I
Employment Type: Full Time (Evening and Overnight wanted)
Program/Location: Gándara Addiction Recovery Program (GARP), Springfield, MA
We’re looking for Residential/ Direct Care Staff I to work at our Gándara Addiction Recovery Program (GARP), establishing open communication, support, and accountability among workers and consumers. The Residential Staff I is accountable to the SUD Program Manager, who is responsible for providing supervision and training. The Residential Staff I is one who actively promotes the philosophy of the SUD Program, and maintains a high level of commitment to the program. This individual will respect the dignity of each individual through vigorous promotion of the human and civil rights which, in part, strives to keep people free from abuse or neglect and recognize that ethnic and cultural diversity of each individual must be valued and respected.
Duties and Responsibilities
- To assist members daily in the enhancement of their ADL (activities of daily living) skills through practical experience and training both individually and in groups.
- To promote the right of people with mental retardation to exercise choice and to make meaningful decisions in their lives.
- To ensure that adequate services and flexible resources are non-intrusive, cost effective and provided by qualified, trained personnel to meet individual needs and preferences.
- To provide case management, outreach and advocacy to members, and be accountable for the quality and quantity of casework.
- To develop strong, supportive relationships with the clients.
- To provide for client care and safety, and observe all safety measures; provide safety responses to emergency situations when necessary.
- To interact with clients in order to assess needs, provide information, discuss problems, set limits and encourage growth and development.
- To empower individuals and their families to speak out for themselves and others, initiate ideas, have choices and make decisions about needed supports.
- To enhance public awareness of the valuable roles persons with mental retardation assume in society through promotion of physical and social integration.
- To provide entry to services through a single, local and familiar setting and recognizing the dignity of achievement understanding these services lead to meaningful benefits.
- To provide crisis intervention, monitor clients’ progress and act as a client advocate.
- To assist members in planning, implementing and leading scheduled activities, to assess members’ participation, motivation and interest in these activities.
- To perform other duties as assigned by the Program Manager.
- High School Diploma or equivalent required.
- Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in human service field preferred.
- Minimum of 1 year of experience working with psychiatric clients preferred.
- Must have valid driver’s license and safe driving history.
- Must be bilingual, preferably bi-cultural (English/Spanish).
- Must have availability of an automobile to transport clients or perform other supportive services as necessary.
- Retirement Plan 403[b]
- Health Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Paid Vacations
- 12 paid Holidays & 8 Discretionary days a year
The Gandara Mental Health Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Gándara Center provides residential, mental health, substance abuse and preventive services for children, adults and families across the Pioneer Valley and eastern parts of Massachusetts. Founded in the Hispanic community, we value cultural diversity and strive to provide culturally competent, innovative services to a diverse community.
This position is located at 33 Arch Street, Springfield, MA. View the Google Map in full screen.