Supported Independence Program (SIP) Tech

Supported Independence Program (SIP) Tech

Supported Independence Program (SIP) Tech

$500 Sign On Bonus after 30 days of employment!

Starting pay: $16.22/hr


What is a Supported Independence Technician?

Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Authority (NEMCMHA) serves people with mental illness, and intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Supported Independence Program (SIP). This program helps individuals with disabilities live their lives as independently as possible, while still offering 24/7 support. SIP Technicians monitor individual's homes using available technology to ensure safety and respond in case of emergencies.




What shifts are available? The tech room runs 24/7 – 365. There are 3 shifts that run 8 hours (morning, afternoon, and nights).

Do I need a license in order to apply? No license required! A strong tech background is welcome, as is a background in dispatch and/or caregiving.




This posting takes place on-site. Due to the nature of the work, remote employment is currently unavailable for this position.





  • High school diploma or GED.


  • One year of experience in working with people with developmental disabilities or similar experience to perform the position at a satisfactory level required.
  • Lived experience with mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and/or substance use disorders valued.


  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record (as determined by the agency).
  • Basic computer skills and good telephone skills.
  • Familiarity with geographic area.
  • Ability to work within a team setting.



As a SIP Technician you will:

  • Be a part of the Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Authority (NEMCMHA) Monitoring Response Team.
  • Serve individuals with an intellectual developmental disability and/or mental illness.
  • Serve under the Monitoring Response Program Supervisor – monitoring the health, safety, and security of multiple individuals simultaneously via the Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) monitors.
  • Monitor a lifeline program that utilizes the individuals telephone line to listen for personal emergencies in their homes.
  • Be required to perform active listening and sitting for long periods of time, and also provide hands-on care in the community or in the individual's home.
  • Provide for the direct care, intervention and support needs of multiple recipients and sites providing immediate response to potential emergency and/or crises situations during the hours when face-to-face staff are not present in individual’s homes.
  • Be responsible for the operation and general maintenance/programming of electronic monitoring systems ensuring that each system is working properly.
  • Monitor incoming auditory cues for indications that immediate support or intervention is needed and take independent, determined action to resolve.
  • Monitor the health, safety and security of designated recipients simultaneously via electronic monitoring systems from a central location and respond to consumers’ needs verbally, in person, or by arranging for the appropriate response at scheduled intervals determined by the service plan as needed or on an emergency basis.
  • Provide support as needed in consumer home and/or community.


  • Short-term disability
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Generous leave time package
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Vision
  • Dental
  • And more!



Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Authority is a CARF accredited behavioral health organization located in Alpena, Michigan on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron. We service Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, and Presque Isle counties with the purpose to provide comprehensive services and supports that enable people to live and work independently.

Our goal is to offer employees the best of both worlds: a positive and exciting work environment with a healthy and balanced home life. Our region offers a peaceful up north living with year round recreational opportunities.

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