Supported Independence Program (SIP) Worker

$500 Sign On Bonus after 30 days of employment!

Part-time | Salary: $16.22 per hour

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Part-time Benefits:

Short-term disability

10 paid holidays

Generous leave time package

Employee Assistance Program



and more!

Full-time Benefits:

Health Insurance

Dental Insurance

Vision Insurance

Life Insurance

Pension Plan


10 Paid Holidays

Generous leave time package

Qualify for loan forgiveness

And more!

What is the Supported Independence Program?

Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health’s Supported Independence Program (SIP), enables individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and mental illness to live independently in their own homes. SIP Workers visit the home regularly to help the individuals with daily upkeep and teaching them the basics of independent living. From chore charts to budgeting, this job requires patience, grace, and compassion. We’re looking for someone who reflects these traits and who can prove to be flexible and reliable for the needs of those we serve.


Do I need a license in order to apply? No! We gladly accept CNA, DCW, and RTW candidates for this position, but a full license is not necessary to apply.


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 preferred.
  • Knowledge of developmental disabilities and of people with developmental disabilities desirable.
  • 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).
  • Must have the availability to work a varied schedule.
  • Ability to work within a team setting.
  • Good communication skills—both verbal and written—are required.
  • Must be able to understand and follow oral instructions and read, comprehend, and follow written instructions, medication orders and individual program plans.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment, i.e., knowing when to ask for guidance, is essential.

As a SIP Worker you…

  • provide a wide variety of services and supports to individuals who are living in their own houses, apartments, or are transitioning to a community based living environment.
  • will complete the required training that includes Gentle Teaching working with people as well as participate in in-services or additional training as needed to meet the needs of individuals or their households.
  • will assist with personal care and activities of daily living as well as teaching the skills needed to maintain one’s own home.
  • must have good judgment, be a positive role model and be able to communicate respectfully and effectively with the people served and their support team.
  • will help support and guide individuals as they make relevant choices and will support and encourage their movement toward a more independent, integrated life style.
  • will continually evaluate and help individuals develop natural supports and positive community friendships.
  • will transport individuals, support them in community activities, at medical appointments, shopping and leisure; will provide safe and accurate medication assistance; provide physical assistance and use assistive devices for transferring individuals, according to individual program plans and individual Plan of Service.
  • will support participants in learning about and using community resources and facilities.
  • provide for the safety and well-being of individuals while supporting them to learn and apply safety skills within their own households as well as in the community.
  • will provide support to assist and teach the individual how to plan meals, shop for ingredients, and prepare nutritious low-cost meals.
  • will accurately complete and maintain data collection, providing verbal and written reports and communication as required.

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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