Supported Independence Program (SIP) Worker

Supported Independence Program (SIP) Worker

Benefits:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Pension Plan
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Generous leave time package
  • Mileage Reimbursement

Responsibilities:

The SIP worker provides 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.  He or she will complete the required training that includes Gentle Teaching Working With People as well as participate in inservices or additional training as needed to meet the needs of individuals or their households.  The SIP worker will assist with personal care and activities of daily living as well as teaching the skills needed to maintain ones own home.  The SIP worker 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.The worker 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. The worker will continually evaluate and help individuals develop natural supports and positive community friendships.  The worker 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.  SIP worker 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.  The worker 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.The ability to embrace and practice the philosophies and tools of gentle teaching. Demonstrate the ability to promote integration into the community for the individual that adheres to “person-centered planning”. Demonstrate effective collaboration and coordination with community resources. Must successfully complete the Gentle Teaching –Working with People class and the SIP curriculum training offered by the agency. Attend meetings as required or requested by the supervisor. Work cooperatively and communicate effectively with staff, families, the individuals  served, and a wide range of people in the community. Provides an environment which promotes individual choice in all areas including selection of community activities, staffing, home environment etc. Demonstrates knowledge of universal precautions, emergency protocol, and standards of practice including but not limited to confidentiality and recipient rights, and emergency protocol. Must remain composed under pressure and possess the ability to react calmly to situations involving challenging behaviors and crisis. Nurtures, comforts and assures available opportunity for open communication and interdependence between the person served and staff.

 

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED preferred.

  •  Knowledge of intellectual/developmental disabilities preferred.  

  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written, are required.  Computer literacy is required.  

  • Ability to work independently and excercise good judgement.

  • Valid driver's license and good driving record.

  • Lived experience with mental illness and developmental disabilities, and/or substance use disorders valued.

 

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $25,625 to $31,574/year


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