Respite service focuses on short-term assistance and/or relief for children/youth with disabilities (developmental, physical and/or behavioral), and family/caregivers which can be provided in a planned mode or delivered in a crisis environment.
|Job Summary:||Respite service focuses on short-term assistance and/or relief for children/youth with disabilities (developmental, physical and/or behavioral), and family/caregivers which can be provided in a planned mode or delivered in a crisis environment. Respite workers supervise the child/youth and engage the child in activities that support his/her and or caregiver/family’s constructive interests and abilities. Respite Service providers will offer services with a level of expertise in understanding and implementing behavioral/developmental interventions required to support optimal functioning for children/youth. Respite Service providers will regularly communicate the details of the child/youth’s intervention plan so that there is a carryover of skill from the respite.|
|Duties & Responsibilities:||Provide planned short-term relief for family/caregivers that are needed to enhance the family/caregiver’s ability to support the child/youth’s functional, mental health/substance use disorder and/or health care issues. Provide direct care for the child/youth to support the child/youth’s needs while providing relief from caregiver activities for the family/caregiver. Provide community respite services in a short-term increment of time (usually for 4-hours during the day). Help the child/youth to attain his/her Treatment Plan goals by providing support and coaching. Provide supervision and engage the child/youth in community recreational activities that match the child/youth's developmental stage and continue to maintain the participant’s health and safety. Crisis Respite: Provide short-term care and intervention strategy for children/youth and their families as a result of a child’s mental health/substance use crisis event, medical crisis or trauma that creates a risk for an escalation of symptoms without supports and/or a loss of functioning. Help child/youth to regain control and stability during acutely challenging emotional or medical crisis when the child/youth is unable to manage without intensive assistance and support. Provide Crisis Respite as a part of a step-down plan from an inpatient setting after such respite is deemed necessary from the emergency room, the community, LDSS/LGU/SPOA, school, self-referrals and Care Manager referrals.|
|Education & Experience:||SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This job has no supervisory responsibilities. CULTURAL AND SOCIOECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS: Ability to interact with and complete assignments in a manner sensitive to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics. LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to communicate effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance. REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. EDUCATION: High School Diploma required. One (1) year of experience working with children, special education or related preferred. Must be able to competently demonstrate the functional skills required.|
|CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS:||Valid Driver’s License|
|Training Completion Requirement Prior to Service Delivery:||Mandated Reporter. Personal Safety and Safety in The Community. Strength Based Approaches. OMH recommended suicide prevention training (Safe Talk). Domestic Violence Signs and Basic Interventions|
|Physical Requirements:||While performing the duties of this job, the employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.|
|*||Saint Dominic's Family Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans).|