SMI    Children/Adolescent  Substance Abuse  DD

LINES OF AUTHORITY: This position is supervised by the Respite Care Coordinator in conjunction with the Program Director.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Respite Care Worker is responsible for assisting and/or training customers with developmental disabilities in their homes or out in the community in areas stated in their ISPP.


  1.    Adhere to personnel policies and comply with agency requirements for  ethical and professional behavior.

  2.  Provide a caring and encouraging environment for learning.

  3.  Provide for the personal needs of the customers, which may occur during treatment.

  4.  Treat customers with the dignity and respect.

  5.  Individualize each customer=s program to meet his or her needs.

  6.  Provide customer transportation.

  7.  Communicate effectively with customers.

  8.  Administer customer objectives and strategies.

  9.    Complete and submit all required documents (i.e., monthly summaries, data sheets, service notes, etc.), in a timely manner.

  10. This position requires positive and active support of the company, the

  customer and the co-worker.

  11. Must participate in quality management and quality improvement activities.

  12. Promotes quality and safety to help maintain a safe and pleasant work

  environment, follows safety regulations, and actively contributes towards a

  safe workplace.

  13. Performs other duties as assigned by the Program Director. 


Frequent interaction with customers and their support system, usually

  family and other personnel. 


Qualifications And Experience


Current Arizona Driver's License. 

CPR and First Aid certification.

Fingerprint Clearance.

Knowledge and ability to define the needs of the customer served.

Comply with a Drug Free workplace.

Must be at least 21 years of age.

  For Those Working With SMI:

1.  Knowledge of symptoms related to qualifying diagnosis.

2.  Ability to identify and communicate signs of regression and deterioration.

3.  Knowledge of interventions to foster self care and ADL skill  development.

    For Those Working With Children/Adolescent:

1.  Knowledge and training in development stages and interface of  development with childhood disorder. 

2.  Knowledge of Behavior Management and ability to develop age-  appropriate interventions.

3.  Able to communicate at an age-appropriate level.

    For Those Working With Substance Abuse:

1. Able to identify signs and symptoms of Substance Abuse and Chemical  Dependency. 

2.  Knowledge of range of treatment for dependence including relapse,  prevention, strategies and self help groups.

3.  Able to provide a diagnostic impression per DSM IV criteria for  Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency.

4.  Knowledge of history of substance dependence and of the  biopsychosocial influences and effects of dependencies.

  For Those Working With DD:

1.  Knowledge of symptoms related to qualifying diagnosis.

2.  Ability to identify and communicate signs of regression and deterioration.

3.  Knowledge of Article 9 (customer rights) of State requirements.

4.  Knowledge of Customer Intervention Techniques relative to self care  and ADL skills.


Six months experience in working with Developmentally Disabled.



Fluent in English both verbally and in writing. 


Able to effectively employ analytical and problem-solving skills.

Able to travel.


Ability to meet deadlines for project completion.

Ability to organize, and schedule work to maintain efficient work flow.

Ability to work forty (40) hours per week.


Physical Requirements

Frequent sitting, standing, walking, lifting, bending, and squatting.

Ability to in lift customers.

Able to hear ordinary conversation and phone communications.

Visual capacity necessary to fulfill documentation, responsibilities of job.

Negative TB Skin Test.

Emotional Capabilities

Able to work with customers who are Developmentally Disabled and require  patience.

Equipment Operation

  Able to operate general office equipment.

Able to operate company vehicles.

Able to operate vehicle wheel chair lift.

Environmental Conditions

  Air conditioned and/or heated office setting or customer home. 



  Will accommodate as appropriate and reasonable.


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