Access Supports

Direct Support Professional IV (SHAW) 2889

Location: Orange County Central, NY


Make A Difference In A Life, Especially Yours !!


Full Time (40 Hours Weekly)

Fri - Tue 3pm - 11pm

Location:  Middletown, NY 

Percent Of Travel Required: 

As need based on local community activities


Job Description:

Direct Support Professionals work as part of an interdisciplinary team (MSC, Clinical staff, families, advocates, etc.) providing services to adults with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to help our individuals live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Depending on the needs of the individuals, Direct Support Professionals provide assistance with living skills development, health maintenance and medication administration, personal care, and behavioral development.


Direct Support Professionals work in a number of settings including Group Homes (small residential homes or apartments that serve 2-8 people), Day Programs (living skills & pre-employment training),Home & Community Based Services Habilitation Planning (in-home care and supports), and Vocational Rehabilitation (job skill training and job placement).


Working under the direction of a Supervisor, Direct Support Professionals work to provide services that enrich the lives of our individuals. An emphasis is placed on creating a family- environment that encourages the individuals to self direct and experience their life to the fullest. Direct Support Professionals assist the individuals in participating in daily and weekly activities of their choice or as needed such as shopping going to movies, enjoying hobbies, etc. Direct Support Professionals also assist, advocate and support individuals to be fully integrated into their communities.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


Providing our individuals with the highest quality of care and services is our mission. The Agency has an unwavering commitment to quality, ethics, and helping people fulfill their dreams and goals. Employees are expected to perform their duties and responsibilities aligned with our Vision and Values. Occassions may occur where coverage and assistance is needed within geographical area.


Some of the duties and responsibilities vary in intensity and frequency from daily total care to frequent or occasional verbal and emotional support depending on the assignment.


Advocacy—Assists individuals with achieving personal outcomes; works on behalf of individuals to overcome barriers; helps individuals participate in activities of their choice; respects individual’s personal beliefs, choices, and interests


Health Maintenance—Provides care and assistance to promote good health; helps individuals receive medical care and communicates with medical professionals; administers medications according to physician instructions; records information regarding health events, conditions, and status; provides First Aid/CPR and seeks emergency medical care when needed


Personal Care—Helps individuals with eating, grooming, dressing, bathing, and toileting; assists individuals with their mobility including lifting them from a seated or lying down position, helping them walk and maintain stability


Living Skills Development—Helps individuals develop living skills such as cooking, money management, household shopping, doing laundry, personal hygiene, etc; teaches work-related skills and job preparedness; supports individuals in job search process and maintaining job performance; Additionally, assist with developing relationships connected to natural supports and records progress on skill development and achievement


Behavior Development—Serves as role model and mentor, demonstrating the desired behaviors, and coaches the individuals using approved techniques and strategies; uses approved physical intervention techniques when necessary to protect individuals and others


Operational Support—Maintains cleanliness of program; drives company vehicle to transport individuals to their activities; completes tasks that are beyond the individual’s abilities; follows policies and procedures for handling money


Professional Behavior—Acts in a professional manner and visionary manner and communicates effectively with others; completes training programs; attends required meetings




In order to perform these functions and meet the requirements put forth by Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, applicants for the Direct Support Professional position must: 1) be able to legally work in the United States; 2) be 18 years of age or 21 for positions that require the employee to be a driver; 3) for assignments that require the employee to drive a vehicle, must meet the qualifications of a driver as established by our insurance carrier and

4) be able to pass a background check and receive a fingerprint clearance; and ) be able to provide 3 verifiable non-family references including 1 previous employer.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Ability

Because of the essential duties and responsibilities of the DSP position, applicants for the

position must:  be able to lift up to 50 lbs, be able to walk, bend, squat, turn in the knees, back, wrists and shoulders, and grasp with both hands (in order to properly perform the techniques taught in CPR/First Aid, Client Intervention Techniques (SCIP), and safe Lifting and Carrying Techniques); be able to communicate and produce service documentation effectively and be able to complete the Agency training programs and successfully pass associated tests to meet competency requirements;  employees must be able to pass a TB test.



Working Conditions

While working as a DSP, employees may be required to deal with the following conditions must be prepared for the follow:

1) unconventional atypical work schedules— (The Agency operates programs and services 24/7, 365 days a year); 2) possible exposure to blood borne pathogens; 3) possible exposure to profanity, violent, and/or offensive behavior from the individuals.


Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with some experience with clinically challenged/dually diagnosed population/individual with forensic backgrounds.


Bachelor’s Degree with 1 year experience with clinically challenged/dually diagnosed population/individual with forensic background.


AA with 2 years experience with clinically challenged/dually diagnosed population/individual with forensic background.


5 years experience with clinically challenged, dually diagnosed clients or experience with clients who may have a forensic background


           Experience with profoundly disabled and medically involved

Bilingual Spanish A Plus


The Agency is a smoke free workplace and offers smoke free campuses for our employees, visitors, clients and interns



For immediate consideration,

Complete your application and

Please visit one of our Recruitment Fairs.Recruitment Fairs are held:



1st Tuesday of each Month                    2nd Tuesday of each Month                 4th Tuesday of each Month

10am-12pm                                                3pm-5pm                                                  3pm-5pm

Sunrise Gardens                                        Brick Reformed Church                          Access: Supports for Living

7 Fortune Rd West                                    1582 State Route 17K                            67 Windsor Highway

Middletown, NY 10941                            Montgomery, NY 12549                        New Windsor, NY 12553

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