Direct Support Professional IActivities Dept.
Company: Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Posted on: August 3, 2022
Direct Support Professional I
Starting salary of $2,159.12
Now offering up to $2,500.00 sign on bonus!! Terms and conditions
Come work in an environment where we truly value and respect those
we serve and
believe in the mission that all people can achieve a higher level
of wellness and
independence. Our vision is to help make this a world where people
independent lives. If you are looking for a place to work where you
can kick-start a
career that is filled with purpose, this is the job for you.
The state of Texas offers many benefits to employees, including
career advancement, health and dental insurance, and paid vacation
and sick leave.
The Direct Support Professional (DSP) I works as part of a team
that helps people
with intellectual disabilities achieve their goals. This includes
routine and emergency
care, treatment, and training for people with intellectual
disabilities in various settings.
Responsibilities can vary, and may include such duties as grooming,
observing and reporting individual's conditions and behaviors;
interactions with individuals, participating in individualized
training and/or active
treatment programs for both males and females. The DSP I documents
the person's life, such as things that occur throughout their daily
schedule, how they
respond to activities on the home, training, and unusual incidents.
Completion of work
requires use of simple and/or routine duties, while decision making
is based on
guidance that will be provided to you as you are prepared for the
job and from other
professional staff on your team. Work is in a team environment with
provided through supervision and training. This position is
required to drive a state-
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a
specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule,
extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave
policy and performs other duties as assigned.
Assists persons served with training to teach daily living and
Provides behavior intervention by following the recommended
behavior intervention techniques to ensure that persons served are
protected from harm or injury due to abuse/neglect, sexual
incidents, serious injuries, or other sources of immediate danger
and provides emergency care as needed.
Participates in delivering therapeutic and individualized training
per the individual's active treatment program, and documents
Assists persons served (male and female) with carrying out
necessary self-care skills (i.e., bathing, dressing, oral hygiene,
toileting, feeding and grooming).
Ensures environment is free of safety hazards by correcting any
hazards found and reporting them to the supervisor.
Observes persons served for signs and symptoms of disease, injury,
reactions to medications, or other conditions that warrant medical
Assists in transporting of individuals going on scheduled
activities and in emergency situations.
May prevent or manage aggressive behavior among individuals and
administer CPR in emergency intervention.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively
participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the
agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or
Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may
require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Ability to learn patient care techniques and of treatment, therapy,
and developmental programs.
Ability to read, write and understand English so as to effectively
communicate and carry out verbal and written instructions.
Ability to learn behavior modification techniques as required for
training of individuals with certain specific behaviors.
Ability to provide individual care to administer first aid or
cardiopulmonary resuscitation, to conduct Safe Use of Restraints
(SUR), and to communicate effectively.
Ability to work effectively with others and as a member of a team
and to accept supervision.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Must possess a valid Texas driver's license or obtain it no later
than 90 days after hire date. Applicants with an out-of-state
driver's license must provide an original certified driving record
from the state of driving licensure. Eligible driving record
required based on HHSC Fleet Management policy
Initial Selection Criteria:
High School Diploma or GED or previous employment experience.
the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aide,
Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct and HHS OIG List of
Excluded Individuals/ Entities. Males between the ages of 18 - 25
must be registered with the Selective Service. All State Supported
Living Center Employees are subject to Random Drug Testing.
Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The
position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered
for employment at a state-operated facility.
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19
medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence
Personal protective equipment required and provided
Social distancing guidelines in place
Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place
Vaccines available for employees
There are no Military occupations that relate to the initial
selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for
this position. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and
veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this
position. For additional information see the Texas State Auditor's
Military Crosswalk at
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HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation
with you on your first day of work.
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS
agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring
and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability.
If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact
the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are
contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in
the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the
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