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Gandara Center Direct Care Staff - Substance Use Disord in Springfield, Massachusetts

Westfield, Northampton, Holyoke, Springfield, Ludlow, Ware Direct Care Staff - Substance Use Disorder Adult Programs Direct Care I - second and third shifts wanted! We?re looking for Direct Care 1 Staff to work at our various locations in the Greater Springfield area and Ware to establish open communication, support, and accountability among workers and consumers. The DC I Staff is accountable to the SUD Program Manager, who is responsible for providing supervision and training. The Direct Care Staff Worker is one who actively promotes the philosophy of the SUD Program, and maintains a high level of commitment to the program. This individual will respect the dignity of each individual through vigorous promotion of human and civil rights which, in part, strives to keep people free from abuse or neglect and recognize that the ethnic and cultural diversity of each individual must be valued and respected. Duties and Responsibilities To assist members daily in the enhancement of their ADL (activities of daily living) skills through practical experience and training both individually and in groups. To promote the right of people with mental health needs to exercise choice and to make meaningful decisions in their lives. To ensure that adequate services and flexible resources are non-intrusive, cost-effective, and provided by qualified, trained personnel to meet individual needs and preferences. To provide case management, outreach, and advocacy to members, and be accountable for the quality and quantity of casework. To develop strong, supportive relationships with the clients. To provide for client care and safety, and observe all safety measures; provide safety responses to emergency situations when necessary. To interact with clients in order to assess needs, provide information, discuss problems, set limits, and encourage growth and development. To empower individuals and their families to speak out for themselves and others, initiate ideas, have choices, and make decisions about needed supports. To enhance public awareness of the valuable roles persons with mental retardation assume in society through the promotion of physical and social integration. To provide entry to services through a single, local and familiar setting and recognizing the dignity of achievement understanding these services lead to meaningful benefits. To provide crisis intervention, monitor clients? progress, and act as a client advocate. To assist members in planning, implementing, and leading scheduled activities, to assess members? participation, motivation, and interest in these activities. To perform other duties as assigned by the Program Manager. Minimum Qualifications High School Diploma or equivalent required. Associate?s degree or Bachelor?s degree in human service field preferred. Minimum of 1 year of experience working with psychiatric clients preferred. Must have a valid driver?s license and safe driving history. Must be bilingual, preferably bi-cultural (English/Spanish). Must have availability of an automobile to transport clients or perform other supportive services as necessary. Benefits: Retirement Plan 403[b] Health Insurance Dental Insurance Vision Insurance Life Insurance Paid Vacations 12 paid Holidays & 8 Discretionary days a year The Gandara Mental Health Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. G?ndara Center provides reside