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Emergency Respite Residential Support Specialist

  • Boston, MA
  • Driver's License Required
  • Experience
  • Full Time (40 Hours)
  • Part Time
  • Boston, MA

North Suffolk is looking for Residential Support Specialists to join our Emergency Respite Program team! The Residential Support Specialist participates in the engagement, assessment and treatment planning process and as part of the respite, provides interventions to address needs and goals of persons served. This paraprofessional position provides direct services to people in respite setting in the areas of daily living skills, transportation, skill-building, money management, medication administration, risk mitigation and other areas based on the person centered treatment plan. Services are provided based on recovery tenants and are aimed to promote overall health and well-being of persons served.

Multiple Positions Available:

  • Full Time:
    • Day: Mon-Fri 7AM-3PM
    • Evening: Mon-Fri 3PM-11PM
    • Overnight: Mon-Fri 11PM-7AM
  • Part Time:
    • Weekend: Sun and Sat 7AM-3PM
    • Weekend Evenings: Sun and Sat 3PM-11PM; Sun and Sat 11PM-7AM

What you’ll do:

  • Engage people and partner with them to improve their health and wellness, achieve symptom stabilization and self-management, develop and/or restore skills impacted by mental illness and live a self-directed life.
  • Assist people with psychiatric and substance use disorders to identify personal priorities, preferences, strengths, and interests in order to help them establish goals that support a life in recovery.
  • Instill hope by engaging in positive interactions that promote recovery and empowerment.
  • Provide direct care services in timely and flexible ways.
  • Implement Community Support Plans, Safety Plans, and Crisis Prevention and Response Plans in order to help prevent and mitigate risk factors.
  • Document each person’s progress in the confidential record according to established methods and procedures.
  • Carry out the assigned interventions and action steps of the treatment plan through the provision of direct support and rehabilitation services to people on an individual, group, and family basis (in conjunction with professional staff) in the residence and in community settings to teach behavioral symptom-management techniques to alleviate and manage symptoms not reduced by medication and to promote personal growth and development by assisting people to adapt to and cope with internal and external stresses.

What you’ll need:

  • Education: High School Diploma/GED equivalent required. One year experience with population served. Bachelor’s Degree highly preferred.
  • Experience: In lieu of college degree, at least one year experience with population that has severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorder.
  • Skills/Other: Must have a Driver’s license. Must be MAP certified with five months of hire. Must complete CPR/First Aid certification during orientation.
  • Vaccination: At least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to hire and complete the full vaccination schedule in the appropriate timeline as documented by the CDC requirements for vaccination.

Competitive & Comprehensive Benefits:

  • Paid Time Off Two weeks’ Vacation per year (three weeks after 2 years of service), 12 Sick Days per year, and 11 Paid Holidays per year
  • Health & Dental Insurance, with generous employer contribution
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance
  • 403 (b) Retirement Plan with employer matching
  • Voluntary Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Medical & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Access to Credit Union Banking
  • Access to State Tuition Remission Program (Worksite Specific)
  • Eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Discounted Movie Tickets
  • Comprehensive Training Program
  • Internal Advancement Opportunities

Tagged as: Bachelor's Degree, GED, Human Services, Mental Health, Recovery, Social Work

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