Home & Community Based Services – Direct Support Professional (Imagine the Possibilities)

Home & Community Based Services – Direct Support Professional (Imagine the Possibilities)


Classification: Non-Exempt

Reports to: HCBS Supervisor

Supervisory Responsibility: None.

Summary/Objective: The HCBS Direct Support Professional is responsible for implementation and

documentation of goals and objectives for individuals served. The DSP will be an active advocate for

individuals served with an emphasis on individual choice and decision-making.

Essential Job Functions: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

to perform the essential functions of this position.

  • Provide input to the HCBS/Habilitation Supervisor and Programmer for the development of individual goals and objectives.
  • Provide services based on individual goals and objectives.
  • Teach individuals rather than doing for them.
  • Use behavior strategies to support individuals with challenging behaviors.
  • Display an ability to motivate individuals to participate in their services.
  • Encourage and carry out recreational and/or community activities to meet needs and choices of individuals served.
  • Apply rights restrictions only as determined necessary by the interdisciplinary team and included in the individual plan of persons served.
  • Ensure all service documentation meets Iowa Code standards utilizing the Edoc system.
  • Include individuals name, date of birth, medical assistance number, day, month, and year, start and end time (including a.m. and p.m.) of service provision, as well as staff printed name, signature, title, credentials, location of services, change of service location and timeframe, and note of availability for health and safety.
  • Ensure documentation includes attention to detail (e.g., completed legibly, errors corrected properly, use of approved abbreviations, cross out unused portions of log, etc.).
  • Complete service documentation to record interventions and supports provided and reflect the goals and ongoing supports of the individuals served.
  • Complete service documentation to record individual responses to interventions and supports.
  • Direct Support responsibilities:
  • Provide for the safety of the individual served with the least amount of intrusion as possible.
  • Respect the property of individuals served (e.g., their home, personal possessions, etc.).
  • Be an active advocate for individuals receiving services to have greater control over their lives. Encourage individual choice and decision-making.
  • Complete documentation in a timely manner following service provision. Turn logs in daily.
  • Complete incident/accident and behavior incident reports accurately and promptly.
  • Scheduled work shifts:
  • Find a replacement if unable to work a scheduled shift.
  • Follow the department call-in procedure.
  • Work weekends and holidays as scheduled.
  • Ensure individual medications are administered, stored, and documented appropriately according to the six rights of medication administration.
  • Other job duties as assigned.

Imagine Team Expectations:

  • Report issues of concern to the supervisor. Offer ideas and suggestions for resolution of concerns. Use appropriate methods and channels of communication.
  • Maintain flexibility to work alternate shifts, locations, weekends and additional/less hours based on the needs of the agency.
  • Willingly assume additional responsibility to support team efforts.
  • Maintain confidentiality. Promote the dignity of others by protecting individuals served, co-workers, and agency privacy.
  • Contribute appropriately to the changing conditions of the agency and individuals served and react to change productively.
  • Use professional ethics in carrying out job duties.
  • Communicate with all individuals in an honest and open manner, unless to do so would contraindicate an individual treatment plan.
  • Ensure health, safety, and welfare of individuals served.
  • Treat individuals served, coworkers, supervisors, and other associates with care, courtesy, and respect.
  • Look for and suggest ways to continually improve our services.
  • Maintain a professional appearance and comply with dress code.
  • Report to work on time and as scheduled. Regular and predictable attendance is an essential element of this position. Patterns of absences or tardiness are not acceptable.
  • Serve as a positive role model.
  • Portray a positive image of Imagine the Possibilities, Inc. when representing the agency.
  • Build a sense of unity and purpose among coworkers, supervisors, and individuals served by working as a team member.
  • Ensure all Imagine the Possibilities, Inc. policies and procedures are followed, including the Compliance and Integrity Program and Safety.
  • Complete trainings in a timely manner and/or as assigned.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by

an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Must remain awake during working hours.
  • May assist in the transfer of individuals to/from wheelchair, chair, bed, toilet, vehicle, etc.
  • May require lifting at times, up to 35 pounds. Lifting more than 35# requires the use of a two-person lift, mechanical lift, or assistive equipment.
  • May attend and participate in activities of consumer’s choice (e.g., church services, swimming, bowling, etc.).
  • May require prolonged walking and standing for up to eight hours.
  • May require frequent bending, stooping, and stretching.
  • May require driving for up to eight hours.
  • May experience various climatic conditions.
  • May require working with difficult emotional and physical behaviors (e.g., seizures, physical aggression, etc.).
  • Must have ability to see objects/persons at a distance.
  • Must have ability to see close work such as typed or handwritten material.
  • Must have ability to hear conversations in a quiet and a noisy environment.
  • Must have ability to determine where a sound is coming from.
  • Must have ability to hear differences among bells, buzzers, beeps, horns, etc.
  • Must have ability to communicate through speech.
  • Must have ability to drive and transport for service provision as needed.
  • Must remain awake during working hours, if applicable.

Required Qualifications:

  • SCL – Minimum 16 years of age. HAB – Minimum 18 years of age.
  • HAB – Minimum high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Background checks with previous employers, references, law enforcement agencies, and others will be conducted and found satisfactory.
  • Valid driver’s license and driver’s record deemed acceptable by Imagine the Possibilities, Inc.

HIPAA Identification of Employees: If any employee secures access to protected health information other

than that listed below, releases information without authorization, or releases information outside the

“minimum necessary” guidelines, that employee will be subject to the agency’s disciplinary guidelines, up to

and including termination. Employees are required, if disclosures are necessary and authorized, to disclose

only the minimum information necessary. This position has access to the following protected health


Information regarding treatment

  • Social History
  • Medical History
  • Psychiatric Evaluation/Report
  • Current Health Information
  • Program Information
  • Names of Health Care Providers
  • Discharge Summary
  • Referral Information
  • Progress Report
  • Annual Review
  • Progress Notes

Information regarding individuals served

  • Facility Directory Information

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain an all-inclusive listing of activities, duties or

responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may

change at any time with or without notice. Further, this job description does not imply a contract between

employees and Imagine the Possibilities, Inc.

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