NATURE OF WORK
A Developmental Disabilities Associate is the full performance level of work providing residential services for developmentally disabled clients. Employees in this classification are responsible for implementation of the prescribed treatments and services required to carry out the clients' individual treatment plans for a cottage or living unit in a residential facility. Employees in this classification assign, review and approve the work of and train lower-level Direct Care Assistants.
Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a Developmental Disabilities Associate Supervisor; or other designated healthcare administrator. Employees may be assigned to day, evening, night or rotating shifts which may include holidays and weekends. Employees may be subject to call in and overtime based on staffing needs. Employees are required to observe infection control precautions in order to prevent contamination and spread of disease. Employees may be required to physically restrain clients displaying violent and aggressive behavior and lift and move patients and equipment.
Positions in this classification are evaluated using the Classification Job Evaluation Methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of a class specification.
The Developmental Disabilities Associate is differentiated from the Developmental Disabilities Associate Supervisor in that the Developmental Disabilities Associate assigns, reviews and approves the work and trains Direct Care Assistants while the Developmental Disabilities Associate Supervisor has full supervisory responsibility for lower-level Developmental Disabilities Associates. The Developmental Disabilities Associate is differentiated from the Developmental Disabilities Shift Coordinator in that the Developmental Disabilities Shift Coordinator oversees the operations of cottages or living units on the evening or night shift.
EXAMPLES OF WORK
Assigns, reviews and approves the work of Direct Care Assistants;
Trains Direct Care Assistants;
Assesses developmentally disabled clients' skills and abilities to determine appropriate training techniques and establish goals;
Assists an interdisciplinary team to devise plans for developing clients’ physical, intellectual and emotional capabilities;
Prepares reports on the progress of clients concerning the accomplishment of tasks and the effectiveness of the individual treatment plan;
Monitors the activities of Direct Care Assistants to ensure that activities are performed consistently with prescribed treatment plans and are in the clients’ best interest;
Assists clients in performing specific tasks and provides direct care as needed;
Consults with medical, nursing and other healthcare professionals on the proper methods to administer clients’ treatment plans;
Ensures that all cottage support services are provided in an efficient and hygienic manner;
Performs other related duties.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of developmental disabilities and the limitations and capabilities of developmentally disabled clients;
Knowledge of the methods and disciplines used to treat developmentally disabled clients;
Knowledge of the medications administered to developmentally disabled clients;
Knowledge of the symptoms associated with developmental disabilities;
Knowledge of the rights of developmentally disabled clients;
Knowledge of the federal and State procedures and guidelines on the care and treatment of the developmentally disabled;
Skill in motivating, directing and controlling the behavior of developmentally disabled clients;
Skill in observing the behavior of developmentally disabled clients to recognize symptoms or the achievement of treatment goals;
Ability to work as an effective member of a team of health care providers;
Ability to assess the limitations and capabilities of developmentally disabled clients;
Ability to plan and schedule the various activities associated with an individual treatment plan;
Ability to carry out emergency and routine procedures for the protection and safety of clients, staff and the public;
Ability to lift and position clients.
Education: Completion of 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university with 15 credit hours in health or human services, education or the behavioral sciences.
Experience: One year of experience providing direct client services in a developmental disability or similar behavior modification setting.
Notes: 1. Candidates may substitute an Associate of Arts or Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in the treatment of developmental disabilities in a mental health or closely related curriculum including a supervised clinical practicum in a developmental disability or similar behavior modification setting for the required education and experience.
2. Candidates may substitute additional experience providing rehabilitation services in a developmental disability setting at the rate of one year of experience for 30 credit hours of education.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
1. Candidates for positions in this classification must possess a current certificate
as a Nursing Assistant from the Maryland State Board of Nursing, 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215.
2. Employees in this classification may be required to successfully complete training and maintain current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Employees in this classification are subject to call-in 24 hours a day and, therefore, will be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached.
Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.
Director, Division of Classification and Salary