For nearly 40 years, Alternatives, Inc. has been dedicated to providing the best in support services to adults with Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Illnesses. Services include Residential, Behavior Support, Employment, Support Coordination and Recreation. We have seen great growth in the past few years, which has stretched our coverage area to include Warren, Hunterdon, Morris, Union, Middlesex, Monmouth & Ocean counties. This expansion would not be possible without our dedicated staff members working on the front lines - the Direct Support Professionals.
Direct Support Professionals make it their mission to ensure the comfort and safety of each client. They spend day-in and day-out focused on helping their clients succeed. They see them at their best and at their worst. Their relationship is one of mutual respect and admiration. Direct Support Professionals become clients' second family or, in some cases, only family.
Role of a Direct Support Professional:
Assist in activities of daily living skills
Administer or assist with prescribed medication
Assists in the implementation of individual plans for individuals and behavioral plan goals
Assists individuals in the pursuit of recreational, social and community activities based on their preferences and individual plans
Support people to achieve personal outcomes that characterize a high quality of life
Desired Qualities of a Direct Support Professional:
Positive Communication Skills
Reliability & Dedication
Desire to make a difference
Ethical and moral values
High School diploma or GED
Ability to pass criminal/registry background checks/drug screen
Clear tuberculosis screening
A valid driver's license, no more than 5 points or DUI in last 3 years
Ability to pass and maintain required trainings such as CPR/First Aid, Medication Administration and Positive Behavioral Support Training
Experience working with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (preferred but not required)
So why should you apply...?Here are just SOME of the incentives for being part of our team!