Direct Care Counselor - Special Needs Services

Posted on Mar 11, 2019 by Ascension

Sandy Hook, CT 06482
Health Care
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

We Are Hiring

Title: Direct Care Counselor

City, State: Sandy Hook,CT

Location: Newtown Group Home

Department: Assisted Living 009

Additional Job Details: Part-Time,Day, 20 hours,Weekly

Work Schedule: Sunday 6am-2pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 6am-10am
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 6am-10am, Saturday 6am-2pm

Why Join Ascension?

St. Vincent's Health Services, part of Ascension, operates St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport and a number of other sites of care. Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1903, St. Vincent's is a mission-driven organization committed to exceptional healthcare for all with special consideration for the poor and underserved.

What You Will Do

We are hiring Special Needs Services Direct Care Counselor opportunities across Connecticut!

Why join Ascension?

  • Exceptional Reputation: We began in Bridgeport in 1955 as a therapy treatment program for children with cerebral palsy, and have evolved to become a major provider in Southern Connecticut of specialized lifelong education and therapeutic programs for children and adults with multiple developmental disabilities and special health care needs. As a subsidiary of the St. Vincent's Health Services system since 1987, we extend the system's circle of care and support to individuals and their families challenged by special needs through all ages and stages of life.
  • Transformational Healthcare Environment: Our care teams collaborate between each other nationwide. Through working and learning together, we can create standards of excellence to be used across the system. We embrace change if it will improve the outcome for the patient.
  • Compensation/Benefits: At Ascension, we provide a competitive compensation package inclusive of a wide range of flexible benefit options, including tuition reimbursement. We support work-life balance through generous paid time off and encourage spirituality in the workplace.

What you will do:

Our staff are creative, caring and highly competent professionals and paraprofessionals dedicated to supporting those we assist to become all they can be. In your role as a Direct Care Counselor, you will get the opportunity to provide information training and direct care to our special needs clients base on their person-centered plans, individual needs/requests and daily household operations.

Job Summary:

The Direct Care Counselor - Special Needs Services provides informal training and direct care to clients based on person-centered plans, individual needs/requests and daily household operations.


  • Supervises, trains, and/or assists client in accordance with the person-centered plan, including personal care, recreation, and reinforcement of individual habilitation objectives.
  • Assures client's personal property and adaptive equipment is clean and in good order including wheel chair, clothing and living space. Plans, schedules and transports clients to work, appointments and community activities.
  • Documents routine medications and treatments as prescribed by physicians and/or health care professionals.
  • Assists individuals with meal preparation and encourages good nutritional habits and adherence to prescribed diets.
  • Effective communication, oral, written and electronic skills.
  • Assists in all duties essential to the operational needs of the site.
  • Assists individuals to meet their physical emotional spiritual developmental health and safety needs.
  • Adapts positively to fast paced changing environment.
  • Maintain required licenses certifications and trainings.
  • Completes all related paperwork for mandatory compliance with DDS and other related agencies.
  • Other Duties as assigned



  • Required Credential(s):
    • Licensed Drivers License credentialed from the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles obtained prior to hire date or job transfer date.
    • One or more of the following:
      • Certified Heart Saver AED credentialed from the American Heart Association (AHA) obtained within 2 Months (60 days) of hire date or job transfer date.
      • Certified Heart Saver AED credentialed from the American Red Cross obtained within 2 Months (60 days) of hire date or job transfer date.

Education and Work Experience:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Preferred - 1 year experience assisting individuals with disabilities or completion of Human Services Training Program

Equal Employment Opportunity

St. Vincent's Health Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The recruitment, selection, placement, training, promotion, demotion, transfer, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay, or any other employment decision made by St. Vincent's Health Services based on the needs of St. Vincent's Health Services and the job related qualifications and abilities of the candidates, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, union affiliation, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment including, but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, job assignments, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
St. Vincent's Health Services is an EEO/AA employer: M/F/Disabled/Vet.

For further information regarding your EEO rights, click on the following link to the "EEO is the Law" poster:

EEO is the Law Poster Supplement

Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants.

E-Verify Statement

To comply with federal regulations of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), all employees are required to complete an Employment Eligibility Verification form (I-9). This law applies to individuals hired, including PRN, part-time and temporary employees, volunteers and students.

Additionally, St Vincent's Healthcare is an E-Verify employer. E-Verify is a web based program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, USCIS Verification Division, and the Social Security Administration that supplements the current I-9 eligibility verification process. The program determines whether the information provided by the new hire matches government records and whether the new hire is authorized to work in the United States.

Reference: 667840917

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