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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 351Z
Category: Social Services


Administers the establishment, implementation and evaluation of Individual Habilitation Plans and directs the activities of an interdisciplinary team within a Residential Habilitation Center; or on an institution-wide basis, monitors the implementation of individualized program plans and other standards to assure compliance with Federal and State policies, procedures, regulations, and laws; or under the direction of the statewide Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities coordinator, provides ICF/ID facilities assistance in interpreting and meeting program regulations through consultation and technical assistance within a region(s).

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions in this class:
  • Do not require higher level professional supervision;
  • Do not have direct line supervision over residential staff; and
  • Do work through residential supervisory staff in implementing the IHP on the living units.

Typical Work

Directs the planning, organization and development activities of the interdisciplinary team for Individual Habilitation Plans of residents on assigned living units;

Integrates, coordinates and monitors the implementation of the Individual Habilitation Plans for residents on assigned living units;

Participates as a member of the IDT as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional in the development and establishment of Individual Habilitation Plans on assigned units;

Monitors and analyzes the progress of residents toward habilitation goals and need for program revision; recommends and monitors progress of appropriate corrective action in assigning the IDT to habilitation and training tasks;

Confers with appropriate supervisors and department heads to evaluate the contribution of assigned interdisciplinary staff toward team goals and objectives;

Observes residents and interacts with staff across settings; promotes and assures competent interactions of staff with clients in program implementation and behavior management;

Assures compliance of policies, procedures and practices of the IDT to Federal and State regulations and laws that pertain to the training and habilitation of residents; assures maintenance, thoroughness and accuracy of residents' unit records;

Confers with parents, guardians, etc. to explain habilitation plans and provide progress updates; obtains consent for treatment and transfer as required by State and Federal laws and regulations;

Participates in staff meetings; prepares reports as required;

Evaluates a participating facility's program services against those expectations defined by the Developmental Disabilities Administration, and prepares necessary reports to convey the results of these evaluations;

Provides advisory assistance regarding the ways and means for correcting noted service shortcomings;

Develops and maintains a liaison with State and Federal personnel involved with other aspects of the Title XIX program to ensure a consistent, up-to-date interpretation of service requirements and the utilization of the most effective evaluation techniques;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: concepts, principles and methods in the habilitation and training of individuals with intellectual disabilities; theoretical concepts and professional principles, practices and supervision of one or more of the following: therapies, counseling, casework, testing or educational instruction and direct care of individuals, human behavior; principles and practices of planning and coordination, department policies, procedures and applicable laws of State and Federal programs; principles and aims of ICF/ID habilitation programs; ICF/ID regulations and processes.

Ability to: plan, organize and coordinate work of others; evaluate and compare written data and observations; speak and write effectively; use organizational communication lines.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Meets the professional requirements for a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional*

Desirable Qualifications

  • One year experience in a qualified field if Bachelor's degree has been obtained, experience must have involved treating or working with individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • Two years’ experience in a qualified field if Master's degree has been obtained, one year of which has been involved in treating or working with individuals with intellectual disabilities
  • One year of experience in a qualified field involving treating or working with individuals with intellectual disabilities, if Doctoral degree has been obtained.

The requirements for a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional as is included in the Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 42, Subpart D, Section 483.430, are as follows:
  • A doctor of medicine or osteopathy;
  • A registered nurse;
  • An individual who holds at least a Bachelor's degree in any of the following:
  1. Occupational Therapy,
  2. Physical Therapy,
  3. Psychology,
  4. Social Work,
  5. Speech,
  6. Audiology,
  7. Recreation and related fields, or
  8. The Human Services (as defined at 483.430 (b) (5) (x)), includes but is not limited to: sociology, special education, rehabilitation counseling, and psychology.
Note: A degree in Social Work must be from an educational program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Class Specification History

New class Effective September 12, 1980
Revised November 13, 1981 Revises definition
Revised December 9, 1983 Revises definition
Revised September 13, 1985 Revises definition
Revised May 12, 1989 Revises addendum to minimum qualifications
Revised October 13, 1989 Revises definition
Revised February 9, 1990 Revises minimum qualifications
New class code: (formerly 56980) effective July 1, 2007
Revises desirable qualifications, effective December 23, 2011
Revises typical work, knowledge and abilities, and desirable qualifications, effective December 30, 2011
Base range salary adjustment effective July 1, 2022.
Revised definition, typical work, knowledge and abilities, desired qualification, adopted June 22, 2023, effective July 1, 2023.