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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 345G
Category: Social Services

Class Series Concept

See Attendant Counselor 1.


Within the Department of Social and Health Services Developmental Disabilities Administration provides habilitation support services to individuals with developmental disabilities in a Residential Habilitation Center (RHC) or a State Operated Community Residential (SOCR):

Within a Division of Developmental Disabilities Residential Habilitation Center (RHC), under the supervision of higher level Attendant Counselors (ACs) and/or the direction of other individuals with specific professional qualifications, writes, implements, monitors, assesses, and revises individual habilitation training programs. Develops and/or writes formal skill acquisition training programs, evaluates the effectiveness of the programs by means of periodic review of client response and modifies the program as necessary. Writes Individual Habilitation Plan (IHP) assessments and functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team, and participates in development of the client's annual IHP. Provides the client's training, care, and assistance in a residential living area or other areas on or off campus, depending on the location of the client.


Within a State Operated Community Residential (SOCR) program, provides direct support to individuals with developmental disabilities living in state operated homes in a community setting. Implements, monitors, assesses the clients’ individualized plans. Documents and provides feedback on the implementation of the goals in the individual’s plan. Participates in the development and the implementation of habilitative goals. Provides daily habilitative services, support and instruction with activities of daily living in the clients’ home and the community. Works under the general supervision of an Attendant Counselor Manager (ACM).

Typical Work

Observes, documents, and reports changes in clients' general physical or mental condition, or unusual behavior and takes appropriate action to provide client safety, security and protection from abuse and neglect;

Functions as a member of a team, including developing, modifying and carrying out planned formal and informal programs assessing and reporting outcomes; programs may include activities of daily living, educational, therapeutic, or behavioral under the direction of an appropriate specialist and under the supervision of a higher-level Attendant Counselor or Attendant Counselor Manager (ACM);

Directions may be provided by other individuals with specific professional qualifications, may work as a team with other SOCR staff.

Promotes habilitation, health, safety, protection and quality of life to individuals with developmental disabilities;

Uses approved techniques designed to provide habilitative services support and instruction based on the clients’ IISP;

Appropriately engages with professionals, parents, guardians and other entities involved in the clients’ support network that promotes and maintains a positive reinforcing environment;

Provides information on policies and procedures to client's relatives/guardians;

Trains and assists clients in their own self-care including bathing, dressing, grooming, and household skills; participates in the care and treatment of clients receiving specialized treatments and services;

Escorts, monitors, participates in, and/or trains clients in groups or individually, to, during and from recreational and social activities, vocational training, clinics, and other on or off campus activities;

Checks and inventories client clothing and personal possessions, living unit or home supplies, and other inventories; completes work orders, maintains client records and other related records, and makes reports;

Participates in all required training;

Participates in the care and treatment of clients receiving specialized treatment services including prescribed exercises, administration of specialized equipment, modified diets;

Provides habilitative services, support and instruction to and from and during educational, recreational, social, employment, medical and other activities; and individualized plans;

Supports medication management and administration including nurse-delegated tasks;

Completes safety checks at the home; completes safety checks on designated vehicles; 

Makes decisions based on policies, procedures and supervisory instructions;

Responsible for ensuring that the client’s home and property is maintained in an organized clean and safe condition;

Responsible for ensuring that the residential living unit is maintained in an organized clean and safe condition;

Performs other related work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: habilitative services, support and instruction, principles and techniques of behavior management and team process and procedures for IISP planning and implementation; fundamental expressive and receptive communication skills including but not limited to a proficiency in reading, writing and verbal discourse.

Ability to: utilize professional and specialized; evaluate and apply established procedures and techniques for those portions of IISP they are responsible for in accordance with this job specification; carry out assigned responsibilities without direct supervision.

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. In a SOLA minimally staff is required to obtain and maintain the nursing assistant registered (NAR), be able to perform tasks under nurse delegation, successfully complete fingerprint based, background check process, and successfully complete seventy-five hours of Long Term Care worker (LTCW) training, and twelve hours of annual continuing education units (CEU) required for LTCWs.

Desirable Qualifications

High school graduation or GED,


One year of experience working with people with experiencing developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and/or mental health challenges,


One year of experience as an Attendant Counselor 1, equivalent or higher-level state class.

Class Specification History

Attendant Counselor 2A.
Revised October 22, 1974 General revision.
Revised October 16, 1975 Revises minimum qualifications.
Revised July 1, 1981 (Approved March 12, 1981) Revises definition, minimum qualifications, adds distinguishing characteristics.
Revised October 1, 1982 Revises minimum qualifications, deletes distinguishing characteristics (Approved July 14, 1982), title change (formerly Attendant Counselor 2A). Revised May 28, 1986 Revises definition.
Revised January 11, 1990 (effective April 1, 1990) Revises definition.
Revised February 8, 1990 (effective July 1, 1990) Revises definition, minimum qualifications, and general revision.
Revised July 13, 1990 (Emergency basis on June 14, 1990) Revises minimum qualifications.
New class code: (formerly 56810) effective July 1, 2007 Attendant Counselor 2B.
New class (Approved March 12, 1981) Effective July 1, 1981. Revised November 13, 1981 Revises distinguishing characteristics. October 1, 1982 (Approved July 14, 1982) Abolished.
Revised definition, desirable qualifications and added distinguishing characteristics; adopted June 30, 2017; effective July 1, 2017.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019.
Revised definition and added class series concept; typical work and desired qualification; salary range adjustment; adopted 6/22/2023, effective 7/1/2023.
Correction of error to definition adopted 7/24/2023, effective 7/1/2023.
Updated Definition 11/14/2023, effective 11/15/2023. 45 Paraprofessionals, 80148588, Range 43, 891 positions.