WHO WE ARE

The essence of our organization exists in our human spirit – the spirit and passion of those that serve and the spirit and determination of those who accept our services.

Able2 offers comprehensive services and support to people with developmental disabilities. Our goal is to enhance the potential of those we serve by creating opportunities for them to live their best life and be contributors to our community.

Formerly named Cerebral Palsy and Handicapped Children’s Association of Chemung County, we have been serving Chemung County and the surrounding region since 1950. Our staff, volunteers, and donors are dedicated to raising awareness and acceptance of the developmentally disabled in our communities.

OUR MISSION

Able2’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of those we serve.

OUR CORE VALUES

Able2 believes that persons with disabilities are powerful contributors to community and that all true support is rooted in person-centered practice.  We believe the power of potential is realized through partnerships between those we serve, those we employ, and the community in which we reside.  We believe such partnerships should be formed with a commitment to ethical, responsive, and high-quality supports for individuals with disabilities.

To that end, we strive to:

  • Support individuals in accord with the Direct Support Professionals’ Code of Ethics
  • Foster an environment of excellence, teamwork, and fiscal responsibility
  • Continuously seek to engage in advocacy and education that elevates practical understanding of persons with disabilities as contributors to their community

Able2 Benefits Overview – Full Time Employees

Medical Insurance:  We offer three medical plans, as well as a health savings, account for employees who chose a High Deductible Health Plan.  Able2 pays the full costs for single coverage under 2 of the medial plans and the full cost of all coverage levels (including family) under the highest deductible plan. If you choose a plan that requires an employee contribution toward the premium, the contributions are deducted twice a month, prior to taxes.

Dental Insurance:  We offer a high plan, which provides $3000 of benefit coverage per member, and a low plan that provides $1000 of benefit coverage per member.  Preventative and diagnostic services are covered in full. Able2 covers 50% of the total premiums for both plan types. Employee contributions for their half of the premium are deducted twice a month, prior to taxes.

Health Savings Account: A savings account that employees own to help pay healthcare expenses. Employees can place up to $3,500 (for individual only) or $7,000 (for 2 persons or family) UNTAXED annual contributions into this account. Note: For persons over 55 years of age, an additional catch up contribution can be saved.

Paid Time Off (PTO):  All employees regularly scheduled for 20 hours or more per week earn PTO.  The amount of PTO you earn is based on the number of hours you work each pay period, up to 40 hours per week.  A new non-exempt (hourly) employee could earn up to 232.18 hours per year.  A new exempt employee could earn up to 272 hours per year. Employees begin earning PTO from the day they start working.

Vision Insurance: Benefits provided through Davis Vision. 

Flexible Spending Accounts: Deposit money each paycheck (up to $2750 pre-tax) in a healthcare FSA and roll over up to $500.  These funds can be used for medical, dental, vision, and other IRS-defined healthcare expenses.

Life Insurance/AD&D: Term life insurance coverage for yourself, your spouse and/or your dependent children is available

NY State Disability: NY State Disability Insurance is provided at no cost to all employees.  Provides up to 50% of your average weekly wage, up to $170/week for up to 26 weeks

Short Term Disability: Voluntary STD policy is available to supplement the NY State policy; cost is based on your salary.  Provides 60% of your average weekly wage (up to $1000/week), in conjunction with the NYS Disability

Long Term Disability: Voluntary long term disability policy provides 60% of your average monthly earnings, up to $8000/month.  Benefits begin after six months of disability.

Accident Insurance:  Insurance policy available that helps pay for unexpected healthcare expenses due to accidents; provides cash benefits for covered accidents; covered members must be between 18-64.

Cancer Insurance: Provides cash benefits for expenses associated with a diagnosis of cancer.

401(k): After completing 30 days of employment, all employees are eligible to contribute either a dollar amount or percentage of their annual salary to our 401(k) plan.  Able2 will match employee contributions 100% up to 4% of their biweekly earnings.  Eligibility for matching begins after one year of service.

Residential Supervisor

Overview:

Under the direction and guidance of the Senior Supervisor/Manager, the Residential Supervisor is responsible for maintaining oversight of the day-to-day operations of the assigned site/shift and ensuring that staff is meeting the expectations of the program and Agency including dependability, respect, safety, and compassionate service provision to the individuals who Able2 serves.

Status: Non-exempt

Reports To: Senior Supervisor/Manager

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Works to create and model a harmonious work environment among staff.
  • Strives to promote person-valued outcomes of independence, inclusion, individualization, and productivity.
  • Trains and ensures all staff review and understand each person’s Plan of Care (e.g., transfers, independent living skills, personal hygiene, personal support plans); ensures staff record progress or lack of progress thoroughly and appropriately, and that each employee has the training needed to carry out each person’s Plan of Care.
  • Reports progress and concerns regarding individuals and the day to day operations of the residence to the Manager.
  • Directly supervises assigned residential staff. This includes interviewing, appraisals, and disciplining, as appropriate. Assists in the selection of new staff for the residence.
  • Prepares staff schedules at least 2 weeks in advance. Assures proper coverage for all shifts, keeping in mind the training requirements needed in order to manage the needs of each person/shift.  Implements the call-in procedure and/or red dot system as needed.
  • Supervises the use of each person’s personal funds and petty cash, and ensures purchases made during their shift are made in accordance with established policies and procedures and are within purchase order amounts.
  •  Ensures inventory systems are in place and operational. Ensures storage areas are utilized properly and that items are cleaned and properly stored. Ensures inventory of all stocked items is completed as per Agency Policy & Procedure.
  • Develops and ensures assignment sheets get carried out as assigned. Ensures appropriate documentation is complete and accurate.
  • Ensures the residence and equipment (personal and agency) are maintained in a clean and safe condition. Ensures adequate supplies and requisitions as appropriate. Reports all needed repairs and safety concerns to the Manager as soon as noted. Conducts inspections on a scheduled basis.
  • Schedules and/or ensures recreational activities/services make full use of resources and maximize benefits to the individuals. Conducts annual surveys of each person’s recreational interests as appropriate. Records the extent and level of each person’s participation in the recreation program.
  • As a working supervisor, assists in carrying out program/individuals’ goals, feeding plans, toileting, and other direct care needs as necessary.
  • Attends IPPs, special meetings, etc. as requested. Participates in staff in-service training and staff meetings as assigned.
  • Handles emergency situations according to Agency/Facility Policies & Procedures and submits incident reports as required.
  • Adheres to agency standard of ethical behavior as outlined in the Corporate Compliance Program, the Code of Business Conduct and associated policies and guidelines, and all applicable laws and regulations. 
  • Performs such other duties as assigned by the Senior Supervisor/Manager or the Director of Residential Services.
  • Adheres to the Personnel Policy established by the Board of Directors and the Policies and Procedures established by the Executive Director.

Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent. 
  • One or more years of experience working with the developmentally disabled.
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred.
  • Must possess effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, as well as the ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Must have the ability to flex work hours. 
  • Must possess valid driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the agency insurance carrier.

Job Description revised periodically to meet the needs of the program.

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Residential Registered Nurse

Overview:

Under the direction of the Nurse Manager, the Residential Registered Nurse is responsible for performing a variety of health services tasks to support the services offered by Able2 and the individuals being served. 

Status: Exempt

Reports To: Nurse Manager

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assume responsibility for nursing activities relating directly and indirectly to quality care.  Assure that Able2 meets State and Federal regulations and Agency Policy for assigned caseload. 
  • Observe and assess symptoms, reactions, and needs of assigned service recipients.  Evaluate findings, document, and report the clinical findings to Interdisciplinary Team and Physician.  Immediately report all medical changes that require a higher level of care, to ensure the needs of the person are met.
  • Advocate for the health and wellness of assigned caseload.  Ensure that all preventative health screenings/tests are completed per recommendations.  Maintain professional and open communication with all health care providers and practitioners.
  • Ensure all appointments and evaluations are completed as recommended.  Manage all medical follow-up for individuals.  Attend medical appointments with individuals as coordinated with the Manager. 
  • Review all consults to confirm follow-up is scheduled per recommendations or to address clarification of discrepancies. 
  • Review lab work prior to filing and report results to the physician as appropriate.  Ensure documentation of lab work results and any necessary follow-up.
  • Accept/object, verify, transcribe, and implement medication, treatment, and procedure as ordered by healthcare practitioners per Agency policy.  Maintain accurate medication history – noting implementation date, discontinuation date, and effectiveness of a medication/treatment.  Assure dietary order is accurate and present in electronic health records.
  • Assures the ordering of all medications (prescription and stock), medical supplies, lab specimen containers, etc.  Verifies AMAP/Med clerk ordering medications is keeping an accurate record of supplies.  Maintain an accurate narcotic record for each individual.  Complete and maintain a record of monthly med room audits with an AMAP/Med Clerk confirming all medications, treatments, and procedures have current orders and expired or discontinued items are disposed of per Agency policy.
  • Assumes responsibility for the maintenance of medical records in accordance with program-specific regulatory requirements and Agency policy.  Reviews and ensures medication administration records, intake and elimination records, and medical communication records are accurate and complete.  The RN will provide verbal and written follow up to Supervisor and DSP, when documentation is inaccurate, incomplete, or omitted.
  • Ensures completion and updating of all nursing assessments, Care Plans, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports, and pharmacy reviews as required per State and Federal regulation and Agency Policy and Procedure. 
  • Assist Interdisciplinary Team with writing medication administration goals/plans for service recipients as appropriate.  Attend service recipients’ meetings as required by regulation/agency policy or upon invitation. 
  • Participate in committee meetings as assigned.
  • Provides documentation of medical information and follow up on incident reports as required.
  • It is the responsibility of the RN to determine which nursing procedures unlicensed DSP will be allowed to perform, and which DSP will be allowed to perform them.  The RN assumes responsibility for determining if a nursing/medical task can be delegated depending upon the complexity of the task, the skill, experience and training of the staff, and the health conditions, and health status of the service recipient.  RNs will communicate regularly with the Nurse Manager on the status of the delegated task, if at any time, the RN determines the complexity of the task or the health status of the service recipient has changed making it unsafe to delegate the task, the RN will stop the delegation of the task.  The RN will work with the Nurse Manager to determine a safe and appropriate approach.  
  • Assume responsibility for training, supervising, and evaluating DSPs on delegated nursing tasks and the provision of health care annually and as needed – these evaluations will be part of the DSP performance evaluation.  In no case will an RN allow DSPs to perform a nursing procedure that is outside the scope of practice of an LPN. 
  • Provide initial medication administration training to new employees within 90 days of employment as assigned.  Carry out medication administration re-certification annually for assigned staff. 
  • Participate/instruct in Orientation and other training as assigned.  Assist in establishing and monitoring infection prevention and control procedures throughout the agency.
  • Implement vaccination and TB screenings as needed.  
  • Coordinate with Nurse Manager and other RNs to assure medical needs are being met at all residential facilities.  Provide RN oversight to other programs as assigned.  Assume Nurse-on-Call responsibilities as needed/scheduled.
  • Assist in the formulation and writing of medical policies and procedures as assigned.
  • Carry out nursing philosophy and objectives of the Agency.
  • Adheres to agency standard of ethical behavior as outlined in the Corporate Compliance Program, the Code of Business Conduct and associated policies and guidelines, and all applicable laws and regulations. 
  • Perform such other duties as assigned by the Nurse Manager.
  • Adhere to the Personnel Policy established by the Board of Directors and the Policies and Procedures established by the Executive Director.

Qualifications:

  • Must be currently Registered NYS Licensed RN.  Prefer at least one (1) year nursing experience.
  • Must be able to obtain OPWDD RN Orientation within 3-months of hire or as available through OPWDD.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain OPWDD Diabetic Training, CPR, and SCIP-R as appropriate.
  • Physical ability to be on feet all day and perform lifting/positioning of consumers as required by the responsibilities listed above.
  • Ability to provide technical expertise to paraprofessionals
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.
  • Availability to assume Nurse-on-Call responsibilities on a rotating basis.

Job Description revised periodically to meet the needs of the program.

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Building and Grounds Worker

Overview:

Under the direction of the Director of Environmental and Fleet Services and the Supervisor, the Building and Grounds Worker is responsible for performing scheduled repairs and maintenance on facility equipment, building, and grounds in a safe and compliant manner.

Status: Non-Exempt

Reports To: Director of Environmental and Fleet Services

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Perform scheduled repairs and maintenance (R&M) on facility equipment, building, and grounds.
  • Ability to complete assigned work with minimum supervision and coaching.
  • Ability to work in a team setting and work effectively alongside peers.
  • Ability to track work as assigned and record maintenance performed upon completion of task.
  • Request materials, tools and equipment needed to perform tasks as required.
  • Makes routine and emergency repairs to facilities and equipment including electrical, plumbing, heating, and ventilation systems.
  • Perform care and maintenance to facility grounds such as lawn and garden care.
  • Perform Preventative Maintenance (PM) as required to maintain building, equipment, and grounds in a clean, operational, safe, and durable condition.
  • Assist in the installation of new equipment and facility renovations as needed by the Agency.
  • Perform emergency repairs as required on Agency equipment including motor vehicles.
  • Report and/or repairs any Health and Safety hazard as soon as possible.
  • Provide snow removal services including plowing, snow blowing, shoveling, and de-icing using Agency equipment.
  • Assist in grounds care as necessary including mowing, trimming, and yard waste removal.
  • Adheres to agency standard of ethical behavior as outlined in the Corporate Compliance Program, the Code of Business Conduct and associated policies and guidelines, and all applicable laws and regulations. 
  • Performs such other duties as assigned by the Director.
  • Adheres to the Personnel Policy established by the Board of Directors and the Policies & Procedures established by the Executive Director.

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk or stand 6 or more hours per day, use 2 hands to handle and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; sit; climb or balance; stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.

Qualifications:

  • High School graduate or equivalent preferred.
  • Minimum of two years experience in an institutional, industrial, or health care maintenance department and possess skills in the area of plumbing, heating, A/C, electrical, painting, and carpentry trades.
  • Must assume maintenance on call duties on a rotating basis.
  • Proficient in the use of personal computers for business use.
  • Demonstrated ability to adhere to professional standards of conduct, including manner, appearance, confidentiality, and ethical behavior.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and driving record acceptable to Agency insurance carrier.

Job Description revised periodically to meet the needs of the program.

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Residential Instructor (Direct Support Professional)

Overview:

Under the direction of the Residential Director, Program Managers, and Supervisors, the Residential Instructor/Direct Support Professional is responsible for providing services to the individuals served by Able2, in a safe and compliant manner.

Status: Non-Exempt

Reports To: Site Supervisor and/or Site Manager

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assists, trains and supervises individual’s activities of daily living skills, including implementation of goals and behavior support plans.  Documents progress and problems appropriately.
  • Reads/reviews electronic health records (and/or paper communication logs) at the start of each shift to maintain up to the moment knowledge of each person’s care needs.
  • Alerts appropriate staff of medical, behavioral, and program plan concerns. Provides input into program planning through Supervisor, Manager, Planning Team, or Coordinator.
  • Assists with showering and personal care of each person as assigned/scheduled. Assists with lifting or physically transferring individuals per plan.
  • Assists with purchasing (ensuring proper receipts are obtained), providing proper care, labeling, and sorting of each person’s belongings.  Ensures that belongings are identified and accounted for properly, e.g., adding/removing from inventory, labeling appropriately, etc.
  • Prepares serves and stores foods in accordance with Agency Policies and Procedures.  Follows menus, diet orders, and meal guidelines provided by physician/dietitian.  Participates in meals and encourages safe eating practices in accordance with Choking Prevention Guidelines.
  • Implements monthly recreation and activity schedules as assigned by the Supervisor.  Assists with the development of recreation events as needed.
  • Accompanies individuals into the community for activities, medical appointments, and other services in a safe manner.  Help individuals manage themselves in a positive manner when in the community.
  • Maintains residence in a safe and healthy condition.  Responsible for setting up for activities, storing equipment properly, notifying supervisor of equipment needs, of broken equipment; regular cleaning of equipment; and overall cleanliness of residence.
  • Attends all monthly full staff meetings, IPP meetings, and scheduled training sessions as assigned.
  • Performs housekeeping duties listed in the daily assignment sheets including proper cleaning of adaptive equipment.
  • Acts as Primary Contact Person for 1 – 3 individuals as assigned.
  • Handles emergency situations according to Agency/Facility Policies & Procedures. Submits incident reports as required.
  • If certified to pass medications- Prepares and administers medications to individuals as assigned.  Assumes other medication/medical duties as assigned, e.g., first aid, medication/supply ordering, appointments, etc.  Reports medication errors or medical needs properly, e.g., incident report, RN on call, etc.
  • If certified to drive agency vehicles- Drives agency vehicle to transport individuals to activities, medical appointments, and other services in a safe manner.  Ensures pre-trip and post-trip checklists and driver documentation is maintained in accordance with policies and procedures.  Ensures immediate reporting of any accidents, tickets, or unsafe conditions related to vehicle operation and/or situations. Follow applicable laws whenever driving agency vehicles.
  • Adheres to agency standard of ethical behavior as outlined in the Corporate Compliance Program, the Code of Business Conduct and associated policies and guidelines, and all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Performs such other duties as assigned by the Manager, Supervisor, Nurse, or person in charge of the shift.
  • Adheres to the Personnel Policy established by the Board of Directors and the Policies & Procedures established by the Executive Director.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to read and write sufficiently to perform job duties.
  • An interest and desire to work with physically/mentally disabled people.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to respond to the demands of a behavioral situation.
  • Ability to be on feet all day to perform the routine care needs associated with the individuals supported.  
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. to assist with transfers as required per the person’s transfer and lifting plan.
  • Ability to perform SCIP-R (Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention- Revised) per each individual’s program plan.
  • Ability to work varying shifts and adhere to agency Red Dot system to ensure minimum staffing requirements are met.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain First Aid, CPR, and SCIP-R as appropriate.
  • If certified to pass medications, must maintain annual recertification per the approved Medication Administration Certification process.
  • If certified to drive agency vehicles, must maintain a valid driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the agency insurance carrier.

Job Description revised periodically to meet the needs of the program.

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