Wabasha County Developmental Achievement Center

The responsibilities of the Designated Coordinator for the Positive Supports and Life Enrichment Programming area at the Wabasha County DAC are as outlined but not limited to the following:

Conduct shall always meet high professional standards, including confidentiality, co-worker relations, cooperation and team work.Perform all responsibilities including additional responsibilities not outlined below when designated by your supervisor.Job duties may be subject to change as needed to fulfill State requirements and/or the successful operations of the DAC.

The Wabasha County Developmental Achievement Center is a Day Training and Habilitation facility that supports individuals with mild to severe mental and physical disabilities.As a team member, you are expected to assist in providing services that develop and maintain life skills for the individuals we serve so they can achieve greater independence, productivity and community inclusion.

DT&H services provide training, supervision and support in the areas of:

  • Communication
  • Community access, mobility and inclusion
  • Money management and budgeting
  • Pedestrian / street safety
  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Public transportation
  • Recreation and leisure
  • Self-care
  • Self-preservation
  • Socialization
  • Use of various community resources
  • Work related skills training


A.Assist and/or complete intakes with person-centered service plan with team members when it pertains to individuals largely benefiting and utilizing the Life Enrichment Programming Area and those individuals requiring Positive Support Service Plans.

B.Develop, write and implement each person served on your caseload, person-centered support plans, (CSSP) Coordinated Service and Support Plans, (IAPP) Individual Abuse Prevention Plans and Risk Management Assessments.

C.Schedule annual and as needed conferences for individuals on your caseload, communicate regarding conferences with all team members and participate in conferences.Maintain all signatures required by 245D licensing rules and regulations.

D.Write quarterly and annual reports as needed or directed by the person served and/or team to fulfill their person-centered Plan.

E.Problem solve as needed and/or be creative to problem solve.

F.Coordinate and ensure the protection from abuse and general well-being of each person served.

G.Support Director Support staff with orientation, training and supervision in regard to person-centered needs and services as written in their specific plan.

H.Be available to make and receive calls, emails and other forms of communication with all team members associated with your caseload.

I.Take action necessary to facilitate the accomplishment of the outcomes according to the requirements in 245D.

J.Provide instruction and assistance to direct support staff implementing the CSSP and the service outcomes including direct observation and service delivery sufficient to assess staff competency.

K.Evaluate the effectiveness of service delivery, methodologies, and progress on the person’s served outcomes based on the measurable and observable criteria for identifying when the desired outcome has been achieved.


A.Establish and implement Individual Program Plans consisting of goals, objectives and actions in the following areas:

1.Design and implement Positive Support Plans for persons served requiring training, supervision and support in the areas of using appropriate actions and conducting themselves in a manner as to not harm themselves or others, those who exhibit challenging behaviors and need additional support in experiencing choice, problem solving, decision making, reinforcement and consequences.

2.Provide training, instruction and assistance to direct support staff that work with individuals on Positive Support Service Plans and develop healthy schedule rotations for those working 1:1 with persons served.

3.Provide annual 245D Positive Supports Rule, Emergency Use of Manual Restraint, and Prohibited Procedures training to all staff.Training must include the following guidelines set forth by MN DHS 245D Regulations:

  • De-escalation techniques / methods and their value.
  • Simulated experiences of administering and receiving manual restraint procedures allowed by the DAC on an emergency basis.
  • The safe and correct use of emergency manual restraint according to MN Statutes 245D.061.
  • What constitutes the use of restraint, including chemical restraint, time-out and seclusion.
  • How to properly identify thresholds for implementing and ceasing restrictive procedures.
  • How to recognize, monitor, and respond to the person’s physical signs of distress including positional asphyxia.
  • The physiological impact on the person and the staff when restrictive procedures are used.
  • The communicative intent of behaviors.
  • Relationship building and how to avoid power struggles.
  • Principles of person-centered service planning and delivery and how they apply to direct support provided by staff.
  • Staff responsibilities related to prohibited procedures under MN Statutes 245D.06 sub.5, why the procedures are not effective for reducing or eliminating symptoms or interfering behavior; and why the procedures are not safe.
  • Staff responsibilities related to restricted and permitted actions and procedures under MN Statutes, 245D.06, subd. 6 and 7.
  • Principles of positive support strategies (such as positive behavior support) and actual positive support strategies.
  • The relationship between staff interactions with the person and the person’s behavior, and the relationship between the person’s environment and the person’s behavior.
  • Situations in which staff must contact 911 in response to an imminent risk of harm to the person or others.
  • The procedures and forms staff must use to monitor and report use of restrictive interventions that are part of a positive support transition plan (PSTP).
  • The procedures and requirements for notifying members of the person’s expanded support team after the use of a restrictive intervention with the person.
  • Understanding of the person as a unique individual and how to implement treatment plans and responsibilities assigned to the DAC.
  • Cultural competence.
  • Personal staff accountability and staff self-care after emergencies.

4.Plan, coordinate and assist in the supervision of social events, such as monthly birthday parties, holidays, etc.

5.Develop constructive leisure and life enrichment activities for persons served and those who have retired from other program areas due to age that involve improving fine motor abilities like finder dexterity and hand-eye coordination, practicing for and then experiencing various social situations, and displaying appropriate behavior in order to be accepted by others in the community.This may include music and relaxation therapy, sensory stimulation experiences, arts and crafts projects, interactive games, cognitive and movement therapies.

6.Provide information and recommendation and assisting in solving current problems and planning for the future for persons served, parents, guardians, and families.

7.Assisting persons served that are struggling with anxiety, fear of inclusion, struggling with social acceptance and other mental health barriers that are prohibiting individuals to successfully become integrated in their communities and gaining competitive employment.


A.Provide assistance and support to individuals with disabilities that have impaired their ability to independently perform personal hygiene and self-care independently. This includes assistance with:

1.Toileting, changing soiled incontinent products and assisting with clothing changes, monitoring individuals who wander so they can get to the restroom and return to programming safely, and encouraging the practice of good hygiene; encouraging hand-washing, assisting with good oral hygiene such as brushing teeth after meals, etc.

2.Prepare snacks during break times and preparing lunches for individuals requiring assistance.Encouraging self-feeding through adaptive aids; specially designed tableware, drinking glasses, G-tube and Ileostomy cares.

3.Assist individuals with ambulation needs and those at risk of wandering safely arrive and depart the DAC.

4.Provide assistance with adaptive transfer aids and equipment such as lifts, commodes, therapy mats, special needs beds and table, etc.

5.Once trained, provide medication assistance and/or supervision for individuals requiring this service at the DAC.


A.You are a Mandated Reporter.You must follow all rules and regulations outlined in the Vulnerable Adult Act, Reporting and Review of the Maltreatment of Minors and the DAC’s Program Abuse Prevention Plan.

B.You will review all Persons Served files after each individual has their annual conference.This includes review of their Coordinated Community Support Plan, Self-Management Plan, Individual Abuse Prevention Plan and Skills Needs Inventory.

C.Report non-typical occurrences or behaviors, medical or health needs to your direct supervisor and/or administrative staff so proper documentation and communication can be relayed to other DAC staff, residential caregivers, guardians and case managers can be made aware if necessary.

D.Be aware of all persons served medical and psychological health, including allergies, choking risks, healthcare directives, etc.

E.Respect Service Recipient Rights and Data Privacy.

F.Be knowledgeable of all emergency protocols, including Basic First Aid.

G.Report all accidents to the Executive Director or management staff as soon as possible.

H.Be knowledgeable of all 245D Regulations and DAC Policies and Procedures.

I.Participate in positive public relation efforts on behalf of the DAC including attending fundraising events, promotional campaigns, etc.

J.Take responsibility for personal and professional growth by attending all required team member meetings and trainings.


Applications can be emailed to Wabasha DAC Executive Director,

Ryan Buhler at: ryanwcdac@gmail.com

Revised 8/2019