Direct Support Professional (Crisis Stabilization) – Penn Center – Cedar Rapids, IA

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Penn Center

AbbeHealth Services – is a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to providing mental health and aging services that help individuals achieve their optimum levels of independence and success.

Penn Center, Inc. is seeking excellent candidates for our NEW Crisis Observation Services and Residential Crisis Stabilization program in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This program will be one of four local agencies providing services in the NEW Linn County Mental Health Access Center. This will be a collaborative and innovative effort of meeting the needs of those with mental health needs and do not need inpatient support. This is a never done before program in the community and we are looking for compassionate and supportive persons to apply

Seeking full-time and part-time 1st shift and 2nd shift rotation (7am-3pm and 3pm-11pm) and fulltime 3rd shift (3rd shift has a $1.00 shift differential). Weekend packages $3.00 incentive also being considered.

Crisis Services are designed to assist individuals who are in a mental health crisis and need a supportive environment and staff to help them work through the crisis. We provide a stable and consistent environment to adults who are experiencing a mental health crisis in a community setting 24 hours per day 7 days per week. Staff role is to collaborate with the individual in crisis to develop and implement a crisis stabilization plan. This plan will assist the individual developing and implementing strategies which will help them to manage the impact of the crisis as they return home. The direct support professional will create a supportive environment that includes admission process to the program, assessing status and immediate needs in collaboration with the mental health team. The collaborative atmosphere will also include skill development interventions with the individual and documenting observable behaviors and symptoms.

Bachelor’s degree in social work, nursing, psychology or other human services related is preferred with 1 year of mental health related experience. Highschool diploma or 2- year Associates degree will be considered with 2 years of relatable work experience in mental health and other human service-related positions. Must pass records and driving checks, pre-employment drug screen and have a valid Iowa driver’s license.

AbbeHealth provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Pay: $13.00 – $14.50 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Night shift


  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)


  • behavioral/mental health work: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Iowa driver’s license (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • Multiple locations

Benefit Conditions:

  • Only full-time employees eligible

Work Remotely:

  • No

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place