National direct Support Professional (DSP) week is September 9 – 15, 2018. Direct Support professionals, or “DSPs,” are staff who are directly involved in providing care and support to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ruth Jensen Village (RJV) and the Pike County Agency for Developmental Disabilities (PCADD) are two local agencies which employ DSPs, making up a sizable portion of our local workforce.
DSP week is an opportunity for parents, persons served, administrative staff, board members, case management staff, and the public to express their appreciation for the hard work that DSPs do in bettering the lives of persons with developmental disabilities.
DSPs employed at both Ruth Jensen Village and PCADD must undergo initial pre-employment background screens and subsequent on-going training related to their positions.
DSPs are responsible for personal care, hygiene, passing medications, teaching skills of daily living, transporting, following through with dietary guidelines, performing delegated nursing talks, and advocating on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities.
Most importantly, DSPs support the individuals they work with to “live lives like everyone else” as contributing members of our community.