Opens a New Window. Direct Support Professionals (DSP)
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) help people with developmental disabilities lead more independent lives and participate more fully in their communities. This in-demand career offers rewarding job opportunities with flexible schedules in a wide variety of settings. As a direct support professional, you support people in their day-to-day life and activities, including:
- Taking small groups of people into the community to volunteer or enjoy leisure activities
- Supporting a person by teaching daily living skills such as cooking, housekeeping, transportation or other tasks
- Teaching skills that promote greater independence
- Encouraging a healthy lifestyle
- Helping a person identify their talents, interests, goals and abilities
- Connecting someone to opportunities or places in their community to develop relationships with others
- Providing job skills training or on-the-job support
What is a DSP? See what it's about
This two minute video explains how Direct Support Professionals assist people with developmental disabilities in their day-to-day activities: "What is a DSP?" video.
Here's what a DSP says about her work:
Aundrea Gullette, a Direct Support Professional with Graceworks, has been a DSP for four years, and says she likes helping people with disabilities with their everyday needs, whether it be personal care or taking them out in the community for an event or activity. "I like to put a smile on their face, and help them do things they can't do without support."
She finds special joy in helping them reach their goals. "Whether it be taking someone to get an application for a job or helping them learn something new, I try to encourage them to do for themselves, because it that feeling of accomplishment makes them happy. And that's what I want for them."
Did you know MCBDDS will pay up to $1,000 for successful DSP referrals?
MCBDDS will offer a financial reward to people who recruit new Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) for a limited time. Rewards will be paid in $250 increments for each documented three-month period a new candidate works, up to a maximum of $1,000 over the course of the person's first year of employment.
These incentives will only be paid to people who refer candidates that become part- or full-time DSPs in residential or day services settings based on the terms outlined above. They do not apply to the recruitment of independent providers. People who recruit more than one DSP will qualify for incentives, paid over time, for each person recruited, provided the person meets the specific terms.
To receive the incentive, new DSP recruits must include the name of the person who recruited them on their application at the time of hiring. Providers should report the new hires, along with the name of their recruiter, to MCBDDS Director of Provider Relations Mitch Snyder as soon as the hiring process is complete. As the new hire completes each quarter of work, the provider will need to inform Mitch so MCBDDS can make arrangements for the recruiter to be paid.
Questions about this process? Contact Mitch at 937-559-0899 or via email.