Direct Support Professional

A Direct Support Professional (DSP):

  • Works with people with an Intellectual Disability or Autism
  • Can work in a residential setting, in a person’s home, or on the job or in the community with the person being served
  • Provides assistance with ADLs and IADLs; skill development; behavior management; health and nutrition maintenance; administering certain medications; assessing well-being; identifying need for medical assistance; assistance making decisions or exercising judgment; and communication.

To become a DSP the candidate must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Complete the 45-hour College of Direct Support training program within one year from date of hire

A person may not be hired as a DSP if  that person has ever been:

  • Convicted of a crime involving abuse, neglect or exploitation
  • Convicted of a crime in connection to intentional or knowing conduct that caused, threatened, solicited or created the substantial risk of bodily injury to another person
  • Convicted of a crime resulting from a sexual act, contact, touching or solicitation in connection to any victim; or
  • Convicted of any other crime classified as Class A, B or C or the equivalent of any of these, or any reckless conduct that caused, threatened, solicited or created the substantial risk of bodily injury to another person within the preceding two (2) years

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