Developmental Services

Direct Service Worker Training Project (DSWTP)

Maine is one of six states to receive a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to develop a competency-based, coordinated training program for direct service workers. Under the Direct Service Worker Training Project, the Department of Health and Human Services is working in partnership with the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine in Augusta to develop and test a competency-based core curriculum for workers in the three most popular job titles:

  • Personal Support Specialist (PSS)
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician I (MHRT I)
  • Direct Support Professional (DSP)

The DSWTP is part-way through its pilot project and has begun offering training to some Direct Service Workers. Training taken through the DSWTP will qualify an individual to work in the area in which they receive certification. The DSWTP is not replacing any current certifications, but is being offered as a valid substitute. DSP certification through the Maine College of Direct Support remains the primary certification model for Direct Support Professionals with Adult Developmental Services.

For more information on the DSWTP go to: