Direct Support Professional: Adult Developmental Services Curriculum

The Direct Support Professional (DSP) curriculum and training for instructors were introduced in January, 2001. The DSP course was recommended but not required until January, 2008. At that time the DSP became required training for providers of Home Support, Work Support, and Community Support under MaineCare sections 21 and 29.

In July, 2010, Developmental Services converted from the DSP Curriculum to the online Maine College of Direct Support as the required training for providers of Home Support, Work Support, and Community Support under MaineCare sections 21 and 29. Additional lessons for Work Support were added and became required January 1, 2011 for direct care workers providing Work Support.

For more information visit Maine College of Direct Support.

Accommodations for Deaf Staff

Occasionally, Adult Developmental Services recognizes certification through the DSP Curriculum as a reasonable accommodation for training staff who are deaf. For more information about this accommodation, contact the training coordinator in your regional office.

All paperwork and questions related to the DSP curriculum should be sent to: DSP.DHHS@maine.gov.