Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Consumer survey:direct support professionals

"Direct Support Professionals are in short supply and this is a national trend," said DDRS Director Peter Bisbecos. "According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, six of the ten industries projected to grow the fastest are health related. Demand for social and human service workers is projected to increase by 56 percent between 2004 and 2014 and we are taking action now to ensure that individuals with disabilities will have the supports they need in the coming years."

One of the biggest challenges to providing community supports for people with developmental disabilities is the ability to find, keep and retain qualified direct support professionals (DSPs).

The DSP Initiative is a 3 year project whose main goal is to help reduce the turnover of direct support staff by improving the education and training of those who enter the profession.

This survey is intended to find out what benefits people with disabilities or their families can see in the Direct Service Professional (DSP) Initiative. Some possible outcomes include:

service participants and direct support professionals are partners in the move towards a self-determined life, and in complimenting and facilitating growth of natural supports

people needing support are more likely to fulfill their life dreams if they have well-trained, experienced, and motivated people at their side in long-term, stable, compatible support relationships

Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey since this is such an important issue in the lives of people with disabilities.

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