The Direct Support Professional provides person centered supports based on the individual’s needs, preferences and choices. DSPs perform a wide variety of tasks and activities based on the valued outcomes of each person they work with, and reflecting the specific skills and abilities of each individual. DSPs encourage, guide and offer training to develop daily living skills, ensuring personal needs are met, promoting active engagement in the community life and ensuring health and safety. DSPs create a positive and enriching program environment for all persons supported. Direct Support Professionals are a vital member of each person’s support team. DSP’s are expected to know, understand and live the Code of Ethics.
Direct Support Professionals work under the supervision of a Supervisor/ Manager/Assistant Manager/Supervisor. DSPs provide an array of supports to individuals with Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD), individuals who have dual diagnosis, and/ or individuals on the autism spectrum. Supports provided may be offered in a residential, day, home or other setting. DSPs assist and support individuals to identify and achieve their personal outcome measures (POMs). DSPs motivate individuals to develop their vocational, nutritional, social and personal skills to achieve the highest possible level of independence. All supports are offered in positive settings, that are the least restrictive possible.
Direct Support Professionals provide observations, evaluations, and reports to other team members to ensure and/or record an individual’s progress toward their personal goals, in accordance with their individual support plans. In doing this, they guide, assist and teach individuals to advance their skills to foster an independence based on their needs, preferences and desires.
As a member of the program planning team, Direct Support Professionals communicate with other DSPs, supervisors and/or clinical staff, Individuals, families, employers, community members and others for the purpose of sharing information and obtaining direction. DSP’s have a significant role in terms of communication and ensuring important information is exchanged. Communication is expected to be professional, whether in writing or verbally, and must always adhere to the organization’s confidentiality policies and procedures.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Individual Development and Personal Interest
Maintaining the Environment
Education and/or Experience
High School Diploma or Equivalency Diploma; Preferred Six months work experience with individuals with ID/DD. Willingness to continue to develop personal skills and educational opportunities.
Good written and verbal communication skills; Bi-lingual a plus; ability to learn basic sign language when needed
Basic routine documentation and tabulation of progress
Able to align POMS/ Code of Ethics/ DSP competencies and incorporate standards into daily activities and supports offered to individuals within all programs.
Basic computer skills required, such as; Word, Excel etc.
Certificates, Licenses & Registrations
Must be cleared through a Criminal Background Check and Fingerprinting by Justice Center, MHLS, OCFS; Must acquire and maintain mandatory training as required (AMAP, SCIP, CPR, First Aid); Must possess and maintain a valid NYS Driver’s License
Positive attitude towards working with individuals with developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and ability to successfully work in a team environment including with other staff, families, community members. DSP’s must be able to demonstrate creativity and flexibility in their daily job activities.
Able to demonstrate skills and support individuals with disabilities; able to assist an individual physically when needed; able to lift and/or assist a person in an emergency
Able to tolerate and work in a loud and busy environment, Able to encourage positive attitude toward individuals’ capabilities and limitations due to his/her disabilities. DSP’s must be open to support individuals in a variety of community settings.