Who are Direct Support Professionals (DSPs)?

Why do we need to secure more funding for DSPs?

Benefits of Additional Funding for Direct Support Professionals

Additional funding would help recruit and retrain qualified and experienced staff to assist and support individuals with lifelong intellectual or developmental disabilities in various settings.

With more funding, agencies can expand their services and serve a larger population of individuals with disabilities, reducing waitlists and ensuring timely access to critical support.

Increased funding will help DSPs achieve pay parity with employees at state-operated institutions who are performing the same essential services they are.

Adequate funding enables agencies to offer competitive wages and benefits to DSPs, which reduces attrition and will prevent the continued closure of group homes.

Additional funding will directly ensure the safety of and promote the autonomy of individuals with IDD living in group homes and the community who deserve and need quality care.

  • Medication/Administration
  • Assisting clients with their oral medications
  • Administration of medications via gastrostomy or jejunastomy tubes
  • Administering medications sublingually
  • Administering ear drops, eye drops, nose drops and nasal spray
  • Applying topical medications
  • Administering suppositories
  • Administering oxygen (non-acute)
  • Administering inhalation medication-routine/prophylaxis
  • Administering insulin
  • Administering medications via Pill Reminder box
  • Tube Feeding
  • Test – Demonstrated procedure for Preparation
  • Feeding and irrigation via gastrostomy or jejunostomy
  • Test – Demonstrated procedure for feeding
  • Meal preparation
  • Transfer/Ambulation/Positioning
  • Test – Demonstrated proper Transfer Procedures
  • Test – Demonstrated proper Positioning Procedures
  • Test – Proper procedures for Trach/Ventilator/Insulin Pump Care
  • Trach care procedures including instilling normal saline, routine suctioning, routine oxygen
  • Ventilator care
  • Insulin Pump
  • Seizure Management
  • Incontinence management
  • Manage and report Incidents
  • Manage Maladaptive Behaviors
  • Routine skin care
  • Hygiene
  • Bathing
  • Hairwashing techniques on an individual
  • Toileting an individual
  • Dressing
  • Grooming
  • Elimination


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