Direct Support Professionals
A stable workforce of caring, competent, creative, well compensated, and qualified Direct Support Professionals is essential to providing safe, high quality and effective supports and services for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
It is The Arc New York’s position that:
- Direct Support Professionals must receive wages and benefits sufficient to attract and retain the workforce to fully support people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities living in the community.
- Relevant funding sources must support provider agencies in delivering high quality, certificate based training which covers the essential knowledge, ethical principles and practices, and skills necessary for effective direct care support.
- Training must ensure that Direct Support Professionals be educated in the philosophy and values that persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities are members of the community and should have every opportunity for choice and control over their lives.
- Providers must foster the professional and personal development of Direct Support Professionals by providing access to continuing education and training.
- National, state and local private and public entities must engage in policy initiatives that facilitate employment placement and offer financial supports as needed to increase the number of people employed in direct support work.
- Staff assignments of Direct Support Professionals must be thoroughly evaluated in order to minimize unnecessary transfers and prevent the resulting disruption of the continuity of service to persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
- A work environment must be provided that will foster optimum employee satisfaction.