Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) duties range from helping people with basic health and daily supports like bathing, social activities and housekeeping, to caring for people with complex medical issues. DSPs provide essential care, services and support including dispensing, tracking and regulating medications as well as other medical needs.
DSPs are the lowest paid care givers in the IDD system yet, provide the same level and depth of service as those paid much more. They are the critical element of care for those who need their assistance to live a full inclusive life - yet many are forced to choose jobs with higher pay to support themselves and their families.
There are over 1,200 open positions for DSPs right now. Addionally, DSP positions top the list of the projected fastest-growing occupations in the country, making the current reality a crisis.