Celebrating Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week Sept. 9-15
North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue has proclaimed the week of September 9-15, 2012 as National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week.
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) maintain trusted relationships with millions of people with disabilities they support each day. We recognize the people we support at Monarch are more likely to succeed when experienced, motivated staff provides stable and compatible support. The successes of many of the people Monarch supports come from our talented and caring DSPs.
"These key staff members are vital to the agency’s success and we are very proud of the work and sacrifices they make every day," said Jim Kelley, Monarch's chief operating officer.
Direct support professionals enable people with developmental disabilities to live in their own communities by assisting them with their daily affairs and intimate needs: medications, meals, dressing, mobility, vocational training, respite care and other in-home services. As recognition week is observed, please take some time to demonstrate how much you appreciate the direct support team and the tremendous differences they make in the lives of people supported.
Did you know? DSP Workforce Facts
• More than 300,000 Americans with disabilities are languishing on waiting lists for desperately needed services. The average wait is 8-10 years.
• By 2020, an estimated 1.2 million DSPs will be needed to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, an increase of 37 percent or roughly 323,000 jobs.
• DSP turnover averages 38 percent in the private sector compared with 15 percent among their state-employed counterparts. High turnover greatly reduced the consistency and quality of supports received by people with disabilities.
Facts Source: NADSP
Pictured above: Kecia Padilla, lead developmental specialist, shares a laugh with Beth McGowen.