What if the DSP is a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP)?

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Individuals listed on the state QIDP-Eligible Registry who have completed a DHS-approved 40-hour QIDP training program and spend 20% or more of their time providing direct support to persons with developmental disabilities may be added to the Health Care Worker Registry as a DD Aide (DSP) IF they:

  1. Complete a 49-hour abbreviated DSP training program consisting of the following components of a DHS-approved DSP training program:
    • CPR and First Aid training, must document current certification. Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT):  6 hours.
    • Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation Prevention, Recognition & Intervention: 3 hours of classroom training and 5 hours of on-the-job training.
    • Basic Health and Safety: 15 hours of classroom and 20 hours of on-the-job training.
  2. Demonstrate competency in all areas listed in the DSP Training Program Core Competency Area Checklist, or listed as DSP Required Classroom Competencies and DSP Required OJT Competencies. The DSP Training Program Core Competency Area Checklist (pdf) (IL462-1286) or DSP Training Core Competency Verification Form (pdf) (IL462-1288) - must be completed and signed to document competencies have been demonstrated to the employing agency. Either form may be used to document the QIDP has demonstrated competency in all DSP areas. 
  3. Have their abbreviated DSP training reported to the Health Care Worker Registry (HCWR) within 30 days of its completion to be designated as a "DD Aide" on the Health Care Worker Registry. See Illinois Health Care Worker Registry Instruction Manual (pdf)
  4. Have the required results of all required registry and criminal fingerprint background checks, clearance through the DCFS Children Abuse and Neglect Tracking System (CANTS), Illinois Sex Offender Registry and HFS OIG Sanctions List.

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