What if DSP worked as a DSP before July 1, 1999, but did not complete an approved DSP training program?

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Effective July 1, 1999, DHS required providers to have an approved 120-hour DSP training program and add trained DSPs to the Health Care Worker Registry. Staff with documented employment as a DSP but who did not complete an approved DSP training program and never listed on the Health Care Worker Registry as a DD Aide can be added to the Health Care Worker Registry as a DD Aide by completing the following abbreviated DSP training program.

  • Basic Health and Safety module: 15 hours of classroom, 20 hours of OJTs.
  • Abuse, Neglect Prevention and Recognition module: 3 hours of classroom, 5 hours of on-the-job training.
  • Having or obtaining current certification in CPR and First Aid training or current certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

The remaining modules can be waived if staff can demonstrate all the competencies trained in those modules.  Providers should use the DSP Training Program Core Competency Checklist or DSP Training Program: Core Competency Verification form to document the assessment of competency and retrain the person in any skill gap area identified through this review process.  Upon completion of these abbreviated training requirements, the person can have their DSP training record added to the Health Care Worker Registry and be designated a DD Aide.

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