Direct Support Person Course Coordinator (DSP)

  1. Course Overview
  2. Course Objectives
  3. Attendance Requirements
  4. Upcoming Training Schedule and Registration
  5. Continuing Education Credits
  6. Course Materials
  7. Registration Confirmation
  8. Registration Cancellation
  9. Training Canceled or Rescheduled
  10. Certificate of Attendance

Course Overview

This course is designed to prepare course coordinators or training staff to conduct a DHS approved Direct Support Person (DSP) training program consisting of at least 40-hours of classroom training and 80-hours of on-the-job training. The Direct Support Person Course Coordinator (DSP) curriculum is being revised.

The course provides an overview of DSP course coordinator responsibilities such as:

  • Training program approval.
  • Complying with 2-year review requirement.
  • Reporting DSPs to the Health Care Worker Registry.
  • Maintaining records with required forms
  • Training reimbursement requests.
  • All DSP training curriculum modules.
  • Guidance on how to deliver classroom and OJT modules.
  • Effectively using the Instructor Guides.

Course Objectives

To effectively train DSPs.  The training consists of 40 hours of classroom training and 80 hours of on-the-job (OJT) training.  Participants will be taught:

  • components of the DSP training program.
  • approved on-the-job training activities and competency-based training assessments (CBTAs).
  • types of other agency-specific training to incorporate into its DSP training program.
  • DSP training requirements and how to submit appropriate documentation to DHS.
  • how to design and conduct classroom activities, on-the-job training and competency evaluations.
  • how to identify qualified trainers and seek approval through DHS.
  • how to adapt, if necessary, OJTs and CBTAs from the DSP Training Program Approved OJTs and CBTAs for use in their agencies.

Attendance Requirements

The following requirements must be met in order for someone to register for this training.

  • DHS-approved agency licensed to provide CILA, DT or Child Group Home services.
  • Agency is actively working with its local Independent Service Coordination (ISC) agency to identify potential consumers.
  • Agency person who coordinates the 120-hour DSP training must attend.
  • Attending does not automatically qualify you to be a DSP instructor.  See Checklist I (pdf) (IL462-1282) guidelines.
  • Attendance is not required to teach the DSP curriculum.

Upcoming Training Schedule and Registration

Date Time Registration
Dates for 2024 coming soon 9 am - 1 pm Coming soon

Continuing Education Credits

  • The course is a 4 hour course. Four (4) hours of Continuing Education Credits are being offered for all professional licenses.
  • QIDPs may also apply this training toward the 8 hours annual continuing education credits requirement.

Course Materials

Required Materials

Print all 6 curriculum modules or download and have available during the class. Presenters will also need the presenter's supplement modules. These include:

Reference Materials

These are not required to be printed for the DSP Course Coordinator Training.

  • Rule 50: (Administrative Rule:  Office of Inspector General Investigations of Alleged Abuse or Neglect in State-Operated Facilities and Community Agencies).

Registration Confirmation

You will receive a registration confirmation at least two days in advance of the class to the email address listed. Training will be held via Webex. Link will be sent with your confirmation.

Registration Cancellation

To cancel your registration, please email or (217) 558-1511.

Training Canceled or Rescheduled

The Bureau of Quality Management will notify you by the email listed on your registration at least 24 hours prior to the event should a training need to be canceled or rescheduled.

Certificate of Attendance

Upon completion of the DSP Course Coordinator training event the IDHS Presenter will provide registrants with a Certificate of Attendance to maintain as documentation of CEs for the training record files.