What qualifications are needed to be a DSP?

  1. Must be age 16 or older.
  2. Must be able to speak and understand English and a language understood by a large percentage of persons served by the Provider.
  3. Must prove prior employment and residence for two years prior to employment.
  4. Must have completed eight years of grade school or provide proof of ability to read at an 8th grade level. Please see the Required Documentation for All Levels of Education and Foreign Education
  5. Must complete Required Registry Clearances & Criminal Fingerprint Background Checks
  6. Must successfully complete an approved DSP training program within 120 calendar days of hire or being assigned DSP responsibilities.  A DSP training program cannot be completed in less than 21 calendar days from when it starts.
  7. Must report DSP training to the Health Care Worker Registry within 30 days of completing an approved DSP training program and designated as a "DD Aide" on the Health Care Worker Registry. See Health Care Worker Registry Instruction Manual.

    Important:  At least one fully-trained DSP must be on a program site any time one or more persons are receiving services. A fully-trained DSP is a person identified on the Health Care Worker Registry (HCWR) as a DD Aide.

  8. Must be certified in First Aid and CPR through the American Red Cross or American Heart Association or hold current certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).  First Aid and CPR certifications may be earned during DSP training.

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