About the Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation

The Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation (RCWT) are regional collaborations between service providers, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), people who receive services and other stakeholders in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The RCWT are coordinated by the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) through funding provided by New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

The RCWT were created in 2013 to strengthen the professionalism of DSPs who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The RCWT mission is to develop the capacity of the DSPs by educating them on nationally validated ethical standards, offering resources that help develop professional skill sets, and improving their overall competencies.

The RCWT work with provider agencies in the implementation of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) Code of Ethics, the New York State OPWDD DSP Core Competencies, and DSP Performance Evaluations, all of which guide the professional growth of New York State’s more than 110,000 DSPs.

The RCWT vision is to create a stable DSP workforce in New York State – one that is ethical, competent, professional, and effective in helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live the lives they want to their fullest potential.

Through the online Resource Library, the RCWT offer trainings for DSPs, Frontline Supervisors, and administrators in workforce transformation, the Code of Ethics, and the Core Competencies, as well as informative webinars and other useful resources for DSPs, people who receive services, family members, and advocates.

The RCWT also assist agencies and organizations with understanding OPWDD’s Administrative Memorandum, which explains in detail the state’s Workforce Transformation initiative.

The RCWT do not have a single physical location or offices, but meet at different locations within each of the six Regions.

Each region has a specific contact person or Region Lead who can answer questions and provide information. More information can also be found on our online Frequently Asked Questions resource as well as our News page.

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