Core Competency Tool Kit

The NYS DSP Core Competencies, combined with the Code of Ethics for Direct Support Professionals, are values-based competencies and skills that are the foundation of person-centered supports for New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These competencies are part of New York State’s Workforce Transformation initiative.

The Competencies are broken down into seven goal areas covering all aspects of life for people with developmental disabilities, while also including the professionalism of direct support. A Core Competencies video is now available that demonstrates the key components.

The seven goal areas are:

  • Putting People First
  • Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships
  • Demonstrating Professionalism
  • Supporting Good Health
  • Supporting Safety
  • Having a Home
  • Being Active and Productive in Society

The Core Competencies are NOT a training program. They represent the day-to-day valuable work that DSPs perform when serving individuals with developmental disabilities.

To assist DSPs and Frontline Supervisors with understanding the Core Competencies, the RCWT have develop a list of online resources that can be used whenever needed to continue the state’s Workforce Transformation initiative.
Click on the links to watch a video, webinar, or download a document.
Have questions? Please contact us!

OPWDD Resources

Core Competencies Orientation for DSPs

Orientation Video

Transformation Core Competencies for DSPs

Transformation Core Competencies Video

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