Service Recipients / Family / Advocate Resources
It is important for the people who are supported by or work with Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to understand not only the duties and responsibilities of these professionals but also the high standards required of them by New York State.
As a person with a developmental or intellectual disability, a family member, or an advocate, you have every right to question the support being provided by DSPs and to participate in their annual evaluations. The Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation understand how overwhelming this can be. That is why we are providing the following list of resources – videos, webinars, and documents – for your use.
Feel free to download or view any of them as often as you wish.
If you have any questions, please contact us!
DSP Evaluations for People Receiving Support/Family/Advocates
This resource includes a number of webinars covering a variety of topics that maybe helpful to DSPs as they learn how to incorporate the Core Competencies and Code of Ethics into their daily work lives.
This resources provides links to seven videos that were created to help DSPs, supervisors, people receiving services, and families understand the Core Competencies goals and how they are implemented in order to better serve people with disabilities. Training manuals and other accompanying documents are available for download.
This video resource explains the changing roles and expectations of DSPs
This resource is a downloadable document that summarizes Workforce Transformation and what it means to the people receiving services, their families, and advocates.
This tool is an evaluation form designed to be used by the person receiving services, family members, or advocates who are able to give written feedback about the DSP who is providing service to them. This information will be used by the DSP’s supervisor to inform them on how they are performing their job. The questions within the seven goal areas can be tailored to the type of services or supports being provided.
This tool can be used to gain information on how a DSP is providing service in accordance to the Core Competencies and Code of Ethics in a setting where a supervisor is not present. Supervisors can use this tool to obtain assessment information about a DSP when the person receiving services, family member or advocate is unable to complete the written evaluation. The questions within the seven goal areas can be tailored to the type of services or supports being provided.
#2014-03: Service Provider Implementation of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) Code of Ethics, NYS DSP Core Competencies and NYS DSP Performance Evaluations Start Date (Implementation Begins): July 1, 2014; Effective Date (Full Implementation): March 31, 2017
This resource defines the Code of Ethics for DSPs and identifies the nine areas of conduct and professionalism included in the Code. It also provides a list of other resources to help DSPs and their supervisors understand the Code.
This resource explains what the Core Competencies are, the seven goal areas, and includes other resources to help DSPs and their supervisors understand how to implement the Competencies and use them in DSP evaluations.
This resource contains six videos that show the difference between a DSP and a caregiver. A downloadable PowerPoint presentation is available.