Superintendent’s Message: May 2018


Note: This Superintendent’s Message accompanied the spring edition of the LCBDD newsletter Momentum, which was distributed in mid-May. If you would like to receive this newsletter and be added to our mailing list, contact Anna Jeffries at 740-322-6911 or For a digital PDF version of the newsletter, click here.


Many of you may be wondering just what a DSP — or direct support professional — really is.

DSPs are the heartbeat of the developmental disability services field. They are hired by providers so needed services and supports for
people with developmental disabilities can be offered.

I consider DSPs to be heroes, friends, companions, teachers, confidants and leaders. They are the front line staff who make a difference by working to fulfill the dreams of each person so they can live, happy, fulfilling lives.

One of the best decisions I ever made was becoming a DSP. I worked with two adult men who had a variety of support needs. I was there for them and I felt appreciated. Each day I looked forward to seeing these two guys, who I considered my friends. This experience taught me so much more than I could ever have imagined. I will be forever grateful for the skills and traits I gained.

Today, DSPs continue to find the job to be rewarding. I often hear them say that this is the best job they have ever had. I’ve also heard how much they love
coming to work. You don’t get these additional benefits of emotional gratitude at just any job. The rewards are endless.

We have excellent providers in Licking County who are looking for people interested in becoming DSPs. If you want to learn more, contact Brandi Body at the board office at 740-349-6588 or go to and click on Licking County to get an overview of employers in our county who are hiring.

Contact Superintendent/CEO Jason L. Umstot by calling 740-349-6588 or email

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