What is a DSP?

What is a DSP?

A DSP is more formally known as a Direct Support Professional. DSPs work with people with disabilities to help them increase their independence and participate in the community.

What is a typical day like for a DSP?

If you are interested in becoming a DSP, you’ll have lots of options. Some DSPs help people with disabilities get jobs. Others focus on transportation or taking people out in the community. Others work in homes, helping with household tasks. Other examples of things you might do:

  • Assist people with cooking, cleaning or personal care.
  • Teach people new skills and encourage them to try new things.
  • Help individuals connect with friends and activities in the community.
  • Provide transportation to work or social events.

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What are the requirements to be a DSP?

  • Have or be willing to pursue a high school diploma or GED (If under 50 years old).
  • Be at least 17 or older.
  • Have or be willing to pursue a valid driver’s license, car insurance and a vehicle.
  • Pass a background check and drug screening.

Local employers are hiring DSPs for a variety of shifts, including full time, part time, evenings and weekends. This profession is a great fit for those caring for family members, taking GED or college classes or looking for an entry-level job that will lead to a longtime career.

Are there opportunities for advancement?

Working as a DSP in the developmental disabilities field can provide a lot of opportunities to advance and learn new skills. DSP’s who participate in continuing education can be eligible for pay raises. The Licking County Board of DD, as well as other state and local agencies provide options to participate in trainings and courses. With experience, DSPs have the opportunity to become managers, program coordinators or administrators.

How can I apply?DSP logo

It is easy for Licking County residents to apply to work as a DSP. One option is to go to dspcareers.com and get connected with DSP Employment Connections — a new program to support provider agencies in Licking County by offering to perform initial screenings DSP applicants for employment eligibility. This should not be construed as an application for employment at LCBDD. LCBDD’s role is limited to screening interested applicants for employment eligibility purposes on behalf of participating provider agencies. To find out more, contact Brandi Body at 740-644-0344 or Brandi.Body@lcountydd.org.

Direct Support Professional (DSP) Employment Connections Overview

The Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities (LCBDD) supports provider agencies in Licking County by offering to perform initial screenings of Direct Support Professional (DSP) applicants for employment eligibility. This should not be construed as an application for employment at the LCBDD.  LCBDD’s role is limited to screening interested applicants for employment eligibility purposes on behalf of participating provider agencies.  Provider agencies will conduct interviews as they see fit to further evaluate applicant suitability for open positions.

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Next Steps

The Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities will facilitate the completion of the Employment Eligibility Screening tool, Conviction Affidavit, Major Unusual Incident Database Check, Criminal Records Check, and Drug Screening.  If you are eligible for employment as a DSP based on these screenings, you will be asked to select the provider agency/agencies which have the open position(s) you wish to apply for.  LCBDD will provide you with agency information to include the agency’s website, brochures, etc.  LCBDD will not be able to advise you on which provider agency is the best fit for you.  It will be your responsibility to make this determination.  Your information and provider agency application(s) will be forwarded to the participating provider agency/agencies selected by you.  The provider agency/agencies will contact you if they wish to conduct an interview and will determine whether you are an appropriate fit for their organization.  If you are not eligible for employment based on LCBDD’s screening process, LCBDD will notify you that you’ve been determined ineligible at this time.

Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about this program, please feel free to contact LCBDD’s Provider Supports Department at (740) 349-6588.

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