Direct Support Professionals


Direct Support Professionals  work for a community provider that offers 24-hour instruction and support services to people with disabilities. Individuals who  receive services live in their own homes with supported living, or in a  group home to promote their personal power, choice,  and full access to the greater community. DSPs work in the individual’s  home and help the individual maintain skills or learn new skills at home and in the community.

DSPs have many employers to choose from and can advance in their career.

Love working with people? You will love being a DSP! Use the Supported Living Locator to find a job near you.

 

   

“You get so much from the people you’re working with, to grow  and become a better human being, not just a better employee.” 

- Cody L., Kokua Services

DDA Direct Support Professional FAQ

Direct Support Professionals receive competitive hourly wages. Pay and benefit package is determined by the agency a direct support professional is hired to work for.  

 Click on the Supported Living Locator tool link to begin your career today!

Direct Support Professionals work with  adults in the individual’s home and in the community. A DSP follows a detailed care plan guided by the individual that describes the daily support needs and the goals the individual would like to accomplish. Based on the individual’s needs and desires, the DSP provides the individual with a safe living environment, help with daily tasks, and teaches them life skills in areas such as:

  • Menu planning and cooking
  • Shopping
  • Bill paying
  • Social activities
  • Hygiene
  • Medical appointments and medication management
  • Service planning and goal setting
  • Creating meaningful connections with others
  • Opportunities for advancement.
  • Ability to receive on the job training and continuing education like others working in the same profession.
  • Making a difference in the lives of others.
  • Creating a more inclusive and diverse community.
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Ability to receive on the job training and continuing education like others working in the same profession
  • Making a difference in the lives of others
  • Creating a more inclusive and diverse community

Use the Supported Living Locator tool link to locate contact information for private agencies or state operated agencies (SOLA)  for the geographical area you want to work in.