This week is Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week. DSPs compose most of the staff at Johnson County Developmental Supports, a county agency that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
DSPs play a crucial role in helping people with disabilities live, work and participate in the community. Work performed by DSPs includes providing residential supports such as assisting with meal prep, personal care and community outings; community employment supports such as helping someone apply for and secure a job, training and onsite job coaching; and working closely with clients in engaging activities during day and retirement programs.
Two of the county's DSPs talk about their careers at these links:
Across the nation, the DSP workforce shortage is at a crisis level. The national turnover rate for DSPs is 45 percent. JCDS typically has 15-20 DSP openings at any time. To see what DSP positions are currently available, please visit the county’s jobs page.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback issued a proclamation recognizing (DSP) Recognition Week on a statewide level, and the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners issued one on Sept. 7.