Developmental Disabilities Direct Support Workforce


DSPOhio is a unique, statewide DSP (Direct Support Professional) recruitment effort that combines targeted multi-media advertising to brand the term DSP with an on-line DSPOhio job-site that connects potential employees with developmental disability provider employers.

Ohio Provider Resource Association

The Ohio Provider Resource Association is launching DSPOhio in direct response to Ohio’s developmental disability system’s number one challenge-the direct support workforce crisis. To effectively recruit DSPs on an ongoing basis a process is required to increase awareness of and familiarity with the important and rewarding role of providing direct supports to individuals with developmental disabilities. DSPOhio is singularly purposed to find and attract individuals across Ohio who may wish to be a DSP and help them immediately connect to an employing provider of their choice.

OPRA wishes to thank it’s contributing partners to DSPOhio:

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Ohio Health Care Association
Values and Faith Alliance


And the following list of Ohio County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and their Regional Councils of Governments:

Allen County
Carroll County
Champaign County
Clark County
Clinton County
Cuyahoga County
Defiance County
Fairfield County
Franklin County
Fulton County
Guernsey County
Hardin County
Henry County
Holmes County
Jefferson County
Licking County
Logan County
Lucas County
Mahoning County
Mercer County
Miami County
Paulding County
Perry County
Pickaway County
Putnam County
Richland County
Ross County
Shelby County
Stark County
Summit County
Tuscarawas County
Union County
Van Wert County
Washington County
Williams County
Wood County

Clearwater Council of Government (comprised of the following counties)

Crawford County
Erie County
Hancock County
Huron County
Marion County
Morrow County
Ottawa County
Seneca County
Wyandot County

Southwestern Ohio Council of Government (comprised of the following counties)

Butler County
Clermont County
Greene County
Hamilton County
Montgomery County
Warren County

About OPRA

As a statewide association of service providers, OPRA is a leader in efforts to collaboratively build a statewide service system that meets the needs of its ultimate customers: Ohioans with developmental disabilities. Currently, OPRA’s Membership consists of more than 150 organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit, providing services to more than 15,000 Ohioans with developmental disabilities.

OPRA’s Mission

To support and provide advocacy for community-based service providers to ensure the availability of programs, services and funding adequate to support and assist individuals with developmental disabilities as they strive to achieve a life of increasing independence, productivity and integration.

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