OPRA launched DSPOhio in direct response to the number one challenge facing Ohio’s Developmental Disabilities System–the workforce crisis. Providers are experiencing record high staff vacancies and employee turnover. In addition, the federal Department of Labor projects that direct care will be the number one job in demand during the next twenty years, resulting in a challenge of significant proportions.
We have to compete! Little is known about DSP’s outside of the IDD system. We have to aggressively market and brand the term DSP to help people understand the inherent value of the job and then immediately connect those who might be interested to an employer.
To effectively recruit DSPs on an ongoing basis a coordinated, centralized process (complimentary to your own agency efforts) is required to increase awareness of and familiarity with the role of DSPs and who they support. For this website, the term DSP is inclusive of all types of direct support positions including waiver, ICF, employment, day array and transportation.