Session 204 | The NADD DSP Credential: Building a Competent Workforce in IDD/MI

Hosted By: Melissa Cheplic

The NADD DSP Credential certifies the competence of Direct Support Professionals who support people with IDD and mental health needs. The DSP certification focuses on best practices in dual diagnosis to improve the quality and effectiveness of supports provided to individuals with behavior and mental health needs. This session will highlight the benefits of certification to address workforce challenges and build capacity to support people with dual diagnosis. We will review a pathway to assist provider agencies and DSPs prepare for certification and discus how the competency areas promote better outcomes for individuals with IDD/MI.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize how mental health factors contribute to behavior challenges.
  2. Recognize the role of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in providing quality supports to people with IDD/MI.
  3. Identify how 5 Competency Areas of the NADD Direct Support Professional Certification can be used as a tool to develop and sustain DSP workforce competence.