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Community Care Facility - Direct Support Professional Training Program

Since January 1, 1999, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has implemented mandated statewide competency-based training for direct support professionals employed in regional center vendored community care facilities (CCF). This mandate arises out of the conviction that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving residential services are entitled to the highest standard of service and that direct support professionals deserve training and recognition as professionals.

Due to the discontinuation of educational funding earmarked for Regional Occupational Center/Programs (ROC/Ps), DDS and the California Department of Education (CDE) are making key changes to the DSPT project. These changes will streamline the registration and certification process, and assure training continues to be provided at the same level of quality and convenience throughout the state.

DSPT will continue at the 27 ROC/P sites through July 31, 2015. DSPT will not be available in August, but beginning September 1, 2015, student registration will be provided through a new statewide online registration and certification system. Service providers, their staff, and regional centers can use the system to verify DSPT certification and print DSPT Certificates. The coordination of DSPT will be consolidated into 4 Service Hubs run by County Offices of Education.

As a reminder, DSPT is free to all direct support professional staff currently working in either the first or second year of their employment at one of the regional center vendored CCFs. You should not be charged a fee for DSPT. Any DSPT certification for a fee is not sanctioned by the state and this training will not meet the statutory requirement.

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Last Updated: 3/4/2015