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Training Program Implementation

Four Service Hubs implement the Direct Support Professional Training (DSPT) for the Department of Developmental Services in local communities throughout the state. Service Hubs provide training free of charge for direct support staff working at a CCF vendored by a regional center.

Service Hubs are responsible for recruiting trainers; training, evaluation and oversight of trainers; identifying training sites; scheduling and advertising; testing and training sessions; registration and records maintenance; and providing challenge testing and direct care staff training.

Each Service Hub has established a DSPT Advisory Meeting with each regional center catchment area. At Advisory meetings representatives from regional centers, Community Care Facilities (CCF) administrators, direct support professionals, and project personnel from the Department of Developmental Services and Department of Education are in attendance. The Advisory Meeting provides input on local implementation issues, including location and scheduling of training, and outreach to direct support professionals.

Direct support staff in service levels 2, 3, and 4 CCFs employed on or after January 1, 2001, have one year from date of hire to satisfactorily complete the first 35-hour training (Year 1) and two years from the date of hire to complete the second 35-hour training (Year 2).

Last Updated: 3/2/2018