Direct Support Professional (DSP)
The Direct Support Professional (DSP) works with individuals and their teams to support each individual in making day-to-day choices. These choices will help the individual lead a more independent life and support the individual to participate in and contribute to community life. A successful DSP seeks to understand the likes, dislikes, hopes and dreams of individuals receiving services to support them as part of a team as they make choices and progress towards their goals.
What is the Host Home Program?
Host Home is a program provided by the Department of Mental Health and shared with the Children’s Division. The program is designed to keep individuals in a traditional home setting, where they will be a part of a positive environment. Host home families act as advocates, friends and mentors who not only share their home with people with developmental disabilities, but also help them engage in community life, teach them new skills, help them make friends and enrich their lives.
Benefits of the Host Home setting for the Supported Individual
- Inclusion in the community.
- Stable support system and a higher quality of life for the person receiving the service.
- Provides an individual the choice of staying in their local community under current services.