Direct Support Professionals

Direct Support Professionals provide support, in conjunction with the individual’s person-centered plan, that promote independence for the individual served  to the best of their abilities. This includes assistance with self-care, instruction for activities of daily living, social skill building, behavior management, transportation, medication management, and community integration.

Individuals seeking to be a Direct Support Professional should exhibit the ability to be patient and provide care-filled support. Direct Support Professionals work in the homes and in the day programs.

Entry-level qualifications include:

  • A valid driver’s license
  • Personal, volunteer, or professional experience working with individuals with disabilities
  • 18 years of age or older
  • High school diploma or equivalent

Must pass a criminal background check conducted by the Commonwealth of Virginia State Police and be free from barrier crimes and other crimes deemed inappropriate for the field.