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Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week

The Office for Persons With Developmental Disabilities (NYS OPWDD) would like to recognize all the dedicated Direct Service Professionals who are the heart of these programs during Support Professional Recognition Week.

We at Catholic Charities want to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Haven Hill for their hard work, compassion, and dedication to assuring the clients in our program receive the best care possible. They are truly the heart and soul of our program in Sherburne and we appreciate their daily efforts.

Below is an excerpt from an email sent by Commissioner Burke:

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is September 9-15. This is a great opportunity for us to recognize and thank the more than 90,000 direct support professionals (DSPs) who are the heart of our workforce. Each day DSPs have a profound impact on the lives of the more than 126,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. To paraphrase one nonprofit executive director, “the second most important person in our system after the individuals we support, is the direct support professional.”

These professionals face challenges that can be physically and emotionally demanding, and often put the needs of others before their own. But the broad range of supports they provide at our state-operated and voluntary programs help the individuals we serve connect with others and become part of the communities in which they live. We honor DSPs this week for their ongoing commitment to our mission and their pledge to help individuals with developmental disabilities live richer lives.

"This year marked an important step in our support for the DSPs of our state, as we adopted the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals’ Code of Ethics. The tenets set forth in this code reflect the quality and highest standards for this profession, which include:
• Integrity and responsibility
• Justice, fairness, and equity
• Respect and advocacy


Commissioner Burke