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Direct Support Professional (DSP) Training

The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act establishes the state's obligation to people with developmental disabilities to provide quality services that are effective in meeting their needs. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is committed to continuously improving the quality of care to ensure that the needs of individuals receiving services and supports are met and that their health and safety are protected.

Currently, there are approximately 20,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities residing in 4,400 Community Care Facilities (CCFs) licensed by the Department of Social Services (DSS). CCFs are the backbone of DDS's community residential care system, serving over 75% of people with developmental disabilities living in licensed facilities.

Training Information

Recognizing that direct support professionals are key to the provision of quality care, it is essential that they be trained and competent to meet the needs of individuals served. Towards this end, DDS has implemented a two-year, 70-hour standardized statewide competency-based training program, which is mandatory for all CCF direct support professionals and CCF administrators who provide direct care.

The 70 hours of training is divided into two equal parts of 35 hours each to be completed in successive years. Those required to take the training have the opportunity to take a challenge test for each of the 35-hour segments. Those who pass the challenge test for either of the 35-hour training segments will not be required to take that segment. Testing and training are based upon core competencies or skills necessary for satisfactory direct support professionals' job performance.

Direct Support Professional Training is provided by local Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (ROCPs) in their respective communities at no cost to enrollees. The ROCPs are using instructors who have practical work experience in the provision of services to people with developmental disabilities. Both Year 1 and Year 2 training is now being offered by the ROCPs.

Lanteman Act
Welfare And Institutions Code Section 4695-4695.2

(c) Each direct care staff person whose employment in a licensed community care facility that receives regional center funding commences on or after January 1, 2001, shall satisfactorily complete the first required competency-based training course or pass a department-approved competency test (Challenge Test) applicable to that training segment within one year from the date the staff person was hired, and satisfactorily complete the second competency-based training course or pass a department-approved competency test applicable to that training segment within two years from the date the person was hired.

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