Direct Support Professionals (DSP)

What is a DSP?

A direct support professional is someone who works one-on-one with an individual who experiences an intellectual and/or developmental disability (IDD) in order to teach skills around independence, health and safety. A DSP’s ultimate goal is to assist individuals in living a life they desire.

DSPs work together with individuals to provide assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and work on Desired Outcomes or goals chosen by individuals and documented within their Individual Support Plans (ISP)  created by either Jackson County Developmental Disability Services or Creative Supports.  


Examples of Potential Job Duties: 

  • Advocate with and for the individual they are serving
  • Keep individuals safe, healthy and happy
  • Develop social skills and form meaningful connections
  • Access the community for preferred activities (bowling, hiking, science works, the library, parks etc.)
  • Assist with meal preparation
  • Personal hygiene (teach skills around oral hygiene, laundry, menstruation, toileting etc.)
  • Accompany individuals to and from activities and social gatherings. 

Job Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older

  • Must pass a criminal history background check
  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Have a valid driver’s license

  • Have active auto insurance

  • Have a working cell phone

  • Have valid First Aid & CPR certification (can obtain after hire and before first shift)

  • Complete 24 hours of annual training

Call or Text our DSP Team at (541) 238-7529 for More Information