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Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week – September 10-16, 2023

Governor Josh Shapiro has signed an official proclamation dedicating the week of September 10th through September 16th, 2023 Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week. The proclamation, available to read here, recognizes the vital contributions DSPs provide to address the physical and mental health of individuals with disabilities, as well as veterans and senior citizens. Furthermore, the Governor recognizes the immense care it takes for DSPs to develop close, respectful, and trusted relationships with those they support.

WHEREAS, a direct support professional build close, respectful, and trusted relationships with the individuals they serve; and
WHEREAS, the participation of direct support professionals in medical care planning is critical to the successful management of medical events, post-acute care, and long-term support and services; and
WHEREAS, the direct support professionals community encapsulates a multitude of professions, including but not limited to direct care workers, personal attendants, in-home support workers, and paraprofessionals, all of which share an equal role in providing long-term support and services for millions of individuals with disabilities;

The Direct Support Professional Recognition Week Proclamation by Governor Josh Shapiro

Read the full proclamation here.