OVERVIEW:
A Disability Support Professional curriculum was finalized by Horizons Residential Care Center, Matt Potter- Primary Grant Consultant & Recipient of Services, and a wide array of stakeholders (providers, college instructors and deans, CFAC members, Department of Health and Human Service staff, Managed Care Organization staff, the NADSP, NC WORKS, and others) with funding support from the Winston Salem Foundation. The Hybrid program includes online modules focusing on supports for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities & the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals E-Badge Academy, as well as, on-site training on elements of CNA I, CNA II, Med Aide skills, CPR/First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, and Medication Administration curriculums. Our unique hybrid curriculum could serve as the foundation for creating other specialized Direct Support Professional training programs targeting evidence-based practice for other populations receiving supports from Direct Support Professionals.

DEMONSTRATION PROJECT:
NCWORKS Incumbent Worker grant has been submitted to fund the demonstration project with five (5) existing Direct Support Professionals across two agencies (Horizons & Arc of Davidson). We anticipate other demonstration projects this year with additional college’s and providers. We have secured an independent program evaluation to measure impact of the program and to inform continuous quality improvement efforts.

NEXT STEPS:
1. Work toward universal acceptance of the Disability Support Professional training program by NCWORKS.
2. Load in graduates of the program into a recruitment and emergency staffing database hosted in partnership with NC RAPID RESOURCE FOR FAMILIES.
3. Seek Community College program acceptance & partner with local High Schools to embed the program within existing health magnet school programs.

For additional Information:
Email Matthew James, matthewj@horizonscenter.org
Director of Clinical Operations

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