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Direct Support Professionals Association of Tennessee

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Every day, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities.  Please make it a point to say a special “thank you” to the many DSPs that support our Tennesseans with disabilities.

Click HERE to go to the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) website.

Join the NADSP and your State Chapter (DSPAT)

  • Promote the direct support profession by helping DSPs join their professional membership organization (NADSP)  and their State Chapter, DSPAT, with a $10.00, one year membership!
  • Join on-line or download and print a membership form. Download our brochure HERE.
  • To register a large group of your direct support professionals, use NADSP’s group enrollment spreadsheet.

The statewide 2012 DSP survey resuslts available for download HERE. Thanks to the providers who participated in the survey process and to the hundreds of DSPs across Tennessee who took the time to share their thoughts on their experience as a DSP. The information gathered in this survey will be used to help shape the future of the DSP profession in Tennessee.

Health Care for Adults with ID - Video Advice for Families is an online training series about health care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities available at no cost for families, conservators, direct support professionals, and other caregivers. Although the training is entitled “Appropriate Use of Psychotropic Medications for People with IDD: Helping Individuals Get the Best Behavioral Health Care,” the video vignettes also include basic information about communication barriers that may exist with people with IDD; physical health issues that are more prevalent in this population; and emotional, behavioral, and mental health concerns that may be more difficult to diagnose in this group.

Is DSPAT a Union?

The Direct Support Professionals Association of Tennessee’s (DSPAT) is NOT a union.  It is a professional organization, supported by industry members.  DSPAT’s position on labor union organization, as well as the position of the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) is one of neutrality.  DSPAT neither recommends nor discourages DSPs from joining a union.

The purpose and activity of DSPAT is to improve the quality of human services and supports through an ethical, credentialed and respected DSP workforce.  DSPAT is a professional association by and for DSPs promoting service excellence through a comprehensive code of ethics, movement towards a portable, national credential for quality DSP workforce, and a unified voice of advocacy on issues of importance to the field.  Although organized labor may share one or another aspect of our national agenda (e.g. staff opportunity or compensation), DSPAT is neither represented by a union nor engaged in union-like activities.

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