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Welcome to the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals!

NADSP Quality Support videoTogether, we are working to enhance the status of direct support professionals and promote the development of a highly competent human services workforce. We recognize that people needing support are more likely to fulfill their life dreams if they have well-trained, experienced, and motivated people at their side in long-term, stable, compatible support relationships.

What's New @ NADSP

Dear Friends,

For those who are listening to the January 27th Webinar on "Let's Talk About Mental Illness & Developmental Disabilities", click here for the "Service, Support and Success" newsletter, Volume 5, Issue #2.

Enjoy and thank you for joining us on the webinar and visiting the NADSP's website. 


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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Moving Mountains Awards:


Best Practice in Direct Support Workforce Development

Deadline For Submission Extended: January 31st, 2016

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and the Research and Training Center (RTC) at the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration are seeking nominations for the 2016 Moving Mountains Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize organizations using leading practices in direct support staff workforce development that result in improved outcomes for the people being supported. Organizations applying are required to illustrate how their direct support workforce practices and philosophy align with the principles of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP). These principles are:

·         All direct support professionals benefit from access to well-constructed educational experiences (e.g., in-service training, continuing and higher education) and lifelong learning;
·         Certifying highly qualified workers incentivizes continuing education, increased compensation, and access to career pathways for direct support professionals thereby improving retention;
·         Values and ethical decision making can be learned and infused into daily practice; and
·         Strengthening relationships and partnerships between direct support professionals, self-advocates, and other consumer groups and families improves the quality of support.

Nominated programs/initiatives can be small (a single program) or large (statewide) in scope and can involve just a few or many DSPs. Organizations that have applied previously but were not selected are invited and encouraged to re-submit a nomination for this year's competition. The RTC and the NADSP are looking for unique and creative initiatives that contribute to improving workforce outcomes for direct support professionals and their employers. We welcome applications from statewide/regional initiatives, local organizations, and individuals. Up to two awards will be given each year. This year's award winners will be honored at the 2016 Reinventing Quality Conference.


Please click here to download a nomination form for the 2016 Moving Mountains Award.

*If you have questions regarding the completion of the application, please email Lindsey Zemanek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than January 5th. You will receive a written answer within 5 business days.

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