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Celebrate DSP Recognition Week Sept. 12-16

Gov. Charlie Baker has declared the week of Sept. 12-16 Direct Service Professionals Recognition Week in Massachusetts. A similar proclamation, supported by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is expected from the U.S. Senate.

The Massachusetts proclamation acknowledges that "direct support professionals, direct care workers, personal assistants, personal attendants, in-home support workers and paraprofessionals are the primary providers of publicly-funded long-term supports and services for millions of individuals," and recognizes "the important role direct support professionals play in improving the quality of life and care of people across Massachusetts."

You can read the proclamation here.

Direct Service Professionals Recognition Week is part of the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) national advocacy campaign to enhance the lives of all people with disabilities who rely on long-term supports and services by obtaining the resources to recruit, train and retain a highly qualified and sustainable workforce.

It is championed in the Commonwealth each year by Nancy Silver-Hargreaves, CEO of Council member WCI - Work, Community and Independence, where different events are held each day for DSPs throughout the agency.

Organizations across the state are encouraged to recognize and celebrate their valued DSPs during this week. The Providers' Council will like, share and retweet as many DSP Recognition Week posts and pictures as possible, so be sure to tag @MassCouncil and/or @TheCaringForce on social media channels.