Resources and Tools
The DSP Competency Project Overview describes the reasons behind the DSP Competency Project. The document provides information that will help the reader understand the need for a consistent set of DSP Competencies in NYS.
DSP Competency Document – Revised 8-15-13
The DSP Competency Document provides a listing of all of the DSP Competencies. In addition, the document includes the expected timeframes it should take a DSP to demonstrate that competency.
DSP Initial Evaluation – Revised 7-19-13
The DSP Initial Evaluation is to be completed by the supervisor, but can also be used as a self-evaluation by the DSP. The Initial Evaluation includes the competencies that DSPs are expected to demonstrate within the first several months of employment.
DSP Annual Evaluation – Revised 7-19-13
The DSP Annual Evaluation is to be completed by the supervisor on an annual basis, but can also be used as a self-evaluation by the DSP. The Annual Evaluation includes the competencies from the Initial Evaluation, as well as the additional competencies that DSPs are expected to demonstrate within the first year of employment.
Evaluation for Individual, Family Member, or Other Advocate
The Evaluation for Individuals, Family Members, or Other Advocates is to be completed by the Individual receiving supports, their family, or other advocates as desired. The individual completing this evaluation should have observed the DSP enough times to provide a fair assessment of the DSP’s skill.
DSP Competencies Evaluation Training for Supervisors
The DSP Competencies Evaluation Training for Supervisors is an available resource that agencies could use to educate their supervisors on the DSP Competencies, Evaluation Tools, and best practices for evaluation. This training was created as a tool for agencies to introduce the new competencies and evaluation tools to their supervisors.
The Learning Resources Document provides a searchable listing of available resources to help DSPs learn and demonstrate the competencies. These learning resources are an available option for agencies to review if the agency determines that it does not currently provide training and development opportunities for their DSPs to learn and demonstrate specific competencies. Each agency can determine how to best support its DSPs to achieve competence in the skills described. These resources have been identified and submitted by third parties and have not been reviewed by OPWDD. Inclusion of the resources on the list does not represent an OPWDD endorsement of those resources.
Frequently Asked Questions – Revised 10-15-13
The Frequently Asked Questions provide answers to some of the most common questions that have been asked related to the DSP Competencies and Evaluation Tools.