Presentation on theme: "National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals Joseph Macbeth, NADSP Executive Director John Raffaele, NADSP Training Consultant October 16, 2014."— Presentation transcript:
1 National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals Joseph Macbeth, NADSP Executive Director John Raffaele, NADSP Training Consultant October 16, 2014 Grand Island, Nebraska“Developing the North Carolina Chapter of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals: Lessons Learned, Best Practices and Putting Values into Action”.
2 Today’s AgendaIntroduction to Nebraska Direct Support Professional Chapter Development – Best PracticesPolicy and Advocacy – Facilitated Large Group DiscussionEducational and Professional Services – Facilitated Large Group DiscussionOrganizational Structure – Facilitated Large Group DiscussionAction Steps
3 Introduction & Background "Quality is defined at the point of interaction between the staff member and the individual with a disability” John F. Kennedy, Jr. (1996)
4 About Our ChaptersCurrently 27 Chapters of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP)All must adopt the NADSP’s Vision & Mission, otherwise are independent incorporations and have a Union Neutrality StatementAll Chapters function at different capacities and reflect their state’s culture and prioritiesNew York, Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota & North Carolina Chapters are most successful
5 State Chapters are Committed to: Promoting NADSP’s Code of Ethics for Direct Support ProfessionalsCreating educational and lifelong learning opportunities for Direct Support ProfessionalsAdvancing opportunities for a voluntary Credential in Direct Support based on NADSP’s competencies and building Direct Support Professional career paths with appropriate salary enhancementsSitting at the policy table during discussions that impact direct support professionals and the people they supportStrengthening relationships with other advocacy groups, policy makers and elected officials
6 Some State Chapter Accomplishments Direct Support Professionals providing Annual Legislative Testimony on the Governor’s Budget. Advocating for:Formal Statewide Adoption & Training of NADSP’s Code of EthicsCredentialing Based on Competency-Based TrainingLiving WagesCareer Ladders with Commensurate Salaries
7 Some State Chapter Accomplishments Continued In New York, met with:NYS OPWDD Commissioner Burke and developed a Commissioners Direct Support Professional Advisory CommitteeClarence Sundram, the Special Advisor appointed by the Governor following the New York Times abuse exposéMembers of the Senate and Assembly Committees dealing with mental health and developmental disability related issues.During these meetings stressed the need for an ethical, well trained and adequately compensated Direct Support Professional workforce
8 NY State Chapter 2012 through 2014 Clarence Sundram, the Special Advisor included DSPANYS’ recommendations in his report to the Governor- April 2012NYS OPWDD adopted NADSP’s Code of Ethics-July 2012NYS OPWDD created Direct Support Professional Core Competencies based on NADSP’s nationally validated set of competencies –December 2013The Governor & Legislature passed a bill authorizing a comprehensive study to pilot a credentialing program in New York- April 2014
9 More Chapter Accomplishments Securing a Seat at the Policy Making Table. In states where we have NADSP Chapters, Direct Support Professional representatives serve on:Statewide Advisory CouncilsSteering Committees Dealing with:Workforce IssuesWaiver/Systems Transformation/RedesignManaged CareTo a degree, NADSP Chapters have networked with:Parent Groups, Self-Advocacy Organizations and Provider Associations
10 More AccomplishmentsWith State Provider Associations, NADSP Chapters have Co- Sponsored Annual Direct Support Professional ConferencesProvided Training/Presentations on Direct Support Professional Issues for Individual Agencies & Statewide Provider AssociationsParticipated in short-term focus groups to Inform the Policy Makers of Concerns & Solutions regarding Direct SupportRepresented states at ANCOR’s Annual National Direct Support Professional Advocacy Event: “DSPs to DC” and advocated on Capitol Hill.Serve as the state’s primary lead organization during National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week.
11 State Chapters AlsoAttempt to Keep Members Informed about Current Events and Issues Relating to Direct Support Professional DevelopmentMembers Typically Receive:State Chapter Electronic Newsletters & UpdatesFrontline Initiative, NADSP’s National NewsletterPeriodic Alerts on Emerging Issues and Training OpportunitiesThrough Social Media and Annual Meetings, Members Network with Others Who Share the Same Professional Values and CommitmentA Social Media presence is HUGE
13 Maintaining Organizational Support Incubator Organizations will inevitably have other responsibilities and prioritiesOriginal Champions/Advisors have moved on to other dutiesStart-Up Grant funding has expired and become highly competitiveFinding funding to support the hiring of a Part-time Coordinator.
14 Board & Organizational Structure All Direct Support Professional Board of Directors – Doomed to FailPulled in many directions (demands on time)Pulled from many directions (centralized structure)World-view narrowly, but necessarily, shaped by environment – my program, my shift, the people I directly support.Champions, Advisors, Funders and Leadership Development activities
15 Today’s PurposeSet a course and a design for a Nebraska NADSP Chapter. Discuss advocacy activities to engage in? Explore services to offer members? Consider an organizational structure to best support activities and services? Create and commit to solid action steps to create a solid Nebraska NADSP Chapter.
16 Advocacy & Influencing Public Policy What are critical public policy issues that this chapter should devote its advocacy efforts toward?
17 Education & Professional Services What types of products and services will the Nebraska Chapter of NADSP offer that will promote the professionalization of Direct Support Professionals and will lead to better outcomes for people receiving supports in the state?
18 A Nebraska NADSP Chapter Organizational Structure What are ways to structure the organization to best suit and support the purposes and activities discussed today?
19 Time to get to work Concrete next steps: Suggestions/Tasks Responsible person(s)Time frame and deadline(s)
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