Instructions for Submitting Comment and Feedback On Draft Direct Support Professional Competencies

The RI Direct Support Professionals Competencies Workgroup was formed in January 2022 with the responsibility to identify and develop core occupational competencies to help guide, inform, and prepare the state’s DSP workforce. The workgroup was comprised of representatives from state agencies, service providers, higher education, advocacy, and customers.

After months of review and discussion; the Workgroup is preparing to endorse the DSP Competency Areas as published by the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals in 2016, with minor revisions. The fifteen NADSP competency areas are themselves based on and informed by the Direct Service Worker (DSW) competencies issued by the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) in 2014.

Before taking any further action; the Competencies Workgroup is making the draft Competencies Document available to the provider community for review, feedback, and input.

Stakeholders, interested parties, and members of the provider community interested in providing comment regarding the document are encouraged to email:

We ask that you please indicate that you are submitting Public Comment in the subject line (Example: PUBLIC COMMENT - DSP COMPETENCIES). Your comments will be shared with members of the RI Direct Support Professionals Competencies Workgroup. (NOTE: Other than confirmation of receipt we are unable to respond directly to submissions.)

Please note that you may also provide comment via US Mail:

Public Comment - Governor’s Workforce Board RI
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Building 72-3
Cranston, Rhode Island 02920

The public comment period closes on October 14, 2022.