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386 Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week



Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week

September 13-19, 2020


Whereas, direct support professionals are integral to the physical and mental health and well-being of veterans, senior citizens, and individuals of all ages with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities who receive services for severe chronic health conditions; and


Whereas, direct support professionals provide essential support to help keep individuals with disabilities connected to their family, friends, and community and enable them to live meaningful lives in a community of their choice; and


Whereas, as direct support professional must build a close, trusted relationship with an individual with disabilities; and


Whereas, a direct support professional assists an individual with disabilities with the most intimate needs on a daily basis, and provides a broad range of support, from preparing meals and medications to personal care transporting clients to school, work and other activities; and


Whereas, the participation of support professionals in medical care planning is critical to the successful transition from medical events to post-acute care and long-term support and services; and


Whereas, there is a documented critical and growing shortage of direct support professionals in every community throughout the United States; and


Whereas, direct support professionals, including direct care workers, personal attendant, in-home support workers, and paraprofessionals, are the primary providers of long-term support and services for millions of individuals with disabilities.


Now, therefore, we the Warren County Commissioners of Warren County do hereby proclaim September 13-19, 2020, to be Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week. We encourage all citizens to recognize and appreciate the dedication and contributions of these providers to enhancing the lives of their clients.


ADOPTED this 12th day of September, 2020.




Benjamin Kafferlin



Tricia D. Durbin

Attest:                                                                                         Vice Chair


Pamela J. Matve                                                                      Jeff Eggleston

Chief Clerk                                                                                Commissioner