Direct Support Professional Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

The Direct Support Professional (DSP) program provides supportive services to an adult with intellectual disabilities in his/her home, community-based and/or a center-based community supports program. An individual seeking this service works with a case manager to make the referral.

The DSP program supports the client with becoming a healthy, active member of the community.

An individualized treatment plan may include:

  • Cooking
  • Light housecleaning
  • Medication management
  • Grocery shopping
  • Financial management
  • Socialization
  • Managing appointments
  • Recreation and exercise activities
  • Developing coping skills
  • Utilizing community resources
  • Increasing safety
  • Finding volunteer work in the community.
  • Job preparedness

All consumers are matched with an experienced DSP to help the individual work on treatment goals. Direct Support Professionals (DSP) receive certification through Assistance Plus. All staff are trained in crisis intervention techniques and CPR/First Aid. In addition to these trainings, staff are provided with ongoing one-to-one supervision to assist with their support of the consumers we serve and promote successful working relationships with them and their families.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Active Mainecare
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Diagnosed with intellectual disability or Autistic disorder
  • Must have an adult services case manager

Center-Based Community Supports.

Assistance Plus is pleased to announce the start of a new Center Based Community Supports Program, in our Waterville location at 3 Michael Lane.  The program is geared towards providing education on job preparedness skills such as cooking, gardening, and general tasks that will help with day to day living. The program offers instruction on appropriate social skills to assist with creating lasting relationships with peers, vendors, and other members of the community. Community integration is very important and through the use of creative and innovative activities, skills can be learned and maintained through consistent practice.  This program will also assist in developing and providing additional education in regards to safety skills in the community, at home, and while accessing technology. Discussion times, role play, and activities will be used to assist the participant with becoming better educated on what to do. This program will offer several different opportunities to become more involved in the communities surrounding us by attending local museums, parades, community suppers, trips to the theater, trips to visit our state capital, botanical gardens, and many more fun activities to better educate our participants as to what our community has to offer. This program will also offer education on exercise, healthy eating, meal preparation, cleanliness in the kitchen, and how to use the tools that are provided to them to build a meal.