The Direct Support Professional (DSP) program offers home and community based services to clients with developmental or intellectual disabilities. The DSP supports the client with becoming an active member of the community. All clients work on goals developed in the treatment plan which may include:


  • Accessing and utilizing community resources
  • Community integration
  • Community volunteer opportunities
  • Cooking and cleaning
  • Coping skills
  • Exercise and recreation
  • Laundry
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Medical appointments
  • Medication management
  • Money management
  • Other individualized skills as determined
  • Safety
  • Shopping skills to meet wants and needs
  • Socialization

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 insurance coverage
  • Private pay
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Diagnosed with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder
  • Must be receiving adult case management
  • Current Section 21 or 29 waiver

Center-Based Community Supports.

Assistance Plus has a Center Based Community Supports Program, at our Waterville location at 3 Michael Lane. The program is geared towards providing education on-the-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.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.

We provide 1:1 Home and Community Support Services in Franklin, Somerset, Kennebec,   Androscoggin, Oxford, Penobscot, and Waldo Counties.

We provide 3:1 Center Based Community Support Services in Kennebec County located in the town of Waterville.