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To have my training and work validated when I passed the test was very rewarding.  To explain to other what my letters (NADD-DSP) meant and why I got them let others know that there are people out there who are dedicated to working with this population so much that they are wanting and willing to go through a process like this in order to provide the best care possible.  When they heard what it was all about, they were so appreciative that people actually want to provide good quality services to this population of people.  That kind of feedback helped to strengthen my belief and pride in what we do.

Erin Paul, NADD-DSP
Meridian Services Corp.
Richmond, Indiana

As a longtime friend and more recently co-guardian for a wonderful man who lives with both developmental disabilities and mental illnesses I am so excited to see the important skills of DSPs in this area identified by the NADD Competency-Based Certification for Direct Support Professionals Program. I know in terms of overall quality of life and daily satisfaction the DSPs are the most important people in his life. More than me, his sisters, or his psychiatrist, DSPs have the biggest impact on how his day will go and whether we have the right information to help him stay healthy and live well. It can't be underestimated how important these skills are and I hope they are widely adopted.

Susan N. O’Nell
Minneapolis, MN

The NADD Accreditation/Certification Program is an important tool for state agencies, DD and MH, that are interested in expanding their community infrastructure to support people with co-occurring developmental disabilities and mental illnesses... NCI data have consistently documented over the years that approximately 32% of all people receiving DD services have a mental illness. The NADD Accreditation/Certification Program offers an important tool to states and providers interested in improving their efforts to serve this group of individuals.

Charles Moseley, Ed.D.
Associate Executive Director

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