Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As a former direct support professional at a not-for-profit agency in Massachusetts in my earlier years, I know how hard direct support professionals work every day to ensure that people with developmental disabilities have the supports they need to live, work and enjoy life as independently as possible. No one does more than direct support professionals to ensure that the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities carries out its mission of helping people live richer lives in their communities.
Our direct support workforce is approximately 13,000 strong statewide – with tens of thousands more working with our not-for-profit agency partners. This week, September 8-14, 2019, we celebrate Direct Support Professional Week in honor of our frontline staff who not only provide needed services and supports, but often go far above and beyond to make life better for the people we serve.
Direct support professionals are the backbone of our service delivery system, and their dedication and commitment to the people they support is truly inspiring. I hope you will all join me in thanking our direct support professionals for their dedication and hard work.
Theodore A. Kastner