Valley health care agencies looking for direct support professionals

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(WKBN) – Dozens of providers in Mahoning and Trumbull counties are looking for direct support professionals (DSPs).

DSPs provide hands-on, direct care in homes for people with disabilities.

They’re needed because day programs have been canceled.

“These troubling times that we’re in and the unfortunate layoffs that many people have seen as a result of this. This really is kind of an industry. If somebody is looking for a career, I mean, there’s potential for career advancement. It’s a good place to get your feet wet in the field and see if it’s something you want to stay into,” said Bill Whitacre, superintendent of the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Schedules can be flexible and DSPs can make anywhere from $10-14 per hour. They will also earn free certification and paid training.

Those interested can call either the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities at 330-718-3716 or the Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities at 330-652-9800, ext. 203.

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