Sunrise Kicks-Off A Week of Celebration Recognizing Our DSPs!

By Sunrise Group on September 12, 2016


Get ready to celebrate Direct Support Professional Week from September 11 -17, 2016. Our DSP’s are the heart and soul of the organization and define the agency’s quality in every personal interaction they have each day. Sunrise will host a variety of activities, across all seven states of operation, in honor of National Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week. Festivities kicked off in Greeneville, Tennessee on Monday with breakfast goodies for staff in East Tennessee.

National Direct Support Professional’s Week! Thank you for all you do! Have breakfast on us! Get’em while they last… from our Greeneville, Tennessee operations.

“Our direct support professionals are hard-working, dedicated men and women, who sacrifice a lot to support the people with disabilities we serve,” said Zach Wray, Sunrise President & CEO. “Unfortunately, Medicaid reimbursement rates make it challenging to pay the wages they deserve; therefore, it is vital that their hard work is recognized. While we continue to advocate for adequate funding, Sunrise will be hosting appreciation and recognition efforts all week long.”

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is part of the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) National Advocacy Campaign, whose mission is to enhance the lives of all people with disabilities who rely on long-term supports and services by obtaining the resources to recruit, train and retain a highly qualified and sustainable workforce.

 “DSP Recognition Week is one way we try to say, “thank you” to the people who turn the intentions of our laws and regulations written to provide opportunities for people with disabilities into actions,” said Barbara Merrill, CEO of ANCOR. “It’s also a very important reminder to our legislators and policymakers that this workforce is essential, and their wages and training deserve attention as states set rates for IDD services.”

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is celebrated annually across the country with special events and ceremonies like these earmarked to honor the tens of thousands of workers who enable people with intellectual, developmental and other significant disabilities and their families to live healthy lives in their communities.

Several states have issued Gubernatorial Proclamations declaring the week of September 11-17 as the 2016 National Direct Support Recognition Week. A U.S. Senate Resolution led by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is anticipated soon.

 ABOUT DSP Recognition Week

In 2008, the United States Senate began proclaiming one week in September as National Direct Support Professionals Week. The celebration is part of the American Network of Community Options and Resources’ (ANCOR) National Advocacy Campaign, whose mission is to enhance the lives of all people with disabilities who rely on long-term supports and services by obtaining the resources to recruit, train and retain a highly qualified and sustainable workforce. For more information, visit (www.nationaladvocacycampaign.org).