September 13-19, 2020

Montgomery, Ala. – Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is an annual celebration to recognize the life-changing contributions of the direct support professional (DSP) workforce who support people with disabilities and older adults. During this week we are celebrating the important work of thousands of DSPs in Alabama. These individuals are some of the most critical aspects of disability services, as they help more Alabamians to remain safe, healthy, and independent in their homes.

“Direct Support Professionals, those who are on the front lines providing the most personal supports and care to more than 6,000 Alabamians are critical to our service delivery system. Through their work, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are assisted to lead a self-directed life and contribute to the community,” said Terry Pezent, Associate Commissioner of Developmental Disabilities, Alabama Department of Mental Health.

Pezent continued, “They do this by providing direct supports like assisting with daily activities, if needed; supporting safe and healthy, independent living; and providing support on a job. They truly make a difference by helping those they serve to achieve the fullest life possible.”

Every year, there is a nationwide celebration to recognize and showcase the unsung work of these committed professionals, this is just a small fraction of the recognition that they deserve throughout the year. This year to acknowledge and celebrate their efforts, the Alabama Department of Mental Health will raise awareness about the role DSPs play in helping people with disabilities live a fulfilling life, through the sharing of stories, information and resources on social media and

ADMH applauds and congratulates each of its DSPs professionals at our provider agencies, as they continue to provide front-line support and make a difference in the lives of many individuals. This week and every day, ADMH celebrates their extraordinary service, hearts, and dedication in supporting people with disabilities.

We thank Governor Kay Ivey for acknowledging this week with an honorary proclamation! Commissioner Lynn Beshear helped to celebrate this week with a reading of the Governor’s proclamation, which can be viewed on the ADMH Facebook page.


Direct Support Professional Recognition Week