Formerly the WVLTCP, we are now WVPEL, Inc.
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Direct Care Worker Competencies Resources

The following links are being provided as resources for use by the WVPEL Direct Care Worker Training and Certification Advisory Workgroup.

The information is intended to provide insight into Direct Care Worker programs as developed in other states, as we begin revisions to the curriculum required for West Virginia's Direct Care Worker Training and Certification program.

WVPEL would like to thank the members of the DCW Advisory Committee for their dedication to this ongoing and ever evolving project, This program could not be successful without your input, guidance and advice. We give a special thanks to Cynthia Sundstrom, Jenni Sutherland, Nancy Cipoletti, Tina Maher, and others who have devoted their expertise, time and resources to see this project to its fruition.





The video below demonstrates the seven goals of the New York Core Competencies for direct support professionals. The New York State Office For People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) adopted the National Alliance For Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) Code of Ethics and formulated the core competencies' seven goals, 23 competencies and 60 skills, which are based on nationally validated Community Support Skill Standards.

The document linked here is from the NYS Talent Development Consortium. It is an overview of the Direct Support Professional Core Competencies Project.

The document linked below is from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It describes Phase I: Direct Service Worker Competency Inventory. It was prepared by the University of Minnesota Research and Training Center on Community Living, with input from The Lewin Group, PHI, The Annapolis Coalition for the Behavioral Health Workforce, and Westchester Consulting. It was published in May 2011.

The next document was developed through a collaboration of The Alaskan Mental Health Trust Authority, The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, The University of Alaska, The Western Interstate Commission for HIgher Education, and The Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce. It is a project of Alaska's Credentialing and Quality Standards Subcommittee, published in January 2010.