Last year, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities began offering a $1.00/hr increase in pay to DSP’s who meet criteria related to training and longevity. We want YOU to take advantage of this opportunity to receive additional free training, and increase your income! 

To qualify for the DODD Competency-Based Training and Longevity Add-On, you must:

  • Have 2 Years of paid full-time or equivalent experience in providing hands-on support to people with developmental disabilities
    • This is the equivalent of 4,160 hours of paid work in a waiver or ICF setting.
    • Hours do not need to be consecutive. They do not have to be from the same agency or the same job.
    • Hours can be part-time, intermittent, seasonal, or occasional work over a period of time.
    • Hours of experience may include hours worked in other states.
  • Complete 60 hours of applicable training
    • Training that applies towards this add-on includes:
      • Completion of Ohio DSPaths Certificate of Initial Proficiency or Certificate of Advanced Proficiency, regardless of when it was completed
        OR
      • Any combination of the following courses completed within the last five years:
        • Online courses offered through DirectCourse accredited by the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals
        • Online courses offered through Relias that have been accredited by the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals
        • In-person DSPATHS seminars, offered by the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals, with content accredited by the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals, see oadsp.org/training
    • Courses that are NOT applicable toward 60 hours of training for the add-on rate include:
      • Any courses that were part of the eight-hour initial direct support provider training
      • Any courses taken to meet annual training requirements, including:
        • the requirements of rule OAC 5123:2-17-02 (MUI)
        • the rights of individuals set forth in OAC 5123.62 to 5123.64
        • the role and responsibilities with regard to services, including person-centered planning, community integration, self-determination, and self-advocacy, OAC 5123:2-2-01


To receive the DODD Competency-Based Training and Longevity Add-On, you must:

  • Submit proof of 2 years of work experience to Human Resources for verification
  • Track the hours of applicable training that you have completed and submit documentation to Human Resources when you have reached sixty hours
    • Documentation of completed training may include:
      • A DSPATHS Certificate of Initial or Advanced Proficiency
      • Training certificates or transcripts from DirectCourse or Relias Learning
      • Certificates from in-person DSPATHS seminars offered by the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals
  • No re-certification or re-application is needed to maintain the add-on rate. Once obtained, you remain eligible indefinitely.
  • We will review your transcripts of completed courses or course certificates and verify your two years of work experience
  • If you meet all of the qualifications, you will become eligible to receive the $1.00/hr add-on for HPC services.

If you do not currently meet the criteria, but would like to, begin working towards meeting these requirements today! If you have any questions, please contact a member of our Human Resources team.