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SUNY Orange Receives $1.21M DSP Grant

March 20, 2024

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange has received a nearly $1.21 million grant from the State University of New York (SUNY), in partnership with the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP), to create a microcredential that will help direct support professionals enhance their academic and career success.

Pending final internal approval this semester, SUNY Orange will begin offering online courses in the DSP microcredential this summer. The curriculum will be a blend of College-level coursework and hands-on experiential learning opportunities with agencies that serve the greater Orange County community. It will help direct support professionals who serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

On Wednesday (March 20), New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced a new $32 million round of statewide DSP investments, which included SUNY Orange’s award.

Students will earn a national certification from NADSP for DSP-I and DSP-II. Following the rollout of DSP-I and DSP-II curricula, the College will seek necessary approvals to offer DSP-III certifications as well. Credits earned through the DSP microcredential will be transferrable to degree and certificate programs at a number of academic institutions within and outside of New York.

“SUNY Orange recognizes the shortage of available credentialed direct support professionals throughout New York State, and we are excited to join with community college colleagues across SUNY to support this statewide initiative to assist those in our community who are most reliant on access to direct service professionals,” said Dr. Erika Hackman, SUNY Orange provost, who expressed appreciation for the support and partnership of the Orange County Department of Mental Health and a variety of agencies who serve those with developmental disabilities.

“I also applaud Cory Harris and Nolly Climes from our Human Services Department, as well academic associate vice president Stacey Moegenburg and the rest of our academic affairs leadership, for quickly developing a proposed curriculum that will lead students through the three levels of nationally recognized DSP certifications.”

The microcredential will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of: the foundation of human behavior; treatment; psychological disorders; the helping process; person-centered practices; crisis intervention; therapeutic relationships; safety; respectful verbal, non-verbal and written communication; cultural competency; empowerment and advocacy; and ethical decision-making.

Grant funding for this initiative, totaling $1,209,949, will cover tuition, books, course materials, NADSP credentialing for students and educational supports. In addition, the program will offer a $750 incentive to eligible students who successfully complete each level of the microcredential and earn a certification.

The following courses will be offered: DSP-I, Introduction to Human Services and Introduction to Psychology; and DSP-II, Human Services Field Experience and Technical Writing.

For more information, contact Nolly Climes, SUNY Orange Human Services Coordinator, at nolly.climes@sunyornage.edu or (845) 341-4139.