The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is looking to have as many service providers as possible participate in a statewide data collection effort about their Direct Support Professional (DSP) staff who support children and/or adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, specifically, those employed between January 1 and December 31, 2021.

This DSP Workforce Survey is a California-specific version of the nationally recognized National Core Indicators (NCI) Staff Stability Survey tool developed by the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI).  Survey results will be aggregated (no individual agency information will be made public) and used as quantitative baseline information to inform future policy decisions. The more agencies that participate, the more comprehensive and useful the workforce data will be.

HSRI will be emailing each provider agency a unique survey link in May 2022.  Please only complete one survey for your organization, even if you receive more than one email and/or operate more than one vendored service.  Once you click on the survey link, you can download a PDF copy of the survey for reference, and you can return to the online survey as many times as needed before hitting “submit.”

Surveys must be entered into the online system by June 30th to be counted.  All agencies who complete their full survey before June 30, 2022, will receive an incentive payment for their participation via their vendoring regional center.  Only one incentive payment will be paid to each participating agency.

Questions about the survey?

Visit the DDS Workforce Survey page or email