Region 10 Work Groups

Direct Support Professionals Workgroup

The role of the Direct Support Professionals workgroup is to provide regional leadership and implement best practices to grow communities where DSPs and people with disabilities can authentically engage in economic, civic, and social spaces.

This workgroup acknowledges the urgency of need for community connectedness as a result of the workforce shortage and the pandemic.

The members of the Direct Support Professionals workgroup include members of the Region 10 Quality Council, representatives of stakeholder groups, and Region 10 Quality Council staff.

Direct Support Professionals workgroup will:

  • Develop a public awareness campaign to promote understanding of the importance of the role that Direct Support Professionals have in supporting people to connect with others, and the impact that community connectedness has on individuals and society as a whole.
  • Determine training needs for stakeholders and share with the training workgroup.
  • Provide summary information and feedback to the Region 10 Quality Council.

Building Relationships and Natural Supports Workgroup

The role of the Building Relationships and Natural Supports Workgroup is to provide regional leadership and implement best practices to grow communities where people with disabilities can authentically engage in economic, civic, and social spaces.

This workgroup acknowledges the urgency of need for community connectedness as a result of the workforce shortage and the pandemic.

The Building Relationships and Natural Supports Workgroup includes members of the Region 10 Quality Council, representatives of stakeholder groups, and Region 10 Quality Council staff.

The Building Relationships and Natural Supports Workgroup will:

  • Use findings and trends from individual quality reviews to improve community connectedness.
  • Gather and use information from multiple sources relating to Building Relationships and Natural supports within the community, including collaborating with various stakeholders through listening sessions, community conversations, focus groups and informational interviews.
  • Create a slate of best practices that promotes community connectedness.
  • Develop a plan to communicate and encourage best practices.
  • Develop a public awareness campaign to promote understanding of the impact that community connectedness has on individuals and society as a whole.
  • Determine and address training needs for all stakeholders.
  • Provide summary information and feedback to the Region 10 Quality Council.

Connecting People Through Technology Workgroup

The role of the Connecting People through Technology Workgroup is to provide regional leadership and educate people on best practices to grow communities where people with disabilities can access technology resources to authentically engage in economic, civic, and social spaces.

This workgroup acknowledges the urgency of need for community connectedness as a result of the workforce shortage and the pandemic.

The Connecting People Through Technology Workgroup includes members of the Region 10 Quality Council, representatives of stakeholder groups, and Region 10 Quality Council staff.

The Technology Workgroup will:

  • Use findings and trends from individual quality reviews to improve community connectedness.
  • Gather and use information from multiple sources relating to technology resources within the community, including collaborating with various stakeholders through listening sessions, community conversations, focus groups and informational interviews.
  • Create a slate of best practices and regional resources that promotes community connectedness through technology.
  • Develop a plan to communicate and encourage best practices and share community resources.
  • Work collaboratively with other RQC workgroups to develop a public awareness campaign to promote understanding of the impact that community connectedness has on individuals and society as a whole.
  • Determine and address training needs for stakeholders.
  • Provide summary information and feedback to the Region 10 Quality Council.

Training and Education Advisory Group

The role of the Training & Education Advisory Group is to develop an outreach strategy to educate and train stakeholders (people with disabilities, families, guardians, service providers, case managers, educators, legislators and community members) regarding person directed services.

The Training & Education Advisory Group includes members of the Region 10 Quality Assurance Commission/Region 10 Quality Council, representatives of stakeholder groups and Region 10 Quality Assurance Commission staff.

The Training & Education Advisory Group will:

  • Determine regional priorities for quality improvement through person directed services.
  • Gather information through listening sessions, focus groups, surveys and other means.
  • Create a training plan in coordination with the Region 10 Quality Council Building Relationships & Natural Supports, Technology and Direct Support Professional work groups that fosters person directed services, promotes community connectedness supports quality improvement.
  • Distribute educational materials related to person directed services throughout Region 10.
  • Research existing materials
  • Develop new materials as needed
  • Assure materials are user friendly
  • Provide training on person directed services throughout Region 10.
  • Research existing training
  • Collaborate with other groups
  • Develop new training as needed
  • Determine most effective methods of providing training to stakeholders
  • Provide summary information and feedback to the Region 10 Quality Assurance Commission.