Career Growth in IDD

Date:
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Time:
2 PM ET
Duration:
1 hour
 

A committed and engaged workforce is essential to the quality of care and success of your organization.

Direct support professionals (DSPs) play a vital role in helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) become integrated and welcomed members of their communities. However, high rates of DSP turnover end up having a devastating impact on building relationships, trust, and care with persons served.

One effective strategy for reducing DSP turnover is to provide them with career advancement opportunities. According to our 2021 Relias DSP Survey report, 41% of DSPs are more likely to stay at their organization if they are provided strong career advancement opportunities.

Join us on August 25 at 2 PM ET to learn best practices for providing career growth opportunities and engaging your DSP workforce with career development tracks, peer mentoring, and more.

Learning Objectives:

  • The importance of growth as a DSP
  • Identifying DSP career development tracks

John M. Best, MPA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE)

John Best is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), a New York-based not-for-profit agency that supports individuals of all abilities with community living opportunities, employment, day services, clinical, crisis, education, after-school, and other supports. Best has over 25 years of strategic human resources and not-for-profit leadership experience working with organizations ranging in size from eight to 2,400 employees. He is versed in all areas of HR, from recruiting to employee relations and benefits/compensation to professional development, and he also enjoys the challenge of supporting organizational change and growth. He has expertise in helping managers improve their supervision and talent management practices. Best’s non-HR background includes responsibilities in corporate compliance, risk management, and facilities management. Best graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Communications and obtained his Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Baruch College. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute and as a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) through the Society for Human Resource Management.

Robert S. Budd

Chief Executive Officer
Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE)

Robert S. Budd is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), a not-for-profit agency that supports individuals of all abilities with community living opportunities, employment, day services, clinical, crisis, education, after-school, and other supports. Budd joined FREE in 1985 and was named CEO in 2008. Since that time, he has assisted in growing the organization and initiating innovative proposals, such as a network structure to help smaller organizations achieve greater efficiency and garner more support. Budd is actively involved with many human service agencies and serves as the Past President of the Board for American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR). He also serves on the boards of New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation, Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies Inc., Long Island Select Healthcare Inc., Alliance of Long Island Agencies Inc., New York Disability Advocates Inc., and ACA/NY Advance Care Alliance. Budd dedicates time consulting and speaking and is an AMA and Covey certified facilitator. He has received awards in leadership and innovation and is also a professor for Stony Brook University’s School of Professional Development.