A statewide DSP Council was created at the beginning of 2014. This council monitors the field of Direct Support Professionals to help the Ohio Association of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP) identify training needs and other social needs of DSPs.  

A statewide Supervisor Council was created in 2015 with the goal of discussing issues affecting Supervisors, and to provide recommendations on improved service delivery. 

Over the past couple of years, BVRSI has had DSP representation as well as Supervisor representation on these committees!



Ashlee Hackworth


Katie Davis


     Eileen Vekaryasz

This award is given to one of twelve monthly "I Care" award recipients.

What does it mean to receive this award?

- As an employee you exemplify the mission, values, and principles of BVRSI.

- The employee is an honest and trustworthy person committed to resident

   satisfaction and good interpersonal skills.


     Kelly Chevalier 



Janet Hertel


Julie Wilkins


Linda Wehri



Sheryl Grossman

Blanchard Valley Residential Services, Inc.


Nicole Rosengarten

                        Employee Advancement at BVRSI!

Our staff is what makes our organization stand apart from all others. We are proud to be a certified training facility for DSPATHS credentialing. The Ohio Association of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP) certification program is for Direct Support Professionals working with individuals with developmentally disabilities. This program is unique because it is specifically designed for those working with special needs. Even more specifically, this incorporates the rules and laws of the field in Ohio. OADSP certification is recognized by the National Association of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP).

There are two types of credentialing:

  • Certificate of Initial Proficiency- This includes 60 hours of classroom time and 40 hours of self study work. Examples of classroom courses are: positive behavior support, ethics, team communication, advocacy, conflict resolution, and much more... 
  • Certificate of Advance Proficiency- This includes 60 hours of classroom time and 40 hours of self study work. Examples of classroom courses are: effective teaching practices, supporting successful community living, community services & networking, and much more...