A Qualified Developmental Disability Professional (QDDP) may either work for a designated or specialized agency, or may act independently, being hired or contracted by individuals with developmental disabilities and/or their family members. A QDDP is required, by State and Federal rules, to approve and monitor the Individual Support Agreement and address quality assurance issues of people who receive developmental disabilities services funding. To perform the roles and responsibilities of a QDDP in Vermont, either paid or unpaid, an individual must meet the federal or state definition of a QDDP, and the additional qualifications for the State of Vermont.
Individuals Employed by a Designated Agency or Specialized Services Agency
Designated Agencies (DA) and Specialized Service Agencies (SSA) are responsible for ensuring their staff meet the appropriate QDDP definition and additional qualifications. As such, these agencies are responsible for relevant training and supervision. Individuals should contact their DA or SSA to obtain information and requirements for endorsement.
Individuals not employed by a Designated Agency or Specialized Services Agency
The Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) is responsible for endorsing individuals who are not employed by a DA or SSA and have fulfilled the responsibilities and qualifications of a QDDP. These individuals may be self-employed, working for an individual with developmental disabilities or family member, or may be an employee or contractor of a provider that is not a DA or SSA. For information about the endorsement process through DDSD, click here.