Home Support-Agency Per Diem

DSP’s Home Support-Agency Per Diem program provides comprehensive residential support to individuals residing in our agency operated homes. Our homes are staffed by caring and compassionate Direct Support Professionals who are always available (24/7) to respond immediately to the requests/needs for assistance from the individuals we serve. 

Our residential program is highly individualized to match each individual’s goals and desired outcomes and assist them with acquiring, retaining or improving skills related to living in the community. DSP’s home settings are integrated in and support full access to the broader community, with services designed to ensure individuals receive opportunities to seek employment and work, control personal resources and engage in community life to the same degree as individuals without disabilities. 

DSP staff work in collaboration with members of the individual’s planning team, including family members, other service providers, and members of the broader community, to facilitate opportunities and encourage development of a full life in the community, based upon what is important to and for the individual, as documented in their Person-Centered Service Plan (PCSP). 

Individuals will receive all needed support from DSP staff to learn to use and apply personal initiative and maximize their ability to direct and exercise personal autonomy in the provision of services. Our residential programs ensure individuals have flexibility in setting their personal schedules and in making informed choices about their involvement with people, places and activities at their home and in the community.

Personalized Home Support Services

Our homes are fully physically accessible to meet the needs of each individual we serve and located in close proximity to all Maine has to offer. Individuals typically live with one housemate and receive support to exercise control over their personal schedules, money, guests, privacy, food and dining and choice in how and where they would like to receive their services from us. All needed habilitative support is available to assist individuals to develop skills to complete tasks more independently and live safely and successfully.

Some examples of typical Home Support services include but are not limited to:

Self-Care/Activities of Daily Living

Bed Mobility, Transfer, Locomotion, Eating, Toilet Use, Bathing, Personal Hygiene, Dressing and Other Services of Daily Living

Independent Living Skills

Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, Preparing Meals, Managing Money, Shopping for Groceries or Personal items, Performing Light or Heavy Housework, Laundry and Organization

Meal Planning & Preparation

Individualized Meal Planning and Preparation; Transportation and Support for Grocery Shopping; Individualized Dining and Assistance Complying with Nutritional Requirements

Medication Administration

Administration of OTC and Prescription Medication by CRMA Staff with RN Oversight; Scheduling Appointments and Collaborating with a Physician or Therapist Regarding a Medication or Treatment Intervention

Personal Development & Learning

Teaching or Modeling Self-Care and Self-Management Skills; Motivating the Pursuit of Personal Development and Opportunities; Teaching or Modeling Informed Choice and Support to Achieve Personal Autonomy and Independently Make Life Choices About Daily Schedules and Social/Recreational Opportunities at Times/Places of the Individual’s Choosing

Accessing Community Events & Activities

Facilitating Choice in Age-Appropriate Opportunities for Community Engagement; Building Community Relationships Based on Shared Interests; Planned and Spontaneous Access to Chosen Activities, Places, Groups, Clubs, or Events

Accessing Community Resources

Community Access to Schools, Colleges, Libraries, Banks, Charities, Religious and Cultural Organizations, Museums, Health Care Facilities, Shopping Centers, Parks, Volunteer Opportunities and Other Services and Amenities Required and Chosen by the Individual

Activity & Physical Exercise

Increasing Health and Wellness, Physical Fitness; Access to Gyms, Recreational Facilities, Public Trails, Outdoor Activities


Individualized Communication Support; Conveying Information, Interpreting Information, Facilitated Communication; Advocating for an Individual’s Goals and Interests

Safety Skills

Teaching, Modeling and Assistance for Managing Personal Safety; Risk Assessment; Safety and Emergency Procedures; Exercising Judgment with Respect to Preserving Health and Welfare

Opportunities to Explore Competitive Integrated Employment

Exploration and Engagement in Prevocational and/or Work-Related Activities; Soft Skills Development; Communicating with the Planning Team; Facilitating Opportunities to Seek Employment and to Work in Competitive, Integrated Settings

Support to Increase Valued Social Roles & Build Natural Supports

Teaching or Modeling of Socialization and Interpersonal Skills to Cultivate Supportive Personal, Family, Work and Community Relationships; Resources and Opportunities for Participation in Services to Promote Inclusive Social and Community Engagement

Mobility Outside Home

Transportation Access and Skill Development (Transportation to Access People, Events, Employment and Activities in the Wider Community; Accessible Information to Illustrate Available Transportation Options; Assessment of the Individual’s Transportation Strengths and Barriers and Mobility Skills Training for the Safe Use of Public Transit)

Emergency Transitional Housing

DSP provides Emergency Transitional Housing (ETH) to any individual aged eighteen (18) and older who has been found eligible for adult Developmental Services through the Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS). ETH is used in crisis situations when an individual’s needs cannot be met within their current living arrangements. This can include situations such as, but not limited to, when an individual is homeless, stuck in the emergency room, and/or a home provider cannot meet the individual’s current needs. Our ETH program provides a highly supportive and supervised residential setting where an individual can stabilize and return home or move to another location. DSP’s ETH staff ensure individuals receive all needed support in crisis planning and stabilization, training/assistance in daily living skills, medication administration, transportation and coordination with their Planning Team to ensure a successful transition to a long-term residential placement.

ETH can only be approved by the OADS Crisis Prevention and Intervention Services (CPIS) team. If you require ETH, please reach out to your Case Manager to submit an ETH request to OADS CPIS. If you require further assistance, please reach out the OADS CPIS team by dialing the Toll-Free Crisis Hotline.

Self-Care/Activities of Daily Living

Bed Mobility, Transfer, Locomotion, Eating, Toilet Use, Bathing, Personal Hygiene, Dressing and Other Services of Daily Living