WHEREAS, direct support professionals are the primary providers of publicly-funded, long-term support and services for millions of individuals with disabilities; and,
WHEREAS, direct support professionals must build close, trusted relationships with individuals and assist them with various needs on a daily basis; and,
WHEREAS, direct support professionals support individuals with disabilities in making choices that lead to meaningful and productive lives; and,
WHEREAS, direct support professionals provide essential support to keep individuals with disabilities connected to their families, friends and communities; and,
WHEREAS, the participation of direct support professionals in medical care planning is critical to the successful transition from medical events to post-acute care and long term supports and services; and,
WHEREAS, there is a critical and growing shortage of direct support professionals in communities throughout the United States; and,
WHEREAS, the role of direct support professionals is vital in enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities of all ages;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 12-17, 2016 as Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week in Michigan.