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WHEREAS, Direct Support Professionals are healthcare professionals who provide personal daily support and training to those with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities, and are the primary providers of publicly-funded, long term support and services for thousands of individuals in Nevada; and

WHEREAS, Direct Support Professionals are responsible for the health, safety and emotional well-being of the individuals they support, allowing them to live more meaningful and productive lives within the community by promoting inclusion and independence; and

WHEREAS, Direct Support Professionals provide a broad range of support including meal preparation, assistance with medication, bathing, dressing, mobility and other general daily activities; and

WHEREAS, Direct Support Professionals help those with disabilities to live successfully in the community, and avoid more costly institutional care; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada recognizes the dedication and vital role of Direct Support Professionals in enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities of all ages and appreciates the contribution of Direct Support Professionals in supporting the needs that reach beyond the capacities of thousands of families in Nevada;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  the week of September 9 - 15, 2018 as

 DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS WEEK IN NEVADA

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske and Scott Anderson