On December 15, 2017, six ADAPT Community Network staff members received the distinction of being Nationally Credentialed from the National Alliance for Direct Service Professionals (NADSP). The staff members receiving credentialing from ADAPT included: Nigel Nero, Sita Boodram, Shakira Robinson,
Kathleen Contreras, John Jaramillo and Kareem Kirby.
The credentialing project was initiated by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) that asked ADAPT’s Training Collaborative for Innovative Leadership to pilot it for program supervisors from disability organizations in the State.
The participants in the pilot were all graduates of The Collaborative and became the first in the country to receive supervisory credentialing. At the Pin Ceremony in December, each person was presented with a certificate and a pin from The Training Collaborative and NADSP.
Dianne Henk from OPWDD read of letter from Commissioner Delaney acknowledging this wonderful achievement and congratulated the 21 recipients from ADAPT, SUS, HeartShare, and CP of NYS on their accomplishment.
Credentialing was awarded following an intense review process based on each candidate’s e-portfolio, required for this process. The submissions were assessed for their comprehensive work as well as the quality outcomes from the candidates’ “work samples” that derived from program based projects to promote quality outcomes for individuals and staff.
The individuals who received credentialing have achieved a high level of distinction. We are extremely proud of what each ADAPT Community Network staff member has achieved and their continued dedication to the field.