ARRM Cares Award

An Opportunity to Recognize Direct Support Professionals (DSPs)

The ARRM Cares Award was established to recognize professionals from ARRM members who provide direct care and demonstrate a commitment to quality services. ARRM supports and encourages our members to acknowledge their employees’ dedication and service through this award process. All nominees are recognized at the ARRM Annual Conference, and winners are celebrated and presented their award in a special ceremony. This year ARRM is honoring the importance of the winners’ efforts by awarding each of the 6 winners with $1000 and an overnight stay at the conference.

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2017 ARRM Cares Winners

Nomination Guidelines

Nominations for the 2018 ARRM Cares Award have been submitted. All award decisions are based on the criteria noted below.  All nominations are printed for event attendees and may be shared publicly by ARRM. Please ensure that submissions are professionally written and do not include confidential information. Nominations are subject to editing by the selection committee for length, consistency, clarity, and grammar.
Employees eligible for nomination meet the following criteria:

  • An agency must be an ARRM Member to submit a nomination
  • Staff must do direct care for at least 75 percent of their total job
  • Each agency may nominate up to 2 percent of their staff who provide direct care to persons served
  • One nominee per form – no group nominations (i.e., please don't nominate an entire program site)
  • Five hundred (500) word limit – additional words will be edited prior to consideration
  • Each criteria must be completed with examples of how the nominee demonstrated the characteristic
  • Submit a photo with the nomination

Award Criteria

In order to assist the Selection Committee in choosing several outstanding nominees for the ARRM Cares Award, please provide specific examples of how the nominee has impacted the quality of life or enhanced life for persons-served, and demonstrates:

  • Professional Integrity:  supporting persons served while maintaining high standards to benefit persons served, co-workers, and the organization
  • Networking Supports: advocating to connect persons served with natural support systems
  • Creative, Innovative, Person Centered Approaches to Services: personalizing services, demonstrating an ability to develop and implement new approaches and sharing successful results