Partner Profile: OHI in Maine CEO Says, “CDS Curriculum Revolutionized Training”


The partnership between OHI in Maine and Elsevier/College of Direct Support (CDS) began in March 2010. Bonnie-Jean Brooks, the founder and CEO of this 33-year-old agency says, “CDS completely changed the culture and approach to training its 260 Direct Support Professionals that support approximately 600 people.”

“There is no question that CDS has revolutionized training at OHI. It has also caused us to better understand learning styles and, as a result, we have made some changes in our hiring process,” Brooks explained. “We have learned that the world requires people in our field to be ‘wired’ — to be able to use technology. Some people are not, sadly. Since the inception of CDS in our life we have gone on to do other technology-based training and our staff has been and is extremely receptive to it – no doubt because of CDS breaking the barrier for us!”

Brooks authored this Partner Profile that tells the success story of OHI and the College of Direct Support curriculum. Click HERE to read the Partner Profile.

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