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Across the country, direct support professionals support those most in need, including our nation’s older adult population and individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, to lead self-directed social and community lives. As with the broader direct care workforce, these workers struggle with low compensation, minimal training, and a host of barriers that threaten the livelihood of workers and the people they support. What are states, localities, and institutional providers doing to improve these jobs and the supports they deliver? This workshop will describe this landscape and offer attendees concrete ideas for action.
To understand the key challenges facing direct support workers across various issues, including compensation, training, advanced roles, and more.
To learn how states, localities, and institutional providers are strengthening the direct support workforce.
To identify 1-3 concrete actions that advocates and institutional providers can take to begin improving recruitment and retention in this workforce.