Tell OMB Why a SOC Code is crucial for DSPs!

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The Ask:

We need your voices now to ensure vital recognition for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and improve community-based services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Please take a moment to submit your comments to advocate for the creation of a distinct SOC code for DSPs. The public comment period is open until August 12, 2024.

The Details:

The SOC review is a crucial step towards creating a distinct SOC code for DSPs. Accurate data collection on DSP roles will help state and federal agencies develop better policies to address workforce challenges, solve worker shortages in home and community-based services (HCBS), and ensure DSPs receive the recognition and support they need to provide high-quality care. Clear data is essential for understanding workforce trends and improving access to services for individuals with I/DD.

OMB is currently accepting public comments on the SOC revisions, specifically seeking input on new job categories like DSPs. This is a unique opportunity for us to advocate for the recognition DSPs deserve.

Why It Matters:

  • Better Policies: Accurate data helps create better policies that address the challenges DSPs face.
  • Solve Workforce Shortages: Understanding more about DSP trends can help solve the shortage of workers in services for people with I/DD.
  • Enhanced Professional Recognition: Clear data can help ensure DSPs receive the recognition and support they need to continue providing high-quality care.
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