The State of America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis 2022

The longstanding direct support workforce crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to closures of critically needed services and a denial of access to community-based supports.
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Capitol Correspondence - 11.08.22

ANCOR Holds Congressional Briefing on the Direct Support Workforce Crisis

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Last week, ANCOR convened a virtual bipartisan Congressional briefing to highlight the findings from ANCOR’s latest survey, the State of America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis 2022. The focus of the briefing was the impact of the direct support workforce crisis on community providers and their ability to provide services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Nearly 350 people registered to attend the event, including more than 30 congressional offices. The briefing was co-sponsored by:

  • Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
  • Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
  • Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI)
  • Representative Brett Guthrie (R-KY)

ANCOR’s Government Relations team was joined by panelists:

  • Yadira Holmes, Director of Government Relations, Consumer Direct Care Network (Florida)
  • Erica Smith Buchanan, Executive Director, CADENCE of Acadiana (Louisiana)
  • Nic Sunchild, Consumer Direct Care Network Direct Support Professional (Nevada)

For more information, you can view a recording of the full briefing online.