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Capitol Correspondence - 09.20.22

ANCOR Leads Coalition Letter to Congress in Support of Standard Occupational Classification

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On September 16, the Consortium for Constituents with Disabilities (CCD) sent a letter to the U.S. Senate in support of the Recognizing the Role of Direct Support Professionals Act, which would direct the administration to create a standard occupational classification (SOC) for direct support professionals (DSPs). ANCOR drafted and signed the letter along with 18 additional CCD members. Read the full coalition letter.

The creation of a SOC for DSPs is essential to ensuring people with I/DD have access to critical supports and services. A unique SOC for DSPs would help states and the federal government collect data on demographics and turnover rates. This, in turn, will help inform policies to address the workforce shortage. A DSP SOC will also help states more accurately set rates, which could positively impact DSP wages.

ANCOR will continue to urge Congress to pass this legislation. To reach out to your members of Congress and ask for their support, use our action alert: Tell Congress: The Direct Care Workforce Needs Support!

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