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 - 10.13.20

Big Picture Resource Round-up: Telehealth, Adaptive Aging, County-Level COVID-19 Lessons Learned and More!

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To assist our members in keeping track of broader health trends and discussions that could be relevant to the disability supports they provide, we highlight the following resources:

  • Telehealth Accessibility and Language Access Webinar Recording and Transcript: Aimed at community-based organizations, “this webinar focused on telehealth accessibility for individuals with access and functional needs and individuals with limited English proficiency. It highlighted innovative strategies for ensuring access to older adults, people with disabilities, and addressed cultural and linguistic competency when providing telehealth services.”
  • Mobile Technology for Adaptive Aging Digital Book (purchase required): “To explore how mobile technology can be employed to enhance the lives of older adults, the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine commissioned 6 papers, which were presented at a workshop held on December 11 and 12, 2019. These papers review research on mobile technologies and aging, and highlight promising avenues for further research.”
  • AARP Long-Term Supports and Services State Scorecard: “A state scorecard on long-term services and supports for older adults, people with physical disabilities, and family caregivers. The Scorecard looks across all categories to measure state-level LTSS system performance from the viewpoint of users of services and their families.”
  • County Officials Discussing Lessons Learned from Pandemic: “With over 3,000 counties throughout the U.S., county officials are at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to help local county leaders navigate these uncharted territories, Zencity held an open discussion with county administrators from McHenry County, Ill., Nevada County, Calif., and Ottawa County, Mich., to discuss their personal experiences.”