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 - 07.07.20

Results Available from NADSP, University of Minnesota Study on DSP Workforce and COVID-19

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We are sharing this report as a follow-up to our previous articles seeking participants in a survey about the experiences of those providing direct support during the COVID-19 pandemic, fielded by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals. The report covers the following topics:

  • Wages
  • Scheduling changes
  • Access to PPE
  • Safety measures
  • Effects on individuals supported
  • What is needed moving forward