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 - 02.28.20

Time is Running Out: Opportunity to Speak Up on DSP Shortage

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We are re-sharing this announcement from our Weekly Update publication for the convenience of our members:

Requesting Your Assistance: Assessing the Impact of the Direct Support Workforce Crisis

As you may have seen, recently we’ve been successfully pitching more coverage in the press about the direct support workforce crisis. as validated by the NCI staff stability report. We have also been successful in connecting members to reporters to discuss specific agency/corporation experiences. However, to keep this momentum going, we need more information.

For that reason, we want you to tell us: What does the direct support workforce crisis mean for your organization and the people you support? Are you turning away new referrals because of inadequate staffing? Are you shuttering existing programs or delaying the launch of new ones because you don’t have enough staff to make those programs successful? How else might this issue be hindering your ability to support people in community?

To answer this question, please take four minutes as soon as you’re able to complete this short questionnaire about the impact of the DSP workforce crisis on your organization. Any information you share will be kept confidential, and no identifying information will be preserved if and when we disseminate the results of this survey.

We are immensely grateful for the time you take to complete the survey. Thank you!