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 - 03.16.21

Two New Reports: Understanding Federal Funding on Lifespan Respite, and State Variations in Long-Term Supports and Services

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To keep our members abreast of ongoing discussions of import within the health community, we share the following two reports:

  • A report by the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center which “outlines the major sources of federal funding that states are using or could potentially use for some aspect of respite service improvement or delivery through their Lifespan Respite systems. It is intended to help professionals guide family caregivers as respite consumers, and to assist respite providers obtain federal funds for which they qualify, help state government and state Lifespan Respite grantees and partners become more knowledgeable about securing respite funds and maximizing their use, and help state and federal policymakers become more aware of the importance and interconnectedness of these funding sources.”
  • A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of variations in state policies regarding: long-term supports and services waiting lists, Medicaid expansion for seniors and people with disabilities, and Medicaid eligibility and spending for seniors and people with disabilities.