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Recognizing the Role of Direct Support Professionals Act One-Pager

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The bill urges the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to create a unique SOC code specifically for DSPs. This classification is vital for strengthening and professionalizing the DSP workforce, enabling comprehensive and accurate data collection.

SOCs are used to collect data and help all levels of government (local, state, federal) identify employment trends. Currently, “Direct Support Professional” is not recognized at the federal level because it does not have a unique SOC code DSPs. For this reason, DSPs are often inaccurately and inconsistently incorporated into a variety of SOCs which do not capture their full spectrum of work activities. A SOC for DSPs will enable state and federal agencies to collect data on the high turnover rate of DSPs and inform policies to address the workforce crisis. ANCOR has long supported this legislation, recognizing its importance in addressing workforce challenges and improving the quality of care for individuals with disabilities.