There’s been so much written about the Direct Support Professional workforce crisis. The most compelling and comprehensive document was explained by the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in a 2017 report America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis: Effects on People with Intellectual Disabilities, Families, Communities, and the U.S. Economy.
Hiring and Training Direct Support Professionals (DSPs)
Every year there is a growing demand for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) within an industry plagued with high turnover rates. “In 2003, according to the US Department of Health & Human Services, there were 874,000 full-time DSPs assisting individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism, and/or behavioral health concerns in various settings.” It is estimated that by 2020 the demand for DSPs will increase to 1.2 million, which is a 40 percent increase in little more than 17 years. We are in a DSP Crisis!