The Implications of an Industry in Peril

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.

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Finding The Right Solution

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.[1]” 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!

 

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