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Arc Advocacy - Direct Support Professional Crisis

Posted on November 14, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Direct Support Professionals are the backbone of publically funded long-term supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome. These professionals are integral to helping individuals with disabilities live successfully in the community, avoid more costly institutional care, and enable states to comply with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

According to the National Core Indicator's 2016 survey of 17 states, the average turnover rate for direct support professionals is 45 percent. This frequent churn of staff is highly disruptive to the development of skills critical to gain independence and access community living, compromises health and safety, and is increasingly impacting the ability of states and providers to serve people and families on waiting lists for services. This affects individual and family income, health and safety, and participation in society.

In order to cast a spotlight on the Direct Support Professional workforce shortage, which is a national public health crisis, ANCOR has written a report on its causes and potential solutions. Click here to access the full report and a summary.

Categories: Advocacy in Iowa

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