This report provides an overview of the direct support workforce and examines critical challenges faced by the long-term services and supports industry; the effects of the workforce crisis, economic and other factors that have influenced the crisis; and promising practices to address the direct support workforce crisis.
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People with intellectual disability (ID) rely on direct support professionals (DSPs) to live in U.S. communities.
The DSP crisis impacts individuals and families, and is very costly to the human services system and U.S. economy.
Solutions to the crisis are critical to ensuring that people with ID can live, work, and contribute to communities.
About The Author
President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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