The National Direct Care Workforce Resource Center

Fact Sheet May 24, 2021

The Direct CARE Opportunity Act

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The Direct CARE Opportunity Act If enacted, the Direct Creation, Advancement, and Retention of Employment (CARE) Opportunity Act would invest more than $1 billion over five years in workforce interventions that improve training, recruitment, and retention in the direct care workforce. The bill would also invest in career advancement opportunities for direct care workers, ensuring that they can pursue a satisfying and well-compensated career in this field. This fact sheet explains why the Direct CARE Opportunity Act matters for direct care workers and the future of long-term care.

Key Takeaways

Congress should enact the Direct CARE Opportunity Act and strengthen recruitment, retention, and advancement in the direct care workforce.
Direct care workers suffer from inadequate training and advancement opportunities—and their employers struggle to recruit and retain workers.
Effective, scalable strategies in direct care support workers, consumers, employers, and the economy.
 

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