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A Blueprint for Strengthening Pennsylvania’s Direct Care Workforce

April 1, 2019
A Blueprint for Strengthening Pennsylvania’s Direct Care Workforce

This report provides an overview of the direct care workforce landscape in Pennsylvania, including highlighting the workforce shortage. Recommendations for strengthening the workforce are provided and fall into seven categories: (1) awareness and outreach; (2) training and career pathways; (3) wages; (4) data collection; (5) care team integration; (6) technology; and (7) recruitment and other supports.

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Key Takeaways

Pennsylvania is experiencing a direct care workforce crisis due to a shortage of workers and high turnover.
A council of stakeholders gathered to identify recommendations for strengthening the workforce.
Stakeholder council recommendations must be acted upon to meet the needs of all Pennsylvanians.

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