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COVID-19 Impact on Direct Support Professionals and Providers of Intellectual Disability/Autism Services

Brief Expanding Access & Cultural Competence
September 14, 2020

In August 2020, the seven associations in Pennsylvania that represent Intellectual Disability/Autism (ID/A) service providers joined together to collect and analyze data on: 1) the impact of COVID-19 on providers; 2) barriers to direct support professionals (DSPs) being able to work during the pandemic; and 3) the impact on DSP turnover and open position rates.

Key Takeaways

The open position rate for DSP jobs in Pennsylvania in 2020 was 18.1 percent.
The turnover rate among DSPs in Pennsylvania was nearly 60 percent in 2020.
Barriers to work for DSPs included fear and family care needs, among others.

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