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Moving from Crisis to Stabilization: The Case for Professionalizing the Direct Support Workforce Through Credentialing

January 1, 2019

Commissioned by the Michigan Quality Home Care Campaign, this report analyzes the costs and benefits for the state of Michigan associated with increasing wages for workers at its Home Help program. The authors hypothesize that spending an additional $30 million to increase wages will reduce turnover and improve care, thus attracting more clients to the program and reducing the need for more expensive nursing home care.

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Key Takeaways

For too long, the direct support professional role has not been viewed as a professionalized career.
Today, many industries are shifting towards skill-specific credentialing to ensure a competent workforce.
Credentialing the direct support workforce is a meaningful, significant step in professionalizing this workforce.

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