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Report to the President 2017, America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis: Effects on People with Intellectual Disabilities, Families, Communities and the U.S. Economy

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January 1, 2017
Report to the President 2017, America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis: Effects on People with Intellectual Disabilities, Families, Communities and the U.S. Economy

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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Key Takeaways

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.
 
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