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State initiatives to strengthen the direct support workforce

December 1, 2007

Impact Vol. 20, No. 2 – Institute on Community Integration, Research and Training Center on Community Living

This article describes innovative projects in four states — Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Washington — supported by government and foundation programs that have: reduced turnover by using RJPs (realistic job previews) and monetary incentives; developed special licensure for providers supporting career development; created universal, competency-based curricula; implemented a web-based referral registry; and increased retention through health insurance coverage.

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Edelstein, Steve, and Carrie Blakeway

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