Wyoming demonstrates major improvements in retention by enhancing wages and training
October 1, 2005
Links Vol. 35, No. 9 – American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)
In 2002, the Wyoming legislature approved a 28% increase in funding for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services program for adults with developmental disabilities. Funding was targeted to increase wage compensation for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). Wyoming was also one of the first states to develop an apprenticeship program for DSPs in 2004. This article documents the positive impact that both initiatives had in decreasing turnover, which dropped nearly 40% from 2001 to 2004.