Report to the President 2017: America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis

This Report, presented by the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, highlights the causes of the shortage of healthcare workers who are Direct Support Providers (DSP’s), and this shortage’s effects on people with intellectual disabilities, families, communities, and the U.S. economy.

The Report specifically examines the following areas to determine how the direct support workforce crisis can be corrected and this workforce sustained so people with intellectual disability are included and engaged in all aspects of society:

• Overview of the direct support workforce
• Critical challenges faced by the long-term services and supports industry
• Effects of the workforce crisis
• Economic and other factors that have influenced the crisis
• Promising practices to address the direct support workforce crisis

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