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

The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) has released their 2017 report on the DSP workforce crisis.

The intended outcome of this Report is to ensure that the Administration is “fully aware of and understand the effects of the direct support workforce crisis and the opportunities to address it in ways that strengthen the ability of people with intellectual disability to both participate in and contribute to their communities and the American economy. Not only does the crisis facing this workforce threaten people with intellectual disability and their families; it also undermines the stability, efficiency and ability to grow much needed long-term services and supports and, therefore, undermines the overall U.S. economy.”

Our DSP Toolkit is highlighted in the report (page 34), as well as a quote from The Arc of New London County (page 31). The full report includes:

  • 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

Read the full report.

One thought on “America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis: Report to the President 2017

  1. Employment in the community for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities sounds great and looks good on paper. However, I beg to differ with those with authority in this matter.

    My daughter is 40 years old and is I/DD. She has been working in a sheltered workshop for 20 years. We have been notified this year that her funding has been cut. This is small town, rural America, and the possibilities of getting a community job are nil and none. Right now, she is earning a paycheck which she is very proud of. The workshop has taught her self esteem, good work habits and work ethics. She is a very hard working and conscientious worker.

    However, she also has some physical limitations that would hamper her greatly to be working in a public, community job. Also, how many companies are going to pay these disabled people minimum wage of $7.25 or higher if it is granted. I don’t know of one politician that would pay them minimum wage. Plus, a job would have to be “carved” out just for them so that they could succeed at the job.

    I don’t know why the sheltered workshops and their set ups are just not left alone. Let the people that are parents, guardians or interested persons control how the I/DD person is to be treated with regards to community employment. My daughter has brought home lots of paperwork from “meetings” they have had with the community employment supervisor. There is nothing in those papers that my daughter could understand – I have trouble and I am an educated and intelligent person. They all ask the I/DD person what they would like to do out in the community. My daughter has no idea what she would want to do as all she knows how to do is the jobs at her sheltered workshop.

    Of course, the government would pay for Adult Day Hab for my daughter. From all that I have observed, Day Hab is nohting but a glorified babysitter. I want more stimulation for my daughter than it provides.

    Thank you.

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