On March 28, The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) released its Workforce Paper, Addressing the Disability Services Workforce Crisis of the 21st Century:
According to the National Core Indicator’s 2016 survey of 17 states, the average turnover rate for direct support professionals is 45 percent. This frequent churn of staff is highly disruptive to the development of skills critical to gain independence and access community living, compromises health and safety, and is increasingly impacting the ability of states and providers to serve people and families on waiting lists for services. This affects individual and family income, health and safety, and participation in society.”
Calling the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce shortage a national public health crisis, ANCOR finds solutions to this crisis including increasing federal and state funding, increasing public awareness, improving career models, etc. Below, you will find the official ANCOR Press Release, including helpful resources and a link to their Workforce Paper addressing this issue. Together, we can continue to provide services and care while empowering individuals with disabilities and mental illness to achieve their dreams.
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Contact: Gabrielle Sedor, 703.535.7850 x111
March 28, 2017
ANCOR Announces the Release of its Workforce Paper
Addressing the Disability Services Workforce Crisis of the 21st Century
Community-based services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are facing one of the most major and growing workforce crises in the United States labor market. Which is why, the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) brought together national disability organizations and workforce experts last week to preview its new report entitled, Addressing the Disability Services Workforce Crisis of the 21st Century. Participants of ANCOR’s March 23rd Workforce Summit also discussed potential policy solutions moving forward.
ANCOR’s report compiles the latest data on the direct support professional (DSP) workforce, offers a historical overview of the workforce crisis, and offers solutions on how it can be addressed.
“For almost fifty years, ANCOR has represented providers of disability services in Washington, DC and watched the workforce crisis grow into a public health crisis,” said ANCOR CEO Barbara Merrill, “We are proud of the strides we have made in Congress and with previous Administrations, but this report marks the beginning of an even stronger movement to take measurable steps toward addressing the workforce crisis.”
ANCOR members and leaders of ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign, Daryn Demeritt and Chris Sparks, led ANCOR membership in ensuring the report was comprehensive and offered concrete solutions.
“The DSP crisis is profound and we see it in our daily operations across the country,” said Demeritt of ResCare based in Kentucky, “ANCOR’s report comes at a pivotal moment when we need to take action and cannot risk ignoring the impact it has on the quality of services provided to Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
“This is an instance where failure is not an option,” added Sparks of Exceptional Person, Inc. (EPI) in Iowa, “Millions of people with disabilities rely on DSPs so that they can access their communities, engage with their families and friends, and participate in the workforce themselves. There are not enough DSPs to meet the need, and the waiting lists for these services are only growing. ANCOR’s report offers the solutions that need to be harnessed now to avoid decline of this successful program.”
The American Network of Community Options and Resources is a national trade association representing more than 1,200 private providers of community living and employment supports and services to more than 800,000 individuals with disabilities with a workforce that’s over half a million strong. ANCOR advocates for the crucial role private providers play in enhancing and supporting the lives of people with disabilities and their families.
Through its National Advocacy Campaign, ANCOR seeks to obtain the resources to recruit, train and retain a sustainable direct support workforce. ANCOR provides organization, professional, leadership development and networking opportunities and services and is continually working toward partnerships and collaborations that support our mission, which is to advance the ability of our members in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to fully participate in their communities. www.ancor.org.
As a social change organization, NorthPointe Resources, Inc. has been a premier provider of a full range of programs for people with disabilities and mental illness since 1953. Located in northern Illinois, NorthPointe serves Lake, Cook and McHenry counties, supporting approximately 500 people annually. To learn more, please visit their website at www.NorthPointeResources.org.