Workforce development strategies

The Institute addresses strategies and interventions to help employers find, hire, and retain high quality direct support professionals and frontline supervisors.

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  • DirectCourse

    Offers a suite of competency-based, online curricula for professionals providing services to people with intellectual, developmental, physical, and psychiatric disabilities, and to older adults....

  • DSP Workforce Development Program [Archived]

    Provided state-of-the-art resources to help people with disabilities and their families find and retain quality Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). Specifically, the program updated and marketed...

  • History of Leadership in Developmental Disabilities: A Wiki Project

    Uses Web and Wiki technology to collect, preserve, and share the history of leadership in the developmental disabilities field over the past 150 years, and pass on to future leaders the stories of...

  • Lewin Personal Care Attendant Project [Archived]

    Conducted evaluative research on Minnesota's personal care attendant (PCA) program by: (1) analyzing legislation, rules, regulations, and policy documents to identify program changes and their...

  • Minnesota Direct Support Workforce Project

    Conducted statewide surveys of direct support workers and their employing organizations in Minnesota to better understand wages, benefits, size, and scope of the direct support workforce. The direct support workforce is one of the highest-demand and anticipated growth sectors in the U.S. and Minnesota. Expansion of this workforce is impossible without significant improvements in worker recruitment, on-boarding, development, and retention. These challenges impact individuals, families, and community providers who are finding it increasingly difficult to find and keep high quality employees. Meeting the promises of the Minnesota Olmstead Act is directly related to being able to provide adequate support in the community, and direct support workers are the ones that provide this support.

  • Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (MNLEND) [ICI Center]

    Prepares future leaders who will serve children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), other neurodevelopmental and related disabilities (NDDs), and their families in healthcare, education, human...

  • Moving Mountains Case Study Synthesis [Archived]

    Compiled, organized, thematically analyzed, and standardized each of the 17 individual case studies of Moving Mountains recipients. Qualitatively, the case studies were analyzed by theme to...

  • National Direct Support Workforce Resource Center [Archived]

    Brought together in one place the nation's premier resources on the topic of Direct Support, with the goal of improving the quality, recruitment, and retention of the Direct Service workforce...

  • National Frontline Supervisor Competency set (NFSC set) [Archived]

    Developed a Frontline Supervisor (FLS) competency set to build and promote a frontline workforce equipped to meet the complex needs of individuals with disabilities. Based on national validation of...

  • New York Direct Support Professional (DSP) Credentialing Program Implementation Study [Archived]

    Aims to gauge the workforce development issues for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in the state of New York through multi-method analysis. The 2014 New York legislative assembly requested that...

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