Retention and recruitment

The Institute addresses how to attract and keep high quality direct support professionals to serve people with disabilities.

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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...

  • Effects of Competency-Based Training for Direct Support Professionals on Organizations, Learners, and Service Recipients [Archived]

    Uses a standardized competency-based training program to assess the extent to which training directly linked to validated skills and knowledge needed by Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) affects...

  • Evaluation of the Effectiveness of CareProfiler Post-Hire System for Supervisors in Residential, Assisted Living, and Community Based Settings for People with IDD and Aging Needs

    Validates a post-hire support system for frontline supervisors and direct support professionals (DSPs). The system developed by CareProfiler is designed to maximize services for people with...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Profiles of Transformation Case Studies [Archived]

    Conducts six annual case studies of exemplary initiatives in transformation of community living or employment supports, and two annual case studies of exemplary Direct Support Professional...

  • QualityMall.org Web Site on Person-Centered Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

    Provides resources and information on leading-edge, person-centered supports for use by individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, government officials, and service providers, in a wide...

  • Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL) [ICI Center]

    Conducts a wide range of research, training, and technical assistance and dissemination projects related to community supports under its center grant and related project funding. The RTC-CL is...

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