State and national governments are recognizing the important role of Direct Support Providers. Senate Resolution 258 called for the U.S. Senate to formally recognize Direct Support Professionals Week in September.
It also called for better data collection on the DSP workforce with the goal of analyzing and evaluating Medicaid rate structures and policy decisions. Right now, the Bureau of Labor Statistics lumps DSPs in under the heading of Personal Care Aides. Better data collection would help lawmakers see the real impact of DSPs.
Current Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that the employment of DSPs and Personal Care Aides is projected to grow 26 percent by 2024. That’s compared to a projected 7 percent growth rate for other occupations during the same period.
Leaders in the government are recognizing that DSPs provide valuable support and should be paid accordingly.
“Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we work to ensure that these hard-working individuals have the income and emotional support they need and deserve,” the resolution stated.