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.
In collaboration with: Advocating Change Together, Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst, Association of Residential Resources of Minnesota, Care Providers of Minnesota, Disability Services Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services, LeadingAge Center for Applied Research, Minnesota Families and Advocates Coalition, Minnesota Homecare Association, Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation, The Arc of Minnesota