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Your UCP: National October 11, 2003
Direct Care Personnel

Several challenges are associated the recruitment and retention of direct care personnel to assist individuals with disabilities. These challenges include shortages of competent individuals to fulfill the vital role of assisting individuals with disabilities, insufficient wages and benefits that lead to difficulty retaining staff, insufficient educational and employment development opportunities, and a failure to recognize this role as a true "profession" in this country.

UCP is proactively addressing the issue at both the federal and state level to change the current landscape that prevents many UCP affiliates from expanding their programs despite the growing need and demand.

The following links provide current information regarding this issue.
Documents:
Medicaid Recipients with Disabilities Benefit from Directing Their Own Personal Care Services, Study Finds
Understanding Medicaid Home and Community Services: A Primer
Special Investigation Links Quality of Care to the Recruitment and Retention of Staff
Union Report Shows Wage Crisis Facing Direct Support Workers
UCP Testifies Before Senate on Health Insurance for Direct-Support Attendants
Maryland Wage Parity
Parents Wary of Claim That Federal Lawsuit Doesn't Seek DC Closure
Direct Care Professionals Mailing Lists
State of the States in Developmental Disabilities: 2000 Study Summary
UCP Provides Comment on "Removing Federal Barriers to Community Living"

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