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Suggested elements of a solution

  1. Competitive wage with the open market and comparable job categories (currently $15 - $17/hr.) with an annual increase indexed to reflect changes in the Oregon minimum wage. Currently DSPs and community agency managers are leaving their profession for other private sector jobs with better pay, benefits and less challenging work requirements.
  2. State provided training/credentialing regimen that creates a long-term career ladder
  3. Add DSP to the Bureau of Labor Statistics job category to allow for accurate data tracking on a statewide/national scale

Benefits that would be realized through solutions as mentioned above include:

  1. Increased quality of care due to a stable and well-trained workforce;
  2. Less turnover, less training/onboarding costs for employers that can be diverted to services for individuals with IDD. Current onboarding costs range from $6,000 to $11,000 per new employee in addition to added oversight by other staff which all diverts human and financial resources from actually supporting people to receive the intended services.
  3. Expansion of comprehensive services capacity to meet the growing need for high-level supports; and,
  4. Reduced numbers of DSP’s and their families on public assistance




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