A comprehensive training/career ladder tool will create a long-term career path that will enhance direct, indirect and leadership skills, increase self -esteem, and promote the value of providing direct care to one of our most vulnerable populations. Training can only go so far, wages must match the complexity of the job and increase commensurate with costs of living and higher level of support needs. The National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has a tested and validated curriculum and DSP credentialing process that any state could adopt immediately to see results. Many providers are already using the NADSP Code of Ethics and training tools to reduce turnover. With State support, addressing the training efforts and the wage disparity could make a significant difference in the workforce shortage. States that have licensed the College of Direct Support or DirectCourse are: ME, CT, NJ, PA, DE, KY, MS, MO, KS, IA, MN, OK, MT, WY (pilot).
- - Funding for training tools is available through the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver
- - State-funding Scholarship or intern program
- - Community College certificate or 2-year degree program incorporating the NADSP curriculum