The ongoing direct care workforce shortage continues to create extraordinary challenges for people who rely on support to live independently. Self-direction offers a unique approach to alleviate strain on the professional direct care workforce by allowing people to receive high-quality services from people they know and trust, including friends and even family members. However many individuals who self-direct are still impacted by the workforce shortage and struggle to recruit and retain workers.
During this session, a panel of speakers discussed emerging workforce practices for self-direction including:
1) a tool that enables connections between disabled people and their families seeking staffing support to professionals and community members;
2) collaborating with universities to create educational opportunities and credits for working as a direct care worker; and
3) an e-learning skills-training platform for self-direction workers.
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