The legislation known as the Recognizing the Role of Direct Support Professionals Act directs the White House Office of Management and Budget to create a new code in the federal Standard Occupational Classification system for “direct support personnel.” That would include individuals who assist people with disabilities with activities of daily living and with services that allow them to live in the community, according to the bill.
With better data, lawmakers behind the measure indicated that federal and state governments would be able to identify shortages, report accurate turnover rates and determine where to target workforce training programs.
“As the mother of a son who experiences severe disabilities, I know firsthand what a difference direct support professionals can make in the lives of those that they work with,” said Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., who introduced the measure and who has a son with cerebral palsy. “Our bipartisan legislation will help address this workforce shortage, and I will continue working across the aisle to ensure that people with disabilities have the support that they need to thrive.”
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