According to the BFair2DirectCare recent advocacy report of 2017 data, the turnover and vacancy rate for DSPs is at a crisis level and continues to rise due to funding for a living wage increase.
Agencies like Opengate are hit especially hard and can not compete with big box stores and fast food restaurants to attract and retain valued DSPs. All of our support professionals play a critical part in the success of our individuals, and for our organization.
Turnover is costly for any employer, and especially those who have direct, daily interaction with a vulnerable population. Many of our clients rely on a steady relationship with their DSPs. To adapt to changing personnel is often frightening and frustrating.
We continue to urge you to contact your legislators as well as support the actions of all advocates for Direct Support Professionals and their ability to earn a living wage.
For further details and information, please read the complete report below: