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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Rutgers University Weather Emergency Closure

Rutgers University has declared a weather emergency closure for Wednesday, March 21, 2018. As part of Rutgers University, The Boggs Center will be closed. For the status of training courses scheduled for Thursday, March 22, please refer to the Training Opportunities section of this web site.

President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities Releases Report
on Direct Support Workforce

Report to the President 2017 coverThe President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) has released its 2017 report, America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis: Effects on People with Intellectual Disabilities, Families, Communities and the U.S. Economy. Through this report, the PCPID identified the Direct Support workforce crisis as the most important topic to address in its Annual Report to the President.

The current state of the Direct Support Professional workforce is a systemic and nationwide concern. The average DSP wage is $10.72, most work two or three jobs, and the average annual DSP turnover rate is 45%. The report also explores: how these issues affect individuals, families, and human services systems; the factors that contribute to these issues; and promising practices to strengthen the direct support workforce.

PCPID serves in an advisory capacity to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) promoting policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their respective communities. The committee includes representatives from several federal agencies and 13 citizen members.


The Boggs Center’s Executive Director, Deborah Spitalnik, PhD, contributed to the report as a member of PCPID. Appointed by the Obama Administration, Dr. Spitalnik served on the PCPID from 2014 – May 2016, having previously served from 2011 to 2013, from 1994 to 2001, and as Chair from 2000 to 2001.

The report was prepared by
Amy Hewitt, PhD, working with Charlie Lakin, PhD, Claire Benway and Julie Kramme, MA, of the Research and Training Center on Community Living, University of Minnesota, and Joe MacBeth, Executive Director of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals. Individuals with ID/DD, family members, and organizations also contributed to the report with information and stories about the direct support workforce crisis.

View full report (PDF) or plain-language version (PDF).
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