Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are critical for the community integration of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Not only are DSPs important to quality supports of millions of people in the United States, but a lack of staff can also keep people from going into and being integrated in the community. As such, DSPs are crucial to long term services and supports (LTSS) for people with IDD in the United States.

Highlight Issues Impacting Direct Support Professionals

CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership has produced the following research and policy briefs to assist you in drawing attention to Direct Support Professional workforce issues as well as advocate for changes. These can be useful in communication with various stakeholders, including policy makers, industry leadership, provider agencies, people receiving supports, families, and more.

1-Page DSP Research Briefs

  • The Value of DSPs for People with Disabilities
  • DSP Turnover: The Harmful Impact
  • DSP Turnover: Who Is Most At Risk?