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DOL Shares Important DSP Workforce Data

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor sent ANCOR detailed data and analyses on wages, total compensation and job openings for direct care occupations in comparison to eight other occupations with similar requirements for entry. This eye-opening report, based on data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, was also presented to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). We were informed by Administration officials that this data was a di rect result of continued advocacy from ANCOR and the SOS Campaign on the need for data and insight into real costs related to our workforce.
ANCOR’s Senior Director of Government Relations Esme Grant Grewal also presented on the IDD workforce crisis to PCPID making the case that it should be their area of focus for 2017.
In its document entitled, “Labor Costs for Direct Care Workers,” DOL compiled average hourly wages using May 2015 data for each state, calculated total compensation using the same data, and then projected job openings for each occupation for 2014-2024. Projected job openings in the eight alternative occupations were summed to calculate a ratio of projected openings in alternative occupations to openings in direct care occupations. This ratio provides a sense of the level of competition for workers that employers of direct care workers face.
ANCOR is still in the process of analyzing this valuable information, but we wanted to be sure members had immediate access to it to use in your own state advocacy efforts.  
Click here to access the four-page document.

Shannon McCracken is a leader when it comes to supporting the needs of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. After a decade of experience at the two largest SCL agencies in Kentucky, she made the decision to embrace a new opportunity and start her own company, Commonwealth Case Management. While in the field, Shannon has won numerous national awards and served in multiple leadership positions, most recently with the Kentucky Association of Private Providers (KAPP). From November 2009 - 2012, she served as the Vice-President of Public Policy for the KAPP Board of Directors and served as President from 2012-2015. In 2016, KAPP made a significant investment in its future and offered Shannon a full-time position as the State Executive Director. Being so involved has enabled Shannon to stay at the leading edge and have a great understanding of what it takes to support people with disabilities.

Shannon is a graduate of Western Kentucky University...wife to Tony, mom to Davis (19) & Caroline (17.)

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