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The DCW Strategies Center delivers training and technical assistance (TA) to build capacity and drive systems change in the recruitment, training, and retention of the direct care workforce. This TA is intended for state agencies, employers, educational institutions, advocacy groups, and program administrators.

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DCW Intensive TA to States 

This opportunity will provide up to 250 hours of individualized TA to up to six cross-agency state teams. States will be assigned a TA coach and have access to subject matter experts to support them in addressing their state’s unique needs. State teams will work to complete individualized systems-change TA plans aimed at improving direct care workforce recruiting, development, and retention through reforms in policy, practice, programming, payment, and performance. Each cross-system and cross-agency team will include representatives from the state’s Medicaid, aging, disability, and workforce development agencies, in addition to other stakeholders. The intensive program will be facilitated by the state association consortium, led by ADvancing States in partnership with the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS) and the National Association of State Medicaid Directors (NAMD).  

The call for applications for the DCW Intensive TA to States closed on March 25, 2024. Selected states will be announced soon.

DCW State Peer-Learning Collaboratives 

The DCW Strategies Center will sponsor up to three time-limited, results-oriented, topical working groups of four to six states each. Each participating state will engage in monthly virtual meetings focused on group learning and sharing best practices and innovative strategies for growing the direct care workforce. In addition, each state will receive up to 70 hours of individual TA on an issue important to the state. Each state is expected to accomplish one policy or program-related milestone as a result of participating in a collaborative.

The call for applications for the DCW State Peer-Learning Collaboratives closed on March 25, 2024. Selected states will be announced soon.

TA Webinar Series

Federal Action to Address the Direct Care Workforce Crisis | March 7, 2024
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Low wages, lack of benefits, limited opportunities for career growth, and other factors have resulted in a long-standing shortage of critical professionals who provide care. That shortage has become a dire crisis; today, more than three-quarters of service providers are declining new participants, and more than half are cutting services. As a result, people who need assistance often have no option except to move to a nursing home or other institution; people who want to leave these facilities cannot; and the health and safety of those who live in the community are put at risk. This webinar features speakers across the federal government leadership discussing current federal initiatives to address the direct care workforce crisis.

  A calendar of future topics and registration details will be posted here once finalized.

Last modified on 04/04/2024

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