Recruitment and Retention of Direct Support Workforce


Direct Support Workers (DSW), who support people with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and the elderly, work long hours, and are not paid for overtime or vacation. A lot of DSW leave their jobs. Most DSW are:

  • Not paid enough
  • Work long hours
  • Get no overtime pay                   
  • Get no vacation pay
  • Get no time off

A lot of positions for DSW are left empty leaving people with I/DD and elderly without help.  As a result, MDHHS established a work group to address the issue of recruitment and retention of DSWs.


Contact Information:


Brett Williams





Jan. 2017

Meets Dates:

No upcoming meetings scheduled. 




 Important Information:


Draft Section1009 Report: Workforce Recruitment and Retention Challenges