Direct care workforce policy paper
By 2020, Michigan will need 34,090 more trained direct care workers (DCWs) than we currently have, due in part to a rapidly growing aging population.
Low wage levels, lack of affordable comprehensive training, and low job appreciation and respect are all drivers of the DCW shortage.
Various strategies can be employed to build capacity and overcome current challenges. AASA's policy paper on direct care workforce highlights the challenges and opportunities in addressing this issue.