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Fri Oct 1, 2021, 10:16 AM

Survey Finds Disability Service Providers On The Brink

by Michelle Diament | October 1, 2021

Disability service providers across the nation are in crisis, with a majority reporting that they’re shutting down programs, turning away new referrals and struggling to maintain standards.

A survey out this week of 449 organizations that provide services to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities paints a dark picture of the current state of the industry a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of those surveyed, 58% of providers said they’re discontinuing programs or services, 77% are turning away new referrals, 84% are delaying the launch of new offerings and 81% said they are struggling to achieve quality standards. Meanwhile, 40% of providers said they’re seeing higher frequencies of reportable incidents.

“This is the first time since the deinstitutionalization movement that we are actually going backwards,” said Barbara Merrill, CEO of the American Network of Community Options and Resources, or ANCOR. The organization, which represents disability service providers across the nation, conducted the survey during a five-week period starting in August.

https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2021/10/01/survey-finds-disability-service-providers-on-the-brink/29513/

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Tetrachloride Oct 2021 #1
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lindysalsagal Oct 2021 #3
Chakaconcarne Oct 2021 #4
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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Fri Oct 1, 2021, 10:24 AM

1. Unattractive wages leading to staffing shortages

Government programs such as Medicare provide the funding and those wages have not kept up with oher employers, says the story.

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Response to Tetrachloride (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 1, 2021, 10:30 AM

2. Exactly.

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Fri Oct 1, 2021, 10:36 AM

3. I didn't know anyone was representing service providers

But like everything else, that's socialism, so, we won't pay for it. We're pro-birth, not pro-life.

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Fri Oct 1, 2021, 10:39 AM

4. Didn't TFG cut these services?

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Fri Oct 1, 2021, 11:17 AM

5. The problem is identified in the phrase "the state of the industry".

It shouldn't be an industry.

Services to the disabled should not be a profit-making enterprise.

The difference between what you pay for and what you get is called "profit".

Therefore, it is in the interest of the "industry" to make sure what you get is minimized.

That translates to poor wages, poor training, and crap working conditions, all designed to keep the cost down.

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