The Direct Support Professional Shortage Hits Crisis Level
With the current Medicaid reimbursement rate only supporting an hourly wage of $10.63 per hour, Direct Support Professionals are leaving the job in droves. According to The Case for Inclusion 2022, the average DSP turnover rate in 2020 in the United States increased by about one percentage point to 43.6%. Georgia's DSP turnover is 46.7%. Meanwhile, vacancy rates for full-time direct support positions increased from 8.5% in 2019 to 12.3% in 2020 - a roughly 45% increase. Georgia providers are currently reporting vacancy rates of 30 - 40%. Crisis services are full, providers are burning reserves and going out of business.