Public Policies to Advance the Intellectual and Developmental Disability Sector
Keywords:human services, intellectual disability, medically underserved, workforce, immigration, public policy
Healthcare access and an adequate workforce serve as two mounting challenges for the intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) sector. Passage of The Healthcare Extension and Accessibility for Developmentally Disabled and Underserved Population, or HEADs Up Act, could greatly improve access by creating a medically underserved population (MUP) designation for the I/DD population. New and expanded workforce visa programs could meet the challenges associated with increased demand and limited supply for the Direct Support Professional (DSP) labor pool.
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