Agencies that provide services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are facing a workforce crisis and advocates are concerned.
On Wednesday, New York Disabilities Advocates pointed out a survey of 100 service providers in the state who have seen a 93% drop in applications to fill positions needed to care for people with disabilities.
The advocacy group has pointed out the need for proper funding to allow for agencies to pay competitive wages. Agencies say they find senior staff having to cover multiple shifts in order to provide adequate care.
Many agencies who filled out surveys have stated the need to close or reduce operations due to staffing shortages.
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