Direct Support Professional Workforce Crisis Community Meeting


WIND hosted a community meeting in October of 2021 to get strategies and share successful approaches for the recruitment and retention of direct service providers in Wyoming.

The current difficulties in recruiting and retaining support professionals risk the ability to meet the service needs of individuals on the developmental disability waivers.

Individuals who participated in the forum include:

  • Waiver clients

  • Direct support professionals

  • Case managers

  • Family members

  • Advocates

  • Policy makers and elected officials

  • Interested community members

  • State agency administrators

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A summary of what was learned at the community meetings is now available.

The responses highlight the need for increased professionalization and changes to the organization structure of the field. Read more on the attached two-page PDF summary.

Additional information will be shared here soon regarding ways we will be moving forward to address what we learned. For more information on how you can be involved, please contact the WIND main office at or by calling 307-766-2761.

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Dept. 4298; 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2761

Toll Free: (888) 989-9463

TeleType: (800) 908-7011

Fax: (307) 766-2763