NADSP Advocacy

The mission of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) is “to elevate the status of direct support professionals by improving practice standards, promoting system reform, and advancing their knowledge, skills and values.” When it comes to the “promoting system reform” component of our mission, it’s essential that we actively engage in advocacy to advance policy and legislation that benefits direct support professionals (DSPs). To live out our mission, we are producing resources, working with legislators, and partnering with national organizations to amplify the voices of DSPs and drive systemic change at all levels.

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2024 NADSP Advocacy Symposium

NADSP is hosting a national advocacy event to bring the DSP perspective to the forefront of Congress and the Administration.

NADSP Policy Priorities

NADSP has prioritized the following proposed legislation in its advocacy efforts. Our organization is actively working to secure support for these bills by increasing the number of cosponsors and organizing advocacy efforts through public policy events and initiatives.

S.1437 – Recognizing the Role of Direct Support Professionals Act

Current Status: Introduced in Senate (4/28/21)

The aim of S.1437 – Recognizing the Role of Direct Support Professionals Act is “to require the Office of Management and Budget to revise the Standard Occupational Classification system to establish a separate code for direct support professionals, and for other purposes.”

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Sponsor:

  • Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH]

Cosponsors:

  • Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]
  • Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]
  • Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA]
  • Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY]

H.R.4779 – Recognizing the Role of Direct Support Professionals Act

Current Status: Introduced in House (7/28/21)

The aim of H.R.4779 – Recognizing the Role of Direct Support Professionals Act is “to require the Office of Management and Budget to revise the Standard Occupational Classification system to establish a separate code for direct support professionals, and for other purposes.”

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Sponsor:

  • Rep. Rice, Kathleen M. [D-NY-4]

Cosponsors:

  • Rep. Katko, John [R-NY-24]
  • Rep. Boyle, Brendan F. [D-PA-2]
  • Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-1]
  • Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18]
  • Rep. Delgado, Antonio [D-NY-19]
  • Rep. Wild, Susan [D-PA-7]
  • Rep. Gottheimer, Josh [D-NJ-5]
  • Rep. Ross, Deborah K. [D-NC-2]
  • Rep. Manning, Kathy E. [D-NC-6]
  • Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2]

S.2344 – Supporting Our Direct Care Workforce and Family Caregivers Act

Current Status: Introduced in Senate (7/14/21)

The aim of S.2344 – Supporting Our Direct Care Workforce and Family Caregivers Act is “to award grants for the creation, recruitment, training and education, retention, and advancement of the direct care workforce and to award grants to support family caregivers.”

View Sponsor / Cosponsers

Sponsor:

  • Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA]

Cosponsors:

  • Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]
  • Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH]
  • Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL]
  • Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI]
  • Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]
  • Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY]
  • Sen. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV]
  • Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN]

H.R.2999 – Direct CARE Opportunity Act

Current Status: Introduced in House (5/4/21)

The aim of H.R.2999 – Direct CARE Opportunity Act is “to award grants for the recruitment, retention, and advancement of direct care workers.”

View Sponsor / Cosponsers

Sponsor:

  • Rep. Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA-3]

Cosponsors:

  • Rep. Wild, Susan [D-PA-7]
  • Rep. Lee, Susie [D-NV-3]
  • Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]
  • Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11]

“I believe that NADSP’s advocacy efforts will one day lead to true, systemic change that will improve the lives of many.”

- Joseph Macbeth, NADSP President & CEO

NADSP Advocacy & Policy Resources

NADSP has produced a number of different articles, guides, videos etc. to help educate DSPs and inform the broader human services field. These materials provide information about NADSP’s legislative priorities, advocacy efforts, and more.

Justice, Fairness and Equity on Independence Day

Justice, Fairness and Equity on Independence Day

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has been established for nearly a quarter century with a mission to ...
The Long-Term Care Workforce Support Act

The Long-Term Care Workforce Support Act

Last week, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, introduced the Long Term Care ...
Action Alert: Certified Direct Support Professional to Testify to Senate Special Commitee

Action Alert: Certified Direct Support Professional to Testify to Senate Special Commitee

United States Senate Special Committee on Aging Full Committee Meeting Tuesday, April 16, 2024 10:00AM (EDT) Featuring Nick Smith, DSP-1, ...
Meet Our 2024 Advocacy Symposium Keynote, Malachi Cereghino

Meet Our 2024 Advocacy Symposium Keynote, Malachi Cereghino

We are thrilled to announce our esteemed keynote speaker for the upcoming National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) 2024 ...
Action Alert: The Bill Recognizing the Role of Direct Support Professionals Act Passes the Senate

Action Alert: The Bill Recognizing the Role of Direct Support Professionals Act Passes the Senate

The Recognizing the Role of Direct Support Professionals Act (S1332) passed in the Senate yesterday. The push now moves to ...
Logo for 2022 NADSP Policy Event

2024 NADSP Advocacy Symposium: Building A Grassroots Movement

About the Event ​This spring, the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) will embark on its third national advocacy ...
Virtual Training: Understanding Informed Decision Making for Direct Support Professionals

Virtual Training: Understanding Informed Decision Making for Direct Support Professionals

In embracing a person-centered approach and supporting self-direction, people receiving support need to be empowered to make their own choices ...
2023 NADSP Annual Conference

2023 NADSP Annual Conference

September 8 - 9, 2023Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square300 W Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 The National Alliance ...

Advocacy & Policy Sponsors

We would like to thank the following organizations for their support of NADSP’s advocacy initiatives. Their partnership helps ensure that NADSP can continue its efforts to promote system reform that will positively impact DSPs.

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