Recruiting, Selecting, and Retaining Direct Service Workers to Provide Self-Directed HCBS

Module #2: Finding the Right DSW for You

The illustration is meant to show the steps on the path to hiring and keeping direct support workers. Key steps in the process iclude recruiting, selecting, and retaining workers.

Module Description

The purpose of this learning module is to assist individuals, their families, or authorized representatives who self-direct services to identify the duties, skills, and characteristics a direct service worker (DSW) would need to have to provide high-quality supports. This learning module also includes information on how to develop a recruitment plan to recruit qualified DSWs.  

Module Objective

Learners will be able to identify a recruitment plan to attract DSWs who provide high-quality supports to the individual who self-directs their services.  

Module Lessons

Lesson 2.1: Finding the Right DSW for You

Lesson 2.2: How Can I Recruit the Right DSW?

Jody Van Ness, University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration 

Lynda Lahti Anderson, University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration 

Barbara Kleist, University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration 

Kristin Dean, University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration 

Danielle Mahoehney, University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration