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

The Challenges of Recruiting in Rural Areas

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It can be harder to find DSWs in rural areas.  Not only are there fewer people to choose from, but DSWs may have to travel longer distances to reach you.  It may take more time and creativity from you to find a DSW.  People in rural areas may need to use more of the strategies listed on the previous page to find a DSW than people who live in urban areas.  You may also need to consider incentives, if your program allows their use.   We will talk more about incentives such as bonuses on the next page.