Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) play a crucial role in providing essential services that empower people with disabilities to live independently and actively participate in their communities. DSPs assist with daily activities, personal care, medication management, and fostering community inclusion.  

Unfortunately, the demand for DSPs has been outpacing the available direct care workforce, leading to challenges in meeting the needs of those who rely on their invaluable services. With an aging population and advancements in medical care, the need for DSPs is only going to increase. 

Thanks to a Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) workforce development grant from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Aspire Living & Learning is developing and implementing several initiatives aimed at enhancing the recruitment and retention of direct care workers across the state.  

One of the key initiatives stemming from this grant is the appointment of Sarah Wilson as the community outreach coordinator at Aspire. With her expertise and dedication, Sarah will serve as a hands-on recruitment partner, dedicated to crafting and implementing innovative strategies to attract a diverse and highly skilled talent pool. Her responsibilities include executing effective sourcing techniques, identifying top-tier candidates, and ensuring an outstanding candidate experience throughout the recruitment process. 

Sarah will also be working closely with community leaders, organizations, and resource centers to identify the services and resources available to people interested in joining the DSP workforce. By highlighting these resources, Sarah aims to empower potential candidates with the knowledge and tools they need to overcome barriers and embark on a rewarding career in direct care. 

Additional initiatives include developing current employees through onboarding and mentorship programs, implementing new evidence-based systems and next-generation service models, and consulting with industry experts to ensure quality and service innovation. At the heart of each initiative is the commitment to creating a more inclusive, supportive, and sustainable environment for all involved in the direct care community.   

“The support of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is a testament to the shared commitment to improve the HCBS direct care workforce,” says Lou Giramma, CEO at Aspire. “This collaboration not only enhances the quality of care for those who need it but also opens up new opportunities for people seeking fulfilling careers in the human service sector.” 


Strengthening the Direct Care Workforce in New Hampshire