ALBANY — Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities has entered into a $10 million partnership with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals to expand opportunities for professional credentialing for direct support professionals in the developmental disabilities field throughout New York State. The three-year agreement will help professionalize the direct support professional workforce and address worker shortages.

“Workforce shortages are putting a tremendous strain on our dedicated direct service professionals, and in response New York is taking action to provide career advancement and growth opportunities in this crucial field,” Governor Hochul said. “This $10 million partnership to expand credentialing will prove critical in providing support for training, education and expanded recruitment and retention efforts - an important step in meeting the needs of New Yorkers with developmental disabilities.”

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