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PA facing dire shortage of direct support professionals

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Those suffering from intellectual disabilities are left with very few support services right now because staffing and funding are apparently at an all-time low, in what's being called a “near collapse of the system.”

Nancy Murray, Senior Vice President of Achieva, says Pennsylvania is facing a dire shortage of direct support professionals to help those families in need.

“You know, it’s just awful. That’s really the best word I can use to describe it. These families are becoming more, and more desperate. I don’t say that to be dramatic, but that’s really the truth.”

Murray tells the NewsRadio KDKA Morning Show that they have lost many people throughout the pandemic who never returned.

She says the industry was already experiencing turnover rates nationally before COVID-19 arrived, and some parents are leaving their jobs to care for their own children.

She's pleading with the Governor and the leadership in the General Assembly for help.

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