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Data Collection

TennCare Survey

TennCare is collaborating with TNCO and the Institute on Community Integration (ICI) at the University of Minnesota to address workforce challenges for direct support professionals (DSPs) in Tennessee. In this multi-year comprehensive effort, the University of Minnesota is conducting an annual statewide survey about the direct support workforce in Tennessee. To see the results from previous years, visit the link below!

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Tennessee LTSS Workforce Quality Improvement Survey 2022 | Tennessee LTSS Workforce Quality Improvement Survey 2022 | Institute on Community Integration Publications (

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NCI State of the Workforce

This is a national survey that collects data on the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce providing direct supports to adults (age 18 and over) with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The survey is administered by the National Core Indicators (NCI) program, which is a collaboration between the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI).

The survey collects data on a variety of topics related to the DSP workforce, including:

  • Turnover rates

  • Vacancy rates

  • Wages and benefits

  • Recruitment and retention strategies

  • Job satisfaction

  • Stress levels

  • Work-life balance

The data from the survey is used to help states examine workforce challenges, identify areas for further investigation, benchmark their workforce data, measure improvements made through policy or programmatic changes, and compare their state data to those of other states and the NCI average

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Direct Care Workforce Study

This 2022-2023 study was conducted by MissionCare Collective and the National Association for Homecare and Hospice. It is an analysis of 67,000 Direct Care Workers, identifying 7 key workforce personas that can be useful to reference for recruitment and retention purposes. 

The data collected includes:

  • Demographic information

  • Mental health

  • Marital status

  • Support causes

  • Religion

  • Education

  • Hobbies/interests

  • Income

  • And more!

Download the full study at the link below:

Workforce Data Study

Relias The 2023 DSP Survey Report

This survey was conducted by Relias in partnership with the American Network for Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), gathering data from 763 DSPs across the country.


The findings center on the topics of: 

  • Appreciation, recognition, and well-being

  • Career advancement, training, and growth

  • DSP supervision

Download the full report at the link below:

Relias 2023 DSP Survey Report

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