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NOWCAP Services successfully completed the CARF accreditation process on April 12-13th, 2018!  The organization has been awarded a three-year accreditation, and the final accreditation report is now available on the Publications page.
 
 

NOWCAP Services would like to share some information about a concerning issue that many may not be aware of. Currently there is no occupational classification code for a direct support professional which makes it very difficult for states to set appropriate reimbursement rates for services to compensate direct support professionals or DCPs adequately as well as other concerns. The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) outlines the ramifications below for not having an established occupational classification code in place:

Negative Implications for Service Reimbursement Rates:
When states do not have a Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) for classifying the roles of Direct Support Professionals, they struggle to appropriately set reimbursement rates for services which compensate Direct Support Professionals.

Lack of Data for Identifying Workforce Shortages:
Without a SOC, there is no real measure for identifying staffing needs, gaps in services, and risks for cessation of services. Data provided through a SOC will lead to better understanding workforce shortages and developing long-lasting approaches to fixing them.

Devaluation of the Workforce:
Despite the fact that a Direct Support Professional's work requires complex skills, thoughtful compassion, diverse care, and deep medical knowledge, there is a failure to identify this position on the scale it deserves. A SOC would create a concrete understanding of both the contributions and the struggles of the workforce.

If you are so inclined, the link below will take you to the website for the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals and a petition that you can sign to ask the US Office of Budget & Management to establish an occupational classification code for DSPs.

https://www.nadsp.org/DSP-SOC/

 
 
 

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We offer nationally accredited supports to adults and children with all types of disabilities across Wyoming.  Career development, job training, support in finding  and maintaining housing, and support with medical needs are just some of the examples of the broad range of services we offer. Contact one of our offices today for more information.

 

Casper
PO Box 51248
345 North Walsh Drive
Casper, WY 82609

(307) 237-9146 
(307) 234-1029/FAX

Rock Springs
PO Box 1666
649 North Front Street, Buliding B
Rock Springs, WY 82901

(307) 382-2683
(307) 362-3035/FAX