The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities seeks to better understand the direct support professional (DSP) workforce and offer data-informed strategies for DSP retention. We used the 2018 NCI-IDD Staff Stability Survey (now called State of the Workforce Survey) to investigate agency-level factors influencing DSP tenure. A total 303 provider agencies completed the survey in New York State, representing 72,252 DSPs. Multiple linear regression analysis revealed that selected agency-level variables explained 12.6% of the variance in DSP tenure, R2 = .16, Radj2 = .126, F (11, 260) = 4.54, p < .05. This study yielded strong empirical evidence consistent with existing national reports and research on the role that wages, benefits, and supervisory support play on DSP tenure.

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