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2008 Symposium on Strengthening the HCBS Direct Service Workforce, May 8-9, 2008



The National Direct Service Workforce Resource Center, with the support of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor, hosted a National Symposium on Strengthening the HCBS Direct Service Workforce on May 8-9, 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland. This event provided a forum for showcasing best practices in home- and community-based direct service workforce development, highlighted Federal and state workforce initiatives, and disseminated research findings. A primary theme of the event was the importance of addressing workforce issues across age and disability consumer populations.

Symposium Presentation Materials

Symposium Program (PDF)

Symposium Small Group Discussion Summary (Word) or (PDF)

Symposium Evaluation Results (PDF)




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