MARO and the Michigan Assisted Living Association (MALA) collaborated in conducting a workforce survey in March 2018. 105 organizations employing approximately 14,000 direct support staff responded to the survey. The resulting report provides important information on wage levels, turnover rates and other workforce data which is critical to our shared advocacy with state legislators and other policymakers.
The report demonstrates the depth of the direct care staffing crisis in Michigan, and provides support for our advocacy with the legislature to invest in direct care wages as a necessary measure to ensure the availability of quality behavioral health services and supports.
Among the more compelling results:
- average starting wage of $10.46/hour
- turnover rate of nearly 37%
- 21% of respondents had discontinued programs within the past 6 months
- 47% of respondents refused an opportunity to take additional programming in the last 12 months