DHS News Release – Website connects caregivers with people who need services

Direct Support Connect aims to fill critical worker gaps in high-demand field

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is encouraging people who provide direct support to people with disabilities and older adults, or are interested in exploring these careers, to register on a new online job board and hiring resource.

Direct Support Connect is a free, safe and secure service provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services that responds to the high demand for direct support workers in Minnesota.  It is designed to help people who need services find a worker who is a good match for them.

With Direct Support Connect, workers can:

  • Find part-time and full-time work opportunities
  • Filter and review jobs compatible with their schedule, skills and preferences
  • Respond to job postings through secure messaging
  • Find links to career building classes and resources from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

“Direct support workers help people with daily needs as they live, work and have fun in the community and at home,” said Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper. “Together we can build a robust resource for Minnesotans who need this help and for those who are looking for rewarding and flexible work.”

DHS will be promoting Direct Support Connect with partners. Social media ads, mailings and other communications will be targeted at current workers and people who may be interested in these jobs, which offer a flexible schedule that allows for classes and other work, and the opportunity to help others live full, independent lives.

As more workers register on Direct Support Connect, DHS will begin to encourage people who are looking for workers to register on the site as well.