Missouri Talent Pathways

Missouri Talent Pathways (MO-TaP) is a registered apprenticeship program designed in response to the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce crisis.  Registered apprenticeships are a time-proven strategy which blend on the job instruction with related technical training to access an expanded talent pool and standardize quality training.  Primarily used in trade and technical industries, Missouri Talent Pathways is a first of its kind apprenticeship strategy applied at a state level in developing Certified Direct Support Professionals.

Through MO-TaP, Home and Community Based Services providers will have access to technical assistance, federal resources, recruiting incentives and quality standards to increase staff acquisition and retention.  Apprentices will have access to high-demand , high-growth careers within the community healthcare industry while completing a national credential.

MO-TaP Objectives include:

  1. Stabilize and structure the DSP workforce
  2. Scale national best practices
  3. Mitigate risk
  4. Increase waiver recipient outcomes
  5. Streamline public health expenditures.

Email questions to: MoTap@dmh.mo.gov

MO TaP Collaborators 

MO-TaP is a collaboration between the Missouri Department of Mental Health-Division of Developmental Disabilities, US Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, Office of Workforce Development’s Apprenticeship Missouri, and community partners which include Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (MARF) and Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services (MACDDS). Consultation provided by the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, and the National Governors Association. 

Project Overview Presentations

This presentation provides an overview of why Missouri Department of Mental Health – Division of Developmental Disabilities and its partners selected a registered apprenticeship as a solution for the Direct Support Professional workforce shortage.

The term apprenticeship is often misunderstood.  This presentation provides an overview of the five elements required of a registered apprenticeship 

A registered apprenticeship is a cooperative effort between an employer partner and an apprentice. This presentation provides a high level overview of each role.

This presentation includes the competencies and skills which will be developed through the MO TaP registered apprenticeship

Certified DSP Apprentice

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Employer Partner

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