Urge Your Representative to Cosponsor the GROW SISPS Act!
The staff shortages faced by our schools prior to the pandemic has become a full-blown crisis. Congress must prioritize efforts to ensure schools have an adequate staff of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP), a group of school professionals that include occupational therapy practitioners.
The Growing, Recruiting, and Obtaining Workers in Specialized Instructional Support Personnel Services (GROW SISPS) Act, H.R. 7219, would provide grant funding to school districts to expand, or establish and implement, a Grow Your Own program. Grow Your Own programs have been around a long time to address teacher shortages. The GROW SISPS Act would create the first ever grant program with the goal of recruiting and training existing school staff to get the necessary education, experience, and skills to become a fully licensed or certified SISP, such as an occupational therapy practitioner.
The country will be facing a shortage crisis for years, but in order to obtain tomorrow’s solutions, there must be action today.