Title of presentation:  Texas Efforts to Address Direct Care Workforce Challenges
Jeff Kaufman
Manager, Policy Analysis and Support Center for Policy and Innovation, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

Mr. Kaufmann has more than 30 years of experience in strategic business planning, project management and implementation of numerous interagency initiatives dealing with aging and disability issues. Jeff served as the DADS lead grant coordinator for two years, and was instrumental in the collaboration and development of 13 grant applications in 24 months, with 10 being awarded. Jeff participated in and oversaw development of the June 2008 report: Stakeholder Recommendations to Improve Recruitment, Retention, and the Perceived Status of Paraprofessional Direct Service Workers in Texas.

Jeff served as director for Planning and Program Evaluation at HHSC. He started his state career at the Austin State School, and has worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor.

Mr. Kaufmann earned his bachelor's degree in psychology at the State University of New York at Albany. He also holds a master's degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling from the University of Texas, and a master's degree in public administration from Texas State University.