Organizations across New York State that advocate on behalf of individuals with disabilities are stepping up their efforts to focus attention on the need to increase wages for Direct Support Professionals.
The effort — known by the hash tag #bFair2DirectCare — seeks to persuade Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature to include money in next year’s budget to give Direct Support Professionals and other support staff a meaningful wage increase.
During the last eight years, State funding for wages paid to staff at organizations supporting persons with developmental disabilities has increased only once. Providers like The Resource Center want to be able to pay staff a salary that is competitive and appropriate for the tremendous responsibilities they face on the job. But without an increase in State funding, providers do not have the money to adequately increase salaries. And if providers cannot offer better wages, they will continue to struggle to retain employees and fill job openings.
The #bFair2DirectCare Coalition launched the #300DaystoBetterPay campaign to call on State lawmakers to address this issue before the next State Budget is adopted on April 1, 2017.
Widespread support is critical to the success of this campaign. Employees, self-advocates, family members, and others interested in this issue are asked to join the effort by following the #bFair2DirectCare Coalition social media accounts. By doing so, you’ll find updates on campaign initiatives and learn how you can become involved in the campaign. Please do the following:
- Click here to ‘like’ the campaign’s Facebook page
- Click here to ‘follow’ the Twitter account
- Interact with the bFair2DirectCare social media accounts by liking, sharing and commenting on posts and tweets.
Please visit http://nysarc.org/self-advocacy/advocacy/300-days-better-pay/ to learn more about this initiative.
The organizations that comprise the #bFair2DirectCare Coalition are:
Alliance of Long Island Agencies (ALIA)
Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State (CP of NYS)
The Developmental Disability Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY)
The InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies (IAC)
The NYS Association of Community Residential Agencies (NYSACRA)
New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA)