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|Posted on April 4, 2017 at 11:48 AM||comments (1938)|
A letter from a Direct Support Professional citing the need for an increase is DSP wages:
A huge crowd filled the Minnesota Capitol Rotunda in recent days to let our legislators know that there is a problem that needs solving this year. It is about people with disabilities and staff members, or direct support professionals, who provide the services they need. We love to see people with disabilities in the community. They’re working, they’re out at parks, they volunteer and more. What we don’t often notice are the staff members who help them. There’s a shortage of these important people, who we refer to as direct support professionals (DSPs). Restaurants and other industries are offering better pay, but ours is stuck, due to limited state funding. This has left an estimated 8,700 DSP positions open across Minnesota. And, an increased turnover rate is even more harmful to us because we rely so heavily on caring people connections. We’re asking everyone to contact their legislators to support the Best Life Alliance Campaign. It calls for a 4 percent wage increase for direct support professionals. It’s a modest increase, but one that we feel is more than justified and, dare I say crucial, to support people with disabilities.
|Posted on February 10, 2016 at 12:57 PM||comments (198)|
The Best Life Allianceis a nonpartisan coalition of more than 130 Minnesota service providers, caregivers, people with disabilities, older adults, family members, and community partners advocating for Home & Community-Based Services.
Sign the petition and show your support by clicking on Best Life Alliance
• A 5% increase for Home & Community-Based Services in 2016 is critical to ensure that quality services for 108,000 people with disabilities and older adults in Minnesota remain available, stable, and sustainable.
• Best Life Alliance supporters are leading reforms that promote choice, independence and individualized options for people with disabilities and older adults, including Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan. Achieving these reforms requires a skilled caregiver/Direct Support Professional workforce. Between 2006 and 2015, provider rates that pay for caregiver wages increased only 10.5% while inflation rose 21.0%.
• Funding is needed to address the current statewide workforce crisis with better wages to ensure consistent, quality care so that caregivers and Direct Support Professionals can live their best life too.
• Since Minnesota has reached less than 3% unemployment, providers are under great pressure to staff current services. There are more than 8,000 direct care worker openings in Home & Community-Based Services in Minnesota (HCBS).
• Providers are already working with people they support, advocates, families, state and county agencies, and others to help address the workforce crisis with efficiencies, reforms, technology, unpaid supports and more.
• Between 2006 and 2015, provider rates that pay for caregiver wages increased only 10.5% while inflation rose 21.0%.