Greetings,

As we reported in previous updates, the funding secured in the FY18 Budget for Direct Support Professionals included complicated language that delayed the distribution of this money. In the months since the Budget was signed, the Coalition has worked with all the relevant decision-makers and Departments to ensure these funds reached the hard-working DSPs, who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as soon as possible. The difficulty of getting the appropriation out to DSPs was compounded by the fact that our system is in the process of shifting to fee-for-service. Although the complications surrounding the language delayed the funds longer than we expected, we are pleased to announce the State will distribute the money this month.

While we are proud of our work in FY18 and the funding we secured in the State Budget, we know we must keep fighting to increase wages for DSPs. The $20 million in FY18 was a great first step and the Coalition will press on to raise wages by $1.25 an hour in FY19. With that in mind, we hope we can count on your continued support as our efforts in year two of our campaign continue. Please keep a look out for additional information, updates and action alerts in the weeks to come

Sincerely,
Tom Baffuto
Chair of the Coalition for a DSP Living Wage

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