What You Need to Know About FY19 Funds

What-You-Need-to-Know-About-FY19-Funds Dear Coalition for a DSP Living DeaDear Coalition for a DSP LivingWage: As we reported to you earlier this month, the ... Read more

Please Tweet Your Thanks to the Senate Pres & the Assembly Speaker

Tweet-Your-Thank You to the Senate Pres & the Assembly Speaker Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage: We are grateful to everyone who participated in our advocacy activities and events throughout the fiscal year. Your dedication ... Read more

Final FY19 Budget Includes $20M

20MillionIncreaseFunds-Blog-July2-2018After many months of advocacy, I am pleased to report that the final FY19 Budget signed late ... Read more

Coalition Members Spread #PayFair4DirectCare Message During Advocacy Day

On June 21, the Coalition for a DSP Living Wage was at the State House for an Advocacy Day to ensure the $20 million appropriation for DSPs remains in the final FY2019 Budget! The day included families, self-advocates and community provider organizations and was another opportunity to put this issue at the forefront for legislators. Dressed in our lime green Coalition t-shirts, representatives flooded the State House and spoke to Senators and Assembly members about the critical importance ... Read more

Tell Governor Murphy to #PayFair4DirectCare!

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage: Thanks to your advocacy efforts, the NJ Legislature passed its budget last night with $20 million in increased funding for Direct Support Professionals. Although the Coalition advocated solely for funds to go through the Department of Human Services, the Legislature ultimately decided to include the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development in the appropriation. However, unlike last year, the Coalition ... Read more

Tell Governor Murphy to #PayFair4DirectCare!

Tell Governor Murphy to #PayFair4DirectCare! Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage: With the June 30 FY2019 budget deadline fast approaching, it’s critical for Governor Murphy to see the faces and hear the voices of the thousands of people like you across New Jersey who support ... Read more

Take Action on Twitter, Support a DSP Wage Increase!

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage:
New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Carole Johnson will testify on Tuesday, May 22 at 2 pm before the Senate Budget Committee and we need your voice to support increased wages for Direct Support Professionals. We are  asking ALL Coalition members—whether in Trenton or not—to ‘Take Action with Twitter’ (again!) and help take our ... Read more

Attend Budget Hearings to Show Your Support at the NJ State House

In May, NJ Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson will be testifying before the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees. Please join us in the audience on one or both of the dates noted below, so that we can show a large unified presence in support of a living wage for DSPs, starting with securing funds in the FY2019 budget to increase wages by a $1.25. #PayFair4DirectCare Here are the details:

Tuesday, May 8th at 10 ... Read more

Two DSP Coalition Steering Committee Members Quoted in NJ Spotlight

Coalition for a DSP Living Wage Steering Committee members Suzanne Buchanan and Tom Baffuto weigh in on the Federal Autism Study. Suzanne Buchanan is the Executive Director of Autism New Jersey (https://www.autismnj.org) and Thomas Baffuto serves as ... Read more

Self-advocate explains why DSPs deserve a living wage in video interview

Barb is a dedicated self-advocate who works at Disability Rights NJ & serves as a member of @NJDSPCoalition Steering Committee. Thank you, Barb, for explaining why #NJ must #PayFair4DirectCare NOW @GovMurphy  @NJSenatePres @SpeakerCoughlin @tomkean @JonBramnick @PaulASarlo   Read more