Make Your Voice Heard and Join the DSP Coalition on Monday at the Statehouse!

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage: Just a reminder that the Coalition is taking our message about the need for lawmakers to continue investing in raising DSP wages back to the NJ State House THIS MONDAY, October 29 from 9:45am to about 1:00pm. Join us in Trenton on Monday and/or make your voice heard that day by copying and posting the following Tweet and posting it from your Twitter account: DSPs are trained workers who provide essential hands-on supports that enable 30,000 NJ ... Read more

Coalition for a DSP Living Wage DSP increase update

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage: We are taking our message about the need for lawmakers to continue investing in raising DSP wages back to the NJ State House on Monday, October 29. We hope that you will join us in Trenton on October 29 and/or make your voice heard that day by copying and posting the following Tweet from your Twitter account: DSPs are trained workers who provide essential hands-on supports that enable 30,000 NJ residents with I/DD to live as integrated members ... Read more

Coalition for a DSP Living Wage DSP increase update

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage: As you know and much in part to your advocacy, Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature identified $32 million in additional state and federal funding to support higher wages for direct support professionals serving individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities who are enrolled in the Supports Program or Community Care Program under Fee-for-Service. To accommodate the higher rates for direct support professionals, there will be a ... Read more

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