Good News! Gov Includes DSP Wage Increase in FY 2021 Budget proposal!

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage: Much in part to your great advocacy, I am thrilled to report that Governor Murphy’s proposed FY21 Budget includes NEW funding to raise wages for Direct Support Professionals! With the state facing unprecedented financial challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis, we were concerned that this critical funding may not have been included. However, the dedication of new funding to further invest in DSP wages is a testament to the essential work DSPs do to ... Read more

Call for Action: We need YOUR help to ensure DSP wages are not a casualty of the budget shortfall!

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage:
On August 25, Governor Murphy will deliver his revised FY2021 Budget Address. While we understand the state is facing significant financial challenges due to the public health crisis, DSPs and the individuals they support cannot be a casualty of the budget shortfall.
Governor Murphy and legislative leaders need to see the faces of the people who are impacted by their budget decisions. They need to know who YOU are and ... Read more

The DSP Coalition Thanks Bonnie Brien

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage: With all the tumult that we are going through, it makes me sad to tell you that Bonnie Brien is stepping down from the DSP Coalition for a Living Wage Steering Committee. Bonnie shared: As a long-standing member of the committee and an active family advocate in a variety of organizations and roles for more than 25 years this has been a difficult decision. I enjoyed being involved in our successful campaigns over the past 3 years in securing ... Read more

Call for Action please tell lawmakers Support DSP’s in the FY 2021 Budget

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage: Now, more than ever, we need your voice to tell Governor Murphy and legislative leaders that funding for wages for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) must be included in FY2021. While we understand the state is facing significant financial challenges due to the public health crisis, DSPs and the individuals they support cannot be casualties of the budget shortfall.  People’s lives are on the line. COVID-19 has magnified the need for DSPs and ... Read more

DSP’s from ALL community settings are essential!

DSP'S FROM ALL COMMUNITY SETTINGS CARE ESSENTIAL! No question, direct support professionals are going above and beyond their usual roles and responsibilities during this public ... Read more

Raising Awareness of DSP’s as Essential Workers

In these uncertain times, one thing that is abundantly clear is the essential role of direct support professionals in our state. They are at the frontlines, providing life-sustaining supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) every single day, in all circumstances.
During this crisis, DSPs have no option to work remote or stay home. The lives of the people they support rely upon them being by their side. By being there, DSPs ... Read more

It’s FY2021 Budget GO Time and We Need Your Voice!

Governor Murphy is proposing $42 million ($21 million new state funding/$21 million federal Medicaid match) in FY2021 for DSP wages, which is great news indeed! Now the budget is in the hands of the Legislature for review and negotiation. We need your help ensuring that the funding Governor Murphy is proposing makes it in the final FY2021 budget that will be adopted by the Legislature and Governor at the end of June. To that end, we are asking advocates to submit written testimony to the ... Read more

Good News! Gov Murphy Funds DSP Wage Increase in His FY 2021 budget

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage: Some good news! Governor Murphy delivered his annual budget address on this past Tuesday, February 25 and he is proposing $42 million in the FY2021 for DSP wages. We believe the total represents $21 million of new state funding and $21 million federal Medicaid match, and we are seeking clarification. We are grateful to the Governor for making individuals with I/DD, their families and the DSPs a priority in his budget this ... Read more

Join us Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 to support Senate bill S-1194 to increase DSP wages

oin us Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 to supPort Senate bill S-1194 to increase DSP wages Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage:

Quick Update

While the ... Read more

Bill Up in the Senate to increase DSP wages on Thursday!

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Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage:
Good News! This Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 2pm ... Read more

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