Rally at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on Monday, May 13

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage:
There are events coming up in Trenton where we need your support and participation.
  • DSP Coalition Rally to Raise Wages!
The most important is a planned DSP Coalition Rally at the New Jersey State House in Trenton on Monday, May 13 . Bring your friends, families, colleagues and anyone else who wants to see a sustainable DSP workforce!
The Coalition is rallying ... Read more

FY2020 Budget Call to Action with Talking Points

FY2020 Budget Call to Action with Talking Points It’s FY2020 budget GO time! We need your help telling legislators that $54 million is needed in FY2020 to secure a competitive wage for direct support professionals that’s at least 25% ... Read more

The Direct Support Workforce Crisis: An Added Challenge for People with Developmental Disabilities

Direct Support Workforce Crisis Gail Frizzell is the author of Special Needs: A Daughter's Disability, A Mother's Mission.  Gail is an accomplished advocate and writer in the field of developmental disabilities and Mom to Lauren, a ... Read more

FY2020 Budget Summary

Direct Support Work is NOT Minimum Wage Work-March212019 Direct Support Work is NOT Minimum Wage Work; $54 Million Needed in FY2020 to Provide Competitive Wage 25% Above ... Read more

Help Support Direct Service Providers

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage:

Speaker Craig Coughlin introduced legislation today that would raise the minimum wage incrementally to $15 per hour by 2024. The bill, A-15, is up for consideration in the Assembly Labor Committee on Monday, December 10. 

We need YOUR help on Monday to ensure lawmakers understand that DSP's are ... Read more

Letters to the editor: Raise wages for Direct Support Professionals; Anti-Hunger Fight Continues; No to DPDA

Raise wages for Direct Support Professionals

Editor 600 Perry Street Trenton, NJ 08610I am my truest self, working as a direct support professional (DSP). Nothing is as rewarding as providing the supports that ... Read more

Opinion: Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are not minimum wage workers

Valerie Sellers, Special to North Jersey RecordPublished 6:21 a.m. ET Nov. 7, 2018

New Jersey lawmakers may soon begin debate on raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. As this process unfolds, it is critical lawmakers recognize that DSPs are not minimum wage workers. They are skilled professionals who provide the ... Read more

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