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

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