Attend Senate/Assembly Budget Hearing & Show Your Support at NJ State House in TrentonIn 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. ... Read more
It is very important to me that Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) get a raise. They work so very hard to care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), but their pay is very low.
To be able to pay for their house and support their kids, they have to work two or three jobs. This is not right and not good for people with I/DD.
DSPs haven’t had an increase for over 10 ... Read more
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
Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage: It’s budget GO time! Members of the Coalition are already busy meeting with legislators and testifying before the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees on the need to invest in a living wage for direct support professionals, starting with a $1.25 increase in FY2019. Special thanks to all the DSPs, self-advocates, parents, family members, and providers who came out to the budget hearings in late March/early April to make their voice heard. ... Read more
Thank you, Bonnie Brien, for sharing how the DSP workforce crisis is impacting your daughter and family. #NJ must #PayFair4DirectCare for Bonnie’s daughter and 30,000 NJ residents like her who rely on DSPs to live in NJ communities #TheyDeserveBetter
My Daughter and Others Like Her in NJ Deserve Quality Care
Poverty-level wages are driving people away from ... Read more
Meet Shaleta and John. Shaleta is John’s direct support professional (DSP) providing the support he needs to live successfully in the community. Over 30,000 NJ residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities like John rely on DSPs to survive. Tragically, poverty-level wages are driving caring people like Shaleta away from profession, causing a critical shortage of qualified DSPs. It's time NJ invest in a DSP Living Wage and Read more
Pay isn’t everything about a job, but it should, at the very least, compensate for the skills needed to do it. Tragically, direct support professionals (DSPs) – the key staff who support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) like my 26-year-old daughter – are not afforded fair pay for the complex and challenging work they do. DSPs in New Jersey are paid near poverty-level wages, ... Read more