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Adirondack Rally for #bFair2DirectCare

Direct Support Professionals (DSP’s) provide critical support to people with disabilities, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Unfortunately, over the last eight years state funding for developmental disability organizations to provide increased wages to their staff has happened only once.  Direct Support Professionals and other staff who work in programs that support adults and children with disabilities have only received a one-half-one percent raise in the last eight years.  Without an increase in state funding, organizational providers do not have the funds to adequately increase salaries that are competitive or commensurate with responsibilities.  The #bFair2DirectCare coalition is bringing together New York not-for-profit community-based organizations to support staff to receive fair compensation for the vital work they do.

Across the state there are more than 125,000 people with developmental disabilities that depend on direct support professionals. Combined there is over a $100 million dollar economic impact on this region.  Locally, agencies serve more than 5,000 individuals and there are close to 3,200 staff that live and work here.  It’s time that we stand up together to support this community, our neighbors and the “300 Days to Better Pay” Campaign and ask Governor Cuomo to include funding wage increases for direct support professionals.  Without Albany’s support agencies could close and lose many years of progress in community integration and deinstitutionalization will be lost.  We are already losing workers to higher-paying places and the one-year new employee turnover rate exceeds 20 percent.

Join Community, Work and Independence, Inc., Warren Washington Association for Mental Health and AIM Services at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Thursday, December 15th from 10:00am – 11:30am.  We will rally in support of paying a fair wage for a fair day’s pay.  Local dignitaries, volunteers, families, parents, advocates, organization leaders and community supporters are encouraged to attend!  We will offer a letter drive table where anyone can send a letter letting Governor Cuomo know it’s time for NYS to recognize the skills and knowledge of DSP’s and that we need his help!