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In March, 2019, CWI’s Direct Support Professionals (DSP) and Helping Hands Day Program participants joined forces with other agencies from across New York State for the #bFair2DirectCare Rally held in Albany. During the event, participants waived posters with messages urging Governor Cuomo and legislators to increase minimum wage for DSPs in the State budget. Planning for the rally also included a “Prep-Rally” event (see photos below) that included activities such as making posters and a letter-writing campaign.

OUTCOME: The Assembly, Senate and Governor agreed to fund a 2% increase to total salaries for direct support professionals and direct care staff for eligible programs beginning January 1, 2020 and another 2% increase to total salaries for direct support professionals, direct care staff and clinicians for eligible programs beginning April 1, 2020.