UCP is asking PA legislators to appropriate sufficient funds to rebuild and strengthen capacity in community services programs for individuals with disabilities by increasing workers’ wages and providers’ rates.
UCP, in partnership with Pennsylvania Advocacy & Resources, has worked to organize a campaign to advocate for funding to address the wages of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in Pennsylvania.
PA DSPs (also known as caregivers, home health aides, direct care workers) have been challenged by wage stagnation for the better part of a decade, leading to the current crisis situation. We want to send a clear message that DSPs deserve to be paid a living wage for the work that they do.
What is a DSP?
Governor Wolf released his proposed 2018-19 budget in an address to the Joint Chambers on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Unfortunately, the budget did not include any funding to be allocated to DSP wages for the coming year.
UCP is grateful to the Wolf Administration for funding new services for a number of individuals and families who are desperately in need of support. Many of those services, however, will be dependent upon provider agencies' ability to attract and retain DSPs -- a challenge due to low wages. We are dismayed to report that a solution has not yet been found in order to properly fund these integral positions.
We do not see this as a failure -- we see it as a starting point in paving the path to DSP living wages in Pennsylvania.
We are asking PA legislators to appropriate sufficient funds to rebuild and strengthen capacity in community services programs for individuals with disabilities by increasing workers’ wages and providers’ rates.
Like other human service agencies, UCP relies on state funding to compensate our direct care workers. Without a funding increase, there can be no appropriate wage increase. As a result, the retention of quality caregivers becomes an even bigger challenge.
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