Let the Senators know...

 Proposed ID budget has passed the House and now needs your help in the Senate!

For the first time in a decade, a house budget bill includes funds to improve wages for people working in the intellectual disabilities field. Pennsylvania has a Direct Service Professional crisis – see www.fixthedspcrisis.com . Improving the state budget is critical.

* 55,000 Pennsylvanians require these services and thousands more are on a waiting list.

* The average wage for Direct Support Professionals in Pennsylvania is $11.26 per hour (this figure includes people who have been on the job for years and is $4 less than a living wage).

* The people performing these jobs are doing much more than “babysitting” – they are responsible for people’s medical care and require considerable training.

* There has not been a rate increase for these services in 10 years.

* The status quo is not sustainable and there is a unique opportunity this year to make a difference.

* Pennsylvania’s spending in this area receives an approximate 1:1 federal match – spending on this important cause brings money into the state; money that is spent by Pennsylvanians on Pennsylvanians; money that contributes to wage and sales tax revenues.

* To offset costs in this area, the governor’s budget includes items such as the closing of a state center and a large consolidation of state offices.

Your State Senator needs to hear from you. Here’s how you can help: 

Sign the petition here then sign up to stay involved.

Contact your State Senator. If you’re not sure who they are, click here then let them know that you want them to support the Intellectual Disabilities portions of the House Budget Bill. Tell them that after 10 years, it’s time to support Intellectual Disabilities!

written by Paul Coleman