YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TODAY
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) provide tireless care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Delaware. However, they are an endangered workforce.
Unfortunately, the lack of adequate state funding means it’s impossible for them to earn a living wage. Frequently, they must leave the jobs they love for higher paying jobs in other industries and other states.
Fully funding the McNesby Act within the next 3 years will help get DSPs the wages they deserve and ensure better care for the people they serve. We're asking Delaware to fulfill the promise by starting with $14 million in funding for FY 2020.
$14 million is roughly a third of the $42.3 million needed to close the funding gap. It will help to fulfill the promise of the McNesby Act. It enables the professionals serving people with I/DD the ability to earn a living wage. It ensures that provider organizations can keep their doors open and help Delaware meet federal requirements for community-based services.
Decisions on the Fiscal Year 2020 budget are being made this week. The time is now to tell Governor Carney and your legislators that #14IsFairforDirectCare.