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Last week, Delaware’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) voted to approve $4 million for FY 2020 to help close the funding gap for services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
What this Means for DSPs and the People They Care For
The funding passed by the JFC will increase the State’s support for Direct Support Professional (DSP) wages to $9.50 per hour. But this is not enough to give DSPs a living wage.
The study published by the Department of Health and Social Services in January 2019 identified a goal of increasing the State’s support for DSP wages from $9.00/hour to $14.11/hour. While the decision by the JFC takes a small step towards that goal, which is appreciated, increasing these wages to the recommended level would take an additional $38 million every year.
THERE’S STILL TIME TO MAKE A CHANGE
There is still an opportunity for the General Assembly to pass a supplemental appropriation bill before June 30th to direct some of the additional revenue found by DEFAC to ensure that adults with I/DD have the services they need to stay safe and healthy in their local communities. Advocates who support adequate funding for community-based I/DD services urge lawmakers to keep the promise they made in the McNesby Act.
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