The budget deliberations have begun in the House and Senate. As you may know, we at The Arc have made our workforce crisis the priority. Our workforce salaries are affected by the rate increase given to human service providers which cover all costs (salaries, benefits, occupancy, etc).
Our projection is that an additional $60 million will allow direct care salaries on average to reach the $16 range. Note that this year’s rate increase will primarily affect residential services at DDS. However, this year’s advocacy will help us as we continue to work toward higher rates for all the supports individuals and families receive.
Using the form letter at the link below, please contact your legislators today – and, if you are comfortable, include a personal note and story about why this is important to you.