This is the time. Years of minimal rate increases have resulted in chronic vacancies in direct care positions in our disability sector. Nationally, before COVID-19, turnover rates were higher than 40%. But add the Commonwealth’s red hot real estate market to the mix, and you can imagine the crisis many families, individuals, and agencies face.
Today, as our state re-opens, many agencies cannot hire staff, and recent graduates needing adult services find themselves waiting in line for services after months of relative isolation.
The jobs in our field are meaningful and rewarding. They also carry significant responsibilities, such as health monitoring, assisting in personal or functional needs, and advancing inclusion.
But people also need a living wage. Wages barely above minimum wage and on par with fast food jobs belie the value of the work.
Over the next few weeks, we hope you will use your voice so we can convince policy makers to make changes that will address the workforce crisis with long-term solutions!