Invaluable: that is truly what our workforce is to persons with disabilities and others in the human services sector.
The Arc’s position regarding the current state of our workforce is clear: we are facing a crisis in the workforce, and need an immediate boost to $17 per hour as a base for entry level staff, with increases for others in the field, while a long-term plan is developed (using present rate setting processes).
The crisis is here, and it’s real. As one staff person reported, “Right now, I am working in two homes, traveling 50 miles a day because we don’t have enough staff to cover the support hours needed for everyone.” Tens of thousands of people in Massachusetts depend on our workforce.
Our dedicated Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are truly invaluable. For that reason, Invaluable also happens to be the title of a documentary highlighting the unrecognized nature of these valuable support providers.
On November 5 and November 13, The Arc is co-sponsoring two free screenings of Invaluable: The Unrecognized Profession of Direct Support, an acclaimed documentary. These screenings will be offered on Arlington (November 5) and Framingham (November 13), with panel discussions including audience participation to follow.
We hope you’ll be able to join us for one of these screenings. You can learn more about the film here, and choose the screening that works for you. Capacity is limited in both venues, so be sure to RSVP today.
- The Arc of Massachusetts Workforce Initiative: https://arcmass.org/workforce
- The National Core Indicators Staff Stability Survey: https://www.nationalcoreindicators.org/resources/staff-stability-survey/
- Invaluable at the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration: https://ici.umn.edu/product/invaluable/main