We would greatly appreciate your advocacy effort regarding the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). You can download a comparison of the Senate and Assembly proposals generated by NYSARC. Please contact Pamela Polacsek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 587-0723 ext. 1255 if you need further assistance. Again, thank you so much for your support.
FINAL BUDGET DECISION WEEK STARTS MONDAY, THE 17TH
Please use all week to call Senator Skelos 455-3171 and Assembly Speaker Silver 455-3791 to thank them for their support and to encourage them to advocate to Governor Cuomo to increase DSP pay in the FINAL BUDGET!
CALL VOLUME IS CRITICAL
Both houses have endorsed increased funding for salaries to Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) employed in OPWDD non-profit programs. The Assembly proposal includes a 2% COLA and TREND on all reimbursement. This is the proposal we want. You can explain –
o DSPs have lost 8% to inflation
o Protecting our most vulnerable citizens depends on them