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At the State Level

The New York State passed a $237 billion budget on April 20. While we did not achieve a 3.2% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) or Direct Support Wage Enhancement, because of your advocacy we were able to advance:

-A 2.8% COLA including a flexible 1.5% rate increase and 1.7% increase dedicated to direct care staff, clinical staff, support staff and others.

These provisions were made possible because the advocacy of self-advocates, family members, staff and friends in the community. Thank you for your support promoting the health and independence of people with developmental disabilities and staff.

*From IACNY

At the Federal Level

The U.S. Senate  passed the “Recognizing the Role of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) Act” (S.1332/ H.R. 2941), which requires the Office of Management and Budget to consider updating the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) and recognizing the DSP role as a distinct profession. This leads to data collection and ideally more robust funding. The bill now goes to the House Representatives. Send an email to your member of Congress.