A unified voice is needed! We have been working with other organizations representing intellectual disability and/or autism (ID/A) providers to send a letter to Governor Josh Shapiro asking him to invest an additional $430 million for IDD services in the 2023/2024 state budget proposal to significantly improve the wage rates for the Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who provide care to individuals with ID/A.
This funding, along with its federal match, is crucial because the ID/A system is in crisis. Nearly 60,000 Pennsylvanians with ID/A are at risk of losing or experiencing a reduction of essential services because there are not enough DSPs to care for them. The investment of $430 million in 2023-2024 state budget will relieve the tremendous strain being placed on individuals and families who can’t get the services they need and will enable ID/A providers to offer competitive wages to retain and attract DSPs.
We are requesting your help.
Click here to send a email to Governor Shapiro & Lt. Governor Davis.