Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage:

We need your voice! Governor Murphy and his Administration are already making decisions about funding priorities for next year. NOW is the time to tell him why salary increases for DSPs MUST be included in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget.

There are two ways for you to Make Your Voice Heard:

1). Join the Coalition in Trenton on Monday, November 25 at 2:30pm in front of the State House Annex to show your support for DSPs!

When : Monday, November 25, 2:30pm—3:15pm

Where: Steps in front of the NJ State House Annex, 145 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey
(limited parking available at the NJ State House and in front on West State Street; additional parking in paid lots nearby:

What: Press Conference—Leaders from the Coalition will briefly share why it’s critical Governor Murphy make funding for DSP wages a priority in his FY21 Budget.

Why: Governor Murphy needs to hear from us NOW as he puts his budget proposal together because the vacancy and turnover rates of DSPs are only getting worse!

2). Send Governor Murphy a Thanksgiving Message saying just how thankful we are for DSPs in New Jersey. Full instructions from Arc of New Jersey are provided below.

Thank you in advance for your support! If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Shea at

Sincerely, Valerie Sellers
Chair, Coalition for a DSP Living Wage

Thankful for DSPs? Governor Murphy Needs to Hear From You!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is the time to tell Governor Murphy how thankful we are for Direct Support Professionals in New Jersey and why there must be salary increases for these staff in the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget. Governor Murphy and his Administration are already making decisions about funding priorities for next year. If you or a loved one depend on DSPs, or if you are a DSP working hard to support someone with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), we need your voice. DSPs are NOT just convenient to have. Their support is NOT optional and their importance can NOT be overstated. They are a necessity for people with I/DD and their families and the Governor must hear it!

Instructions for Sending the Thanksgiving Card

1. Pick a card below based on whether you’re a self-advocate, a family member or a Direct Support Professional.
2. Click to download the card and print the card in black and white or color.
3. Sign your name at the bottom. (You should feel free to add a personal message about the importance of DSPs in the space provided, but this is not required.)
4. Send the letter in a stamped envelope to:

The Honorable Phil Murphy Office of the Governor
PO Box 001, Trenton, NJ 08625

Print the letter from the images below or the links below:
Letter from DSP
Letter from Family
Letter from Self Advocate

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