Help the DSP Coalition Thank Our DSP HEROS!

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage:
Over the last year we have all seen how DSPs have stepped up in extraordinary ways to support individuals with I/DD and keep them connected and safe during a time of isolation and uncertainty. The Coalition is planning to make a little video to show our gratitude for their unwavering commitment to the people they serve, but we need your help to make it happen!
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DSP Coalition NEEDS YOUR HELP! Keep the $42m increase in the FY22 BUDGET!

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage: Now that Governor Murphy has delivered his FY22 budget proposal, it is the Legislature’s turn to review the document and make changes. That process is underway right now and we need your help to ensure the nearly $42 million that Governor Murphy is proposing in FY22 to increase DSP wages makes it into the final budget that must be adopted by the Legislature and Governor ... Read more

Good News! Gov Murphy Includes $42M for DSP Wage Increase in Budget Proposal!

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage:

Much in part to your great advocacy, I am happy to report that Governor Murphy’s proposed FY22 Budget includes nearly $42 million to raise Direct Support Professional (DSP) wages. With New Jersey’s minimum wage set to rise every year through 2024 and many retailers already paying $15 per hour, it is critical DSP wages are competitive and reflect the responsibility, skill, and training required to do the job. This latest investment in ... Read more

Help the coalition Highlight DSP’s to kick-off advocacy for FY22 budget!

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Outstanding! Gov and Leg include Wage Increase for DSP’s in Final FY21 Budget

Outstanding! Gov and Leg include Wage Increase for DSP’s in Final FY21 Budget-01 Read more

Good News! Gov Includes DSP Wage Increase in FY 2021 Budget proposal!

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage: Much in part to your great advocacy, I am thrilled to report that Governor Murphy’s proposed FY21 Budget includes NEW funding to raise wages for Direct Support Professionals! With the state facing unprecedented financial challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis, we were concerned that this critical funding may not have been included. However, the dedication of new funding to further invest in DSP wages is a testament to the essential work DSPs do to ... Read more

Call for Action: We need YOUR help to ensure DSP wages are not a casualty of the budget shortfall!

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage:
On August 25, Governor Murphy will deliver his revised FY2021 Budget Address. While we understand the state is facing significant financial challenges due to the public health crisis, DSPs and the individuals they support cannot be a casualty of the budget shortfall.
Governor Murphy and legislative leaders need to see the faces of the people who are impacted by their budget decisions. They need to know who YOU are and ... Read more

The DSP Coalition Thanks Bonnie Brien

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage: With all the tumult that we are going through, it makes me sad to tell you that Bonnie Brien is stepping down from the DSP Coalition for a Living Wage Steering Committee. Bonnie shared: As a long-standing member of the committee and an active family advocate in a variety of organizations and roles for more than 25 years this has been a difficult decision. I enjoyed being involved in our successful campaigns over the past 3 years in securing ... Read more

Call for Action please tell lawmakers Support DSP’s in the FY 2021 Budget

Dear Coalition for a DSP Living Wage: Now, more than ever, we need your voice to tell Governor Murphy and legislative leaders that funding for wages for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) must be included in FY2021. While we understand the state is facing significant financial challenges due to the public health crisis, DSPs and the individuals they support cannot be casualties of the budget shortfall.  People’s lives are on the line. COVID-19 has magnified the need for DSPs and ... Read more

DSP’s from ALL community settings are essential!

DSP'S FROM ALL COMMUNITY SETTINGS CARE ESSENTIAL! No question, direct support professionals are going above and beyond their usual roles and responsibilities during this public ... Read more