AHRC Nassau self-advocates call out for #bFair2DirectCare, a higher living wage for direct support professionals.

At the Federal Level
Sign the Petition: The Time to Invest in the Care Infrastructure Is NOW!

Life in the community matters for people with disabilities, and Medicaid home and community-based services help make that possible. But a lack of funding for these services and other critical care needs has created a care crisis that’s limiting the lives of millions of Americans.

We need immediate action from Congress now, including:

–Funding for programs that allow people with disabilities to live at home in their communities, without having to wait years to get the supports they need.

–#PaidLeaveForAll so workers don’t have to risk losing their jobs when taking time off to care for a loved one.

–Better pay and benefits for direct care workers, who perform a critical job but do not earn a living wage.

How to Get Involved

1.) Show your support for a much-needed investment in the care infrastructure by alerting Senators and Congressional Representatives to the disability community’s immediate need in this one-click email.

*From The Arc of the United States

In New York State
Continue to advocate for investment in sustainable disability services specifically:

–A proposed Direct Support Wage Enhancement (DSWE) as part of the New York State Budget to ensure agencies can raise the hourly rate of pay for direct care staff.

–An increased Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for disability providers to reduce financial pressures, from utilities to mandated fringe benefits.

How to Get Involved

  1. Share our social media posts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram) tagged with #CareCantWait
  2. Learn more about 2023 legislative priorities.

*From The Arc New York and CP State