#bFair2DirectCare Coalition

AHRC Suffolk joined The Arc New York, families and I/DD providers from across the state to stand together in the Capitol and demand that New York fund a living wage for our Direct Support Professionals... and our voices were heard!

 

Over 1,000 people rallied to call on the Governor to fund a workforce that has the skills and capacity to keep those we support safe, and to ensure we can fulfill our mission to provide quality care and opportunity for people with I/DD.

 

Our message was delivered loud and clear!

The governor's council announced that Cuomo wouldn't sign off on a budget deal without raises for them.

 

You can still make YOUR voice heard!


Please call or email the Governor, your Assemblymember and your Senator for higher wages for DSPs:

 

https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form
https://www.nysenate.gov/senators-committees
https://nyassembly.gov/mem/search/

 

Sample scripts:

 

Governor Cuomo: 
· Hello, my name is [Your Name] and I am a [DSP, parent, etc.] from [Town]

· I am calling to urge you to support funding for bFair2DirectCare, that is included in the New York Senate and New York State Assembly Budgets, and a 2.9% COLA to ensure direct care workers, the individuals who support New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, earn a living wage.

 

Your Assemblymember or Senator:

· Hello, my name is [Your Name] and I am a [DSP, parent, etc.] from [Town]

· I am calling to urge you to support funding for bFair2DirectCare, that is included in the New York Senate and New York State Assembly Budgets, and a 2.9% COLA to ensure direct care workers, the individuals who support New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, earn a living wage.