PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES DESERVE MORE.
They need caregivers who earn a living wage.
Those living with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are valuable and important citizens who have a right to the quality support and services they require. This includes support for everything from eating, bathing and assisting with medication to a job and
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) work directly with people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities with the goal of assisting the individual to become fully included in their community. DSPs provide a highly valuable service that used to be fulfilled by government institutions, yet they still aren’t making a livable wage.
Individuals with disabilities and their caregivers deserve more.
THEY DESERVE MORE
DSP LABOR EMERGENCY IN GEORGIA
DSPs make a low hourly wage that hasn’t increased with demand, inflation or the move away from housing individuals in institutions.
The median hourly wage is $10.07 in GA.
For every dollar DSPs are paid, 33 cents come from the State of Georgia and 66 cents come from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Additionally, the 39.1% turnover rate is contributing to this emergency, costing around $2 billion annually to replace DSPs.