January 26th – Tell Governor Wolf That Our Direct Support Professionals Deserve a Living Wage

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January 26th – Tell Governor Wolf That Our Direct Support Professionals Deserve a Living Wage

ICF Staff, Friends, and Families are Encouraged to Call the Governor’s Office on Friday, January 26th.

Governor Wolf and his staff are currently preparing his Fiscal Year 2018/19 Budget Proposal, which will be announced on February 8, 2018. PAR, our statewide advocacy group, is encouraging all member organizations to show him how important it is to Fix The DSP Crisis and that we need his leadership with a $60 million investment in DSP wages in the FY 18/19 Pennsylvania Budget.

Indian Creek Foundation has committed to recruit staff, friends, and family members to call the Governor’s office at (717) 787-2500 on Friday, January 26th. This is part of a month long advocacy effort that is happening across the state.  With over 200 calls each business day in January coming from organizations like ICF, we hope to generate between 3500 and 4000 calls to the Governor’s Office before his February budget address. This volume of calls will show the Governor’s office how many Pennsylvanians agree that it’s critical to invest in the ID/A system to achieve a living wage for DSPs by 2021 and to eliminate the waiting list.

The information below provides you with all of the information you need to support our DSPs.  It is our hope that we can create a steady stream of calls to Governor Wolf’s office throughout the day on January 26th.

Instructions for Calling the Governor Wolf’s Office about his Budget Proposal:

1. Dial 717-787-2500. A staff person will answer the phone or it will go to voicemail.

2. Give your Name and organization with which you are affiliated.

3. Choose one of the following messages and/or share your own message and story:

Governor Wolf has made Jobs That Pay a priority for his administration and I believe that he truly cares
about wages for Pennsylvanians. He has said that “we must… ensure that Direct Support Professionals
are paid a living wage.” Right now, the rates paid by the state for intellectual disability and autism
services are causing Direct Support Professionals to be paid poverty-level wages. Please ask the
Governor to include $60 million in his FY 18/19 Budget to be directed to increasing Direct Support
Professional wages on a path toward a living wage. Can I count on him to keep his commitment to Direct
Support Professionals?

OR

I want to thank Governor Wolf for the investment he made in intellectual disability/autism services in last
year’s budget. He has said that “we must… ensure that Direct Support Professionals are paid a living
wage.” Please ask the Governor to include $60 million in his FY 18/19 Budget Proposal to be directed to
increasing Direct Support Professional wages on a path toward a living wage. Without the Governor
taking the lead, Direct Support Professionals will continue to earn poverty wages and be dependent on
food stamps, housing supports, Medicaid and other public assistance to support their families and to
survive. Can I count on him to keep his commitment to Direct Support Professionals?

OR

I am a Direct Support Professional. I love my job, but I can’t support myself or my family on the wages I
get. Many of my colleagues have been forced to leave jobs they love in order to support their families.
Governor Wolf has said that “we must… ensure that Direct Support Professionals are paid a living wage.”
Can I count on him to keep his commitment to Direct Support Professionals? Please ask the Governor to
include $60 million in his FY 18/19 Budget Proposal to be directed to increasing Direct Support
Professional wages on a path toward a living wage.

OR

My [family member] has [an intellectual disability or autism] and depends on [his/her] Direct Support
Professional[s] for the services and supports needed to survive and thrive in the community. It has been
heartbreaking to see trusted Direct Support Professionals leave because they can’t survive on these
poverty-level wages. Governor Wolf has said that “we must… ensure that Direct Support Professionals
are paid a living wage.” Please ask the Governor to include $60 million in his FY 18/19 Budget Proposal to
be directed to increasing Direct Support Professional wages on a path toward a living wage. Can I count
on him to keep his continue his commitment to Direct Support Professionals?