A letter from a Direct Support Professional citing the need for an increase is DSP wages:
A huge crowd filled the Minnesota Capitol Rotunda in recent days to let our legislators know that there is a problem that needs solving this year. It is about people with disabilities and staff members, or direct support professionals, who provide the services they need. We love to see people with disabilities in the community. They’re working, they’re out at parks, they volunteer and more. What we don’t often notice are the staff members who help them. There’s a shortage of these important people, who we refer to as direct support professionals (DSPs). Restaurants and other industries are offering better pay, but ours is stuck, due to limited state funding. This has left an estimated 8,700 DSP positions open across Minnesota. And, an increased turnover rate is even more harmful to us because we rely so heavily on caring people connections. We’re asking everyone to contact their legislators to support the Best Life Alliance Campaign. It calls for a 4 percent wage increase for direct support professionals. It’s a modest increase, but one that we feel is more than justified and, dare I say crucial, to support people with disabilities.