The deadline for the 2023 Executive Budget is fast approaching, and it's more important than ever to let Governor Hochul know that investing in the workforce and system of supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is of critical importance!

Let Gov. Hochul know that The Arc of Monroe MATTERS! Please use your influence to raise these concerns however you can and support The Arc of Monroe, the 1400 people we support and our 800 employees who deserve a fair wage. Specific consideration for our field is essential.

For decades, New York state has not made adequate investments to sustain the essential programs and services people with IDD rely on. This systemic underfunding has driven us into a critical staffing crisis and eroded New York's system of supports for its citizens with IDD. The data speaks for itself:

  • 38% of providers discontinued or reduced programs and services in 2021 alone.
  • Average statewide staff turnover rate is 35.5%.
  • Turnover costs for non-profit providers have risen to more than $100 million annually.
  • Nearly 20,000 critical Direct Support positions are vacant statewide.
  • The 18% vacancy rate means New Yorkers with disabilities are missing out on needed care and support.

Now we must inform Governor Hochul how she can help address these issues in her 2023-24 Executive Budget. Our goals are twofold:

  • Establish a Direct Support Wage Enhancement (DSWE) to make up for years of underinvestment.
  • Include the statutory 8.5% Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA).

Thank you!
Tracy Petrichick
President and CEO
The Arc of Monroe

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Arc of Monroe Contacts

Christen Smith
Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
(585) 773-8535

Jessica Blondell
Marketing Manager & Interim Arc Alliance Leader
(585) 643-0097

Government Representatives

Senator Charles E. Schumer
780 Third Avenue, Suite 2301
New York, NY 10017
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Kenneth B. Keating Federal Office Building
100 State Street
Room 4195
Rochester, NY 14614
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Congressman Joseph Morelle
3120 Federal Building
100 State Street
Rochester, NY  14614
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Research Summary: Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for direct support professionals in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

Average Age of a DSP

Female - 71%
Male - 25%

DSP Gender

High School Diploma - 23%
Bachelor's Degree - 23%

Most Common Degree
Annual DSP Pay
Non-profits is the most common industry hiring DSPs
Average Starting Salary for DSP

Arc Alliance Self Advocacy Group

Arc Alliance is a self advocacy group organized by The Arc of Monroe that is comprised of people with disabilities. The group meets monthly to talk about the latest issues that people with disabilities face in their communities, as well as practical solutions to bring meaningful change.

Want to get involved? The group is open to anyone in the greater Rochester area! Email Jessica Blondell to learn about how to join.

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