Overall, we were pleased to see that both the NYS Senate and Assembly included an additional 1.7% increase to the Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) in their respective one-house budgets. Along with the governor’s proposed 1.5% COLA, this 3.2% increase would satisfy a portion of our budget request.

Unfortunately, the language in both one-house bills stating how the COLA could be allocated was too narrow in scope and does not take into consideration that the continuum of supports and services involves more that direct-care staff, despite their integral role. Limiting the COLA ignores the other critical facets of our system, including transportation, technology, facilities maintenance, and even food for the people we support, just to name a few.

We thank the Senate for including the Direct Support Wage Enhancement (DSWE), however it was omitted in the Assembly’s one-house bill and the Executive Budget. We need both the COLA and the DSWE if we are going to address the crisis to our workforce and support infrastructure.

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The Arc of Monroe Contacts

Tracy Petrichick
President/CEO
(585) 672-2233
tpetrichick@arcmonroe.org

Mike Zazzara
Chief Operating Officer
(585) 271-0660 x 1014
mzazzara@arcmonroe.org

Kathryn Davidson
Job Path Employment Services
(585) 256-7330 x2529
kdavidson@arcmonroe.org
http://jobpathrochester.org/

Mike Catalano
Vice President of Business Operations, ArcWorks
(585) 698-1334
mcatalano@arcmonroe.org
https://arcworksrochester.org/

Tracy Crosby
Executive Director, The Arc Foundation of Monroe
(585) 672-2228
tcrosby@arcmonroe.org

Bekka Fifield
Advocacy Manager
(315) 955-9310
rfifield@arcmonroe.org

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DSP Stats at The Arc of Monroe (as of August 2023)

110

DSP Openings

35%

Vacancy Rate

75%

No Call, No Show to Scheduled Interviews

80%

Turnover Rate for First Year DSPs

30%

Turnover Rate for Agencies Statewide

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