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).
President and CEO
The Arc of Monroe
(585) 271-0660, ext. 2233
Thank you for your support!
Thank you for taking time to visit The Arc of Monroe and tour our world-class ArcWorks manufacturing facility! We enjoyed continuing our conversation with you regarding our strong position on saving 14(c) as well as discussing our programs/services, including our Job Path program.
We wanted to share an updated statement about 14(c) from the US Department of Labor website:
Certificates under section 14(c) are issued to employers on an establishment basis. The certificates will indicate whether the establishment is a work center, also known as community rehabilitation program; a hospital/residential care center (a facility that employs patient workers); a business establishment that is not a work center or an employer of patient workers; or a School Work Experience Program (SWEP).
Here is the link for addressing applying for a 14(c) certificate.
Supporting people with IDD means advocating for them and their rights each and every day. We are so thankful that you support us.
How You Can Help
>> Vote NO on eliminating section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This will help our community
- Keep workers with disabilities employed.
- Create productive, safe training environments for people with disabilities who wish to prepare for a career.
- Develop resources to assist local businesses in creating better opportunities for people with disabilities on their staff.
>> Help promote the Better Care Better Jobs Act to ensure:
- Programs and funds are established for state Medicaid programs to improve home- and community-based services (HCBS), such as home health care, personal care, case management, and rehabilitative services.
- Staff caring for people with disabilities are paid a reasonable wage.
Overview Hiring and Tax Incentives for Employers
Here is an overview of a few Hiring and Tax Incentives for Employers. Within the overview, you’ll find source links and documents received from ACCES-VR in the past for additional information on ACCES-VR, their business services, On-the-Job Training Program, Work Try-Out Program and the NYS Department of Labor Federal Bonding Program:
Arc of Monroe Contacts
Chief Operating Officer
(585) 271-0660 x 1014
Executive Director, Arc Foundation of Monroe
Director of Marketing & Communications
DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL STATISTICS AND FACTS IN THE US
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:
46.3Average Age of a DSP
Female - 71%
Male - 25%
Most Common Degree
High School Diploma - 23%
Bachelor's Degree - 23%
$29,469Annual DSP Pay
50%Non-profits is the most common industry hiring DSPs
$11,000Average Starting Salary for DSP