PAR (Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability), The Alliance of Community Service Providers (The Alliance CSP), and Rehabilitation of Community Providers Association (RCPA) released a study that outlines the following key findings:
- Raising DSP wages to $15/hour would generate a net taxpayer savings of approximately $199 million annually
- The direct relationship between increasing DSP wages and quality service improvement,
- The cost benefit to the Commonwealth when increasing DSP wages
- The positive impact on the DSP quality of life by increasing DSP wages.
- Current low wages require DSPs to rely on public assistance creating additional demands of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's budget
- Current low wages cause DSPs to leave their jobs at an alarming rate (11.9% vacancy and 26% staff turnover) which threatens service quality
- Between 2003 and 2020 there will have been a 40% increase in the demand for direct support professionals and the services they provide
The research was done by Social Innovations Partners and the study has been endorsed by Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) every Pennsylvania ID/A association with paid staff (Moving Agencies Toward Excellence (MAX), The Arc of Pennsylvania, The Provider Alliance (TPA), and United Cerebral Palsy of Pennsylvania (UCP of PA)).