Governmental Affairs Update
Governor Murphy delivered his annual Budget Address last week and we’re very happy to report that the proposed State Fiscal Year ‘21 Budget includes funding to address two very important issues for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities:
- wages for Direct Support Professionals and
- Day Program Rates.
Specifically, the Governor’s proposed budget includes:
- $42 million (state and federal dollars) toward DSP wages to keep these workers’ wages ahead of the rising minimum wage.
- $20 million (state and federal dollars) to address day program rates. Right now, providers do not receive any payment when a person is absent from their day program. This funding recognizes the financial effects of absences and helps to address the issue so providers can continue to provide quality services to people with I/DD.
The Arc of New Jersey thanks all of the family members, self-advocates and Local County Chapters who were a pivotal part of our advocacy efforts. Whether it was participating in action alerts, speaking to elected officials, attending events at the State House, or educating members of the Administration on why these issues are so important to people with intellectual and
Leading up to the Governor’s Budget Address, The Arc of New Jersey advocated with both the Governor and members of the Administration regarding funding levels for the upcoming fiscal year. This included testifying at departmental listening