Downeast Horizons, and Direct Support Professionals (DSP’s) across Maine need your help!
The legislature must fully fund LD 967 for increased wages for Direct Support Professionals! We must make sure this bill is at the front of our legislators’ minds as we move towards the end of the legislative session.
DSP’s have a challenging job, with a lot of responsibility. In the coming years, agencies will struggle to pay DSP’s minimum wage, and everyone knows that DSP’s deserve far more than minimum wage for the work they do.
LD967 would restore the rates agencies had in 2007 (adjusted for inflation), and would provide some breathing room to pay DSP’s above minimum wage. IF THE BILL IS FULLY FUNDED.
As many of us know, bills often are not fully funded in appropriations, so if LD967 only gets a fraction of what is being asked for, compromises are going to have to be made.
Please contact your legislators, and ask them to support and fully fund LD967.
Here’s how you can find your local Representative: https://legislature.maine.gov/house/townlist.htm
· Here’s how you can find your local Senator: http://legislature.maine.gov/senate/find-your-state-senator/9392
· Send them an email or call and leave a message asking them to support LD967.