Support DSPs - Toolkit
We need your voice to support our DSPs!
Join us in telling NJ Governor Phil Murphy that ALL direct support professionals deserve the temporary wage increase he has enacted in light of the Covid-19 crisis — not just those who work with adults!
How You Can Help
1. Call Gov. Murphy: (609) 292-6000
Hello, my name is (NAME), and I am calling on behalf of Bancroft — one of the state’s leading nonprofit providers of support and services for individuals with autism, intellectual & developmental disabilities and brain injuries — to ask Gov. Murphy and the state legislature to expand funding for temporary wage increases for Direct Support Professionals in New Jersey to ALL DSPs working in group homes serving adults AND children living with disabilities.
Unfortunately – as proposed, this temporary wage increase is only available to DSPs who work in group homes serving adults. It does not cover the thousands of DSPs who work in group homes for children.
ALL of New Jersey’s DSPs are essential workers on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis. They are the “healthcare heroes” of the disability world — and we must acknowledge the critical nature of the work they do by funding temporary wage increases for each one of them – whether they support children, or adults.
To do this, we are requesting that the Governor and Legislature allocate the necessary funds to providers so they can pass on this benefit to this critical segment of our workforce – and acknowledge the vital nature of the work they do.
Can we count on your support?
2. Email the Governor’s office using this link – this will take 5 minutes of your time!
Copy & paste this email template:
Dear Gov. Murphy:
I am writing to you today on behalf of New Jersey’s Direct Support Professionals, to ask for your support in ensuring that all DSPs working in the state are entitled to the $3 per hour temporary wage increase you announced on April 29.
This allocation was a welcome first step in recognizing DSPs as essential, front-line workers of the Covid-19 crisis; however, it leaves out a critical part of the state’s DSP workforce: those who support children with autism, developmental and intellectual disabilities in group homes throughout the state.
As it currently stands, this directive only provides additional funding to the Department of Human Services, the state agency that oversees group homes for adults. No such funding has been given to the New Jersey Department of Children & Families to benefit DSPs who support children.
Though this segment of the DSP workforce is smaller than its adult counterpart, it is every bit as essential.
I am asking that you work together with the Legislature to allocate the funding necessary to allow providers to expand this benefit to the entire DSP workforce, and acknowledge the critical work they all do.
This pandemic has been challenging for every New Jerseyan – but it has been especially disruptive to the lives of those with disabilities. Through it all, DSPs have been by their sides, providing a sense of calm and stability, maintaining routines, engagement and connection to loved ones – and doing everything in their power to ensure the continued health and safety of this vulnerable population.
Now more than ever, we need to show ALL of our dedicated and compassionate DSPs that they, too, are essential healthcare heroes — and that they have our full support and appreciation.
I hope we can count on your support.
3. Make your voice heard on social media.