WHAT IS GOING ON?
The State of Michigan’s executive office submitted to the legislature a supplemental budget request but it did NOT include a request for any additional funding for a direct care worker wage increase. We need to add this important request to the legislature’s to-do list! We are asking for a .75 wage increase.
ABOUT THE ISSUE
There is a direct caregiver staffing crisis in Michigan’s public mental health system.
• People with developmental disabilities or mental illness rely on direct care workers for essential supports which enable them to access their community, work, and live full, meaningful lives.
• Inadequate wages have created a critical direct care shortage.
• Turnover rates average 37%. Some providers have been forced to discontinue services.
• Direct care starting wages, which are tied to Medicaid funding, are too low. Service providers cannot compete with other businesses that hire at the same level, often with fewer work demands.
PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL your state representative and state senator.
ASK THEM to support additional Medicaid funding for a $0.75 per hour wage increase for direct care workers in the Fiscal Year 2019 Supplemental Appropriations Budget. This allocation is intended to recognize the impact of the upcoming minimum wage increase and reduce turnover ratess.
EXPLAIN that a staff wage increase advances the objectives of improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and increasing their access to supports and services
SHARE your story: how the staffing crisis negatively affects you, as a person receiving services, family member, direct care worker or service provider.
The time to contact your legislators is now! If this additional funding were approved by the Michigan Legislature, it would be funded in a supplemental appropriations bill after the November 6 election.
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Find your state senator here: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysbyaddress.html