Representative Robyn Gabel has introduced House Bill 5931 which would increase Direct Support Professionals wages to $15.000 per hour. A similar bill will be introduced in the Senate next week by Senator Heather Steans.
Our DSP Coalition has also developed materials and talking points to support efforts to get Co-Sponsors for both the House and Senate Bills.
House Bill 5931, amends the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act and the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that the Department of Human Services shall establish reimbursement rates which build toward livable wages for front line personnel in residential and day programs serving persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including but not limited to intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities, community integrated living arrangements, developmental training programs, employment, and other residential and day programs for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities supported by State funds or funding under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act. Provides that the Department shall increase rates and reimbursements so that direct support persons earn a base wage of not less than $15 per hour and so that other front line personnel earn a commensurate wage.
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