The Value the Work Coalition has revised the Resource Kit for you and your advocacy to retain and recruit direct support professionals.

Please delete the old version.

We have added:

  • Developed a new cover page
  • Revised the table of contents
  • Added live links to the Facebook Page & Website
  • Added a new section on Working with Editorial Boards

Please feel free to share this Resource Kit with other advocates.

The Resource and Value the Work Informational Booklet remain a valuable tool to work with the administration, media and editorial boards.

This battle is far from over.

Make sure your staff, self-advocates and families use our Facebook page and website.

Let me know if I can be of further assistance.


Value the Work Resource Kit

About this Resource Kit

The most critical issue for community based organizations that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is the inability to recruit and retain qualified direct support staff due to low rates paid to providers.  We need to raise the wages for those staff that work in direct support roles statewide!  Our coalition wants to give you as many resources that you may need to convince the Governor, legislators, the media and the general public that Direct Service Professionals deserve a livable wage.

Our theme is: “Value the Work – Value Their Lives” “Raise the Wage”

Two bills were introduced in the Capitol. Both bills call for a starting wage of $15.00/hour for DSP’s but at this point House Bill 5931 in the main bill.

Within this toolkit you will find fact sheets on the legislation, excerpts from the Court Monitor’s Report finding the State in non-compliance, sample engagement letters to enlist your board, staff and families, telephone scripts, sample letter to the editor and more.

If you need other information, please feel free to contact us with your needs or visit

We are here to assist and resolve the crisis of recruiting and retaining DSP’s in Illinois.

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Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)
815-464-1832 (CELL)