Miller Attends #bFair2DirectCare Rally to Support Direct-Care Workers

December 22, 2017

Attendees at the #bFair2DirectCare rally on December 19 gathered at Nassau Community College to hear from Long Island elected officials, parents and self-advocates.

Assemblywoman Melissa Miller (R,C,Ref-Atlantic Beach) attended the #bFair2DirectCare rally on December 19 at Nassau Community College to support the initiative for direct-support professionals (DSP) to earn a living wage. Currently, a DSP in New York only earns $12 an hour. The rally sought to urge Gov. Cuomo and state lawmakers to accelerate the implementation of funding to provide DSPs with living wages.

“DSPs work hard every day to bring the best quality of life to so many individuals with disabilities, like my son,” said Miller. “It is a tough job that is always in demand, but with such a low pay rate and the new minimum wage mandates, recruitment of DSPs is proving to be extremely difficult. This negatively affects individuals with disabilities who desperately need the care of a DSP. While we as lawmakers have heard the call to action to increase the pay of DSPs, we must now push for this funding to come sooner than the proposed timeline and get these workers the pay they deserve and the individuals with disabilities the care they need.”