from The Arc of Indiana: April 26, 2019 The 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly adjourned on April 24th. We achieved several great successes this year, but are already looking ahead to 2020 to work on some issues that didn’t make it across the finish line. The need for a wage increase for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) continues to be a critical issue. Despite the hard fought efforts of key legislators, leaders of local chapters of The Arc, families, self-advocates and our legislative team, no new funding to increase Medicaid Waiver rates for increasing DSP wages was including in the state budget bill. Quality workers are being lost to other professions. Providers cannot compete in the job market with an average of $11/hour wage. It is crucial we continue making an effort to get our average wage up to $15/hour. This year, money was tight as the revenue forecast gave legislators $100 million less to work with when crafting the budget. We need to continue to let l
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