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Gov. Cuomo Announces 6.5% Wage Hike for New York’s Direct Support Professionals

March 28, 2017        

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

Raise Long Awaited and Demanded, Much Needed by State’s Frontline Support Staff

On Tuesday, March 28, moving a long-awaited dream among many much closer to reality, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his clear intention to give a raise to New York’s Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), the men and women who work on the front lines in hundreds of disability agencies across the state.

The 6.5-percent wage hike will be rolled out in stages, according to Gov. Cuomo’s speech at a rally.  At that wage-increase rally, entitled bFair2DirectCare, the state’s chief executive declared, “I will not sign the budget unless there is $55M for Direct Care Professionals.”

The raise will first provide a 3.25-percent boost to take effect in January 2018, followed by another 3.25 percent increase come April of 2018.

Recipients of that coming raise are the DSPs employed statewide by the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)—and frontline employees of such OPWDD non-profit partners like Hamaspik.

The pay hike will also affect DSPs employed by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and affiliated agencies.