Minimum Wage Bill Passes with Increases for Direct Support Staff
(Photographed from left to right: Delegate Guy Guzzone, Susan O'Brien, Laura Howell, Senator Mac Middleton, Susan Lawrence, Brian Frazee)
The Maryland General Assembly has passed a new minimum wage bill that will incrementally increase the minimum wage to $10.10 by July 1, 2018. Included in this legislation is increased funding for DDA community services and direct support staff wages that will ensure that direct support staff are paid at 130% of the minimum wage. This will be accomplished by providing DDA providers with a 3.5% increase in FY 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Over 4 years, these increases will amount to $140 million.
Thanks to everyone who has participated in this successful grassroots effort. Your letters, emails, and phone calls were persuasive! Special appreciation goes to Maryland Association of Community Service's Executive Director, Laura Howell, and her Public Policy Director, Brian Frazee for their unbelievable leadership.
Finally, we cannot thank Senator Mac Middleton and Delegate Guy Guzzone enough for their tireless efforts to champion the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the staff that provide them with support. These two legislators refused to give up despite tremendous political obstacles. We also would like to thank Prince Georgian Delegate Dereck Davis for guiding this critical legislation through his committee. Please take a moment to thank these three legislative leaders! Their email addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Meeting Dinner Set for May 27
The Arc will be hosting its Annual Meeting and Dinner at 6:00pm on May 27, 2014 at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville. At the meeting we will honor members of The Arc Society, recognize Arc staff for years of service, and elect our officers and board members for the coming year. Our honored guest for the evening will be Laura Howell, Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Community Services. Please join us for a wonderful evening of celebration. The cost is $20. Contact Tiffany Balmer at 301-925-7050 ext. 269 or email@example.com to reserve your ticket!
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Families of Transitioning Youth...It's Time for Action!
If you are seeking day or supported employment services for your transitioning student and want him or her to begin this summer, you must get your application process going immediately. This process includes filling out an application, applying for the Medicaid Waiver, finding a service provider and finalizing funding with DDA. All this takes many weeks to accomplish. Please don't wait. Call DDA at 301-362-5100 and get the process started!
View the full April Arc Notes.