Opinion: The system is broken and children with disabilities are not getting the services they need

December 1, 2021

PennLive (December 1)

Opinion: The system is broken and children with disabilities are not getting the services they need

You might ask why we don’t just hire a direct support professional (DSP). Well, there aren’t any to hire. Every week, I call providers. Every week, I’m told “we don’t have staff.” And the reason there isn’t enough staff is that the state does not allocate enough funding to provide the same hourly wage for providers that PA pays its own DSPs. Equal pay for equal work is just lip service in PA.

The system is broken and it’s just getting worse. I know it’s because government has created this problem, and that makes me angry. We should be progressing. Instead, the system is barely surviving, and that’s the same for my beloved daughter.


Last modified on 12/03/2021


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