Investing in New York’s Direct Care Workers

Direct care workers dedicate an incredible amount of time and energy providing the most important services to New Yorkers who have developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Senator Ortt, along with his Senate Republican colleagues, advocated for funding for our hardworking direct care professionals – funding that was omitted in Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal. If you haven’t already heard, the final budget provides a $146 million multi-year boost in wages to compensate direct care and other clinical professionals for the important work they do in caring for others.

The new funding breaks down to $55.5 million in additional annual wage compensation for direct care staff in the 2017-18 fiscal year, followed by an additional $90 million starting next year that would include clinical staff as well.

These increases will help state-funded non-profits that specialize in the care of vulnerable New Yorkers not only recruit and retain employees, but continue to provide the same level of excellent care that allows them to lead fuller, more independent lives.

Take a moment to watch Senator Ortt's brief video about direct care workers by clicking on the picture above.