Discussing the staffing crisis for nonprofit direct support professionals
Leaders of nonprofit organizations that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities say their staffs are facing a crisis. Those leaders say that the state is showing preferential treatment when it comes to wage increases — giving bumps in pay to state-operated workers, but leaving out individuals that work for nonprofits.
What does that mean for the tenure of these professionals and the people and families they support? Our guests discuss it:
- Tracy Petrichick, president and CEO of the Arc of Monroe
- Jevon Brown, residential manager and direct care staff member at the Arc of Monroe
- Dave Irish, parent, and chair of the Board of Governors of the Arc New York
- Donna Deedee, president and CEO of Holy Childhood and Special Touch Bakery
- Karen Zandi, president and CEO of Mary Cariola Children’s Center
- Sarah Clark, New York State Assemblymember, District 136
This show was produced by WXXI’s Inclusion Desk, focusing on disabilities and inclusion.