About the Pay Fair for Care Campaign
In 2017, the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC), The Arc of Florida and Florida ARF launched the Pay Fair for Care campaign as a continued effort to shed light on the importance of strengthening direct care staff and supporting a living wage.
Throughout this campaign, FDDC and its partners will implement a variety of tactics to gain attention from decision makers and influencers in the upcoming Legislative Session.
We encourage you to be on the lookout for various materials – including this monthly newsletter – for updates on the issue and what you can do to get involved and take action.
A Look Into the Importance of Direct Care
Florida families and providers must be able to recruit and retain dedicated people to work with the particular direct care needs of persons with developmental disabilities.
– The current rate for reimbursement to providers has decreased over the past 14 years creating a crisis for families and providers in both finding and keeping dedicated people to provide direct care.
– For families, the combination of concerns about the quality of care, less availability for care and fewer service options to access care poses a distinct threat to the health and safety of their loved ones.
– The number of available “hands on” providers has decreased by 33 percent.
– No matter what setting in which an individual with a developmental disability lives, retention of well trained, qualified staff is critical.
– Reimbursement rates are no longer offsetting the total cost of care.
We must support living wages for direct care services.
Increasing these rates will allow adequate wages to front-line staff and help strengthen and maintain necessary services.