DSPs (direct support professionals) and similar direct care staff who provide services for Ohioans with developmental disabilities, may soon receive a pay raise.
The Governor of Ohio, Mike DeWine, has proposed in his new budget to direct additional financial resources to Ohio’s developmental disabilities system. The proposal is part of his budget package for the 2024-2025 fiscal year.
This is good news for the state’s direct support professionals who traditionally have some of the lowest wages in the healthcare industry. The low pay that DSPs receive often causes many provider agencies to find it challenging to maintain personnel levels. Increased turnover among direct care workers is a result of inadequate pay. In 2021, the staff turnover rate in Ohio was greater than the national average, ranging between 50 and 55 percent.
The median compensation for a DSP or comparable direct care worker is low across the country. The median annual salary for home health and personal care aides was $29,430, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The median yearly wage for other occupations is about half of this wage.
In addition to the low pay, DSPs and other direct care workers perform duties that can quickly exhaust staff members These experiences create high rates of staff turnover. It should be remembered that many direct care staff suffer from the demanding nature of the work, erratic hours as well as sometimes working nights and weekends.
The capacity to offer sympathetic and considerate support may decline over time. In addition to providing care, administrative and regulatory procedures can create additional stress for direct care staff and supervisors. All of these reasons are factors that contribute to the high turnover rates in this sector. A problem that COVID-19 only made worse.
In 2022, there were pay increases for individuals who provide homemaker/personal care (HPC) services in the state of Ohio. Beginning on January 1, 2022, the wage increase became official. The rates for Medicaid were increased for both Homemaker/Personal Care (HPC) and Participant-Directed Homemaker/Personal Care (PD-HPC).
However, provider agencies need to carefully study the new regulations. When billing their DODD claims after the January 1, 2022 date, Ohio providers will have to submit their claims at the new payment rate. Otherwise, these HPC providers will be paid at a lower rate if their claims are submitted at a lower amount than the new maximum.
Again, Ohio providers who submit their DODD claims for reimbursement with a lower rate (the old rate), will be paid at that lower rate. For more information about these rates, please visit the following link: 2022 billing rates.
Governor DeWine’s previous budget had increased funding for the state’s DD (developmental disabilities) system. However, the new budget allocates a larger amount. It proposes investing roughly $701 million to fund supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
The funding is planning to focus on creating better salaries for DSPs and other related direct care staff. It will also direct funds to new innovative technologies that can help Ohioans, as well as funding supportive services for children and adolescents with complex needs.
Some of the specific details from the proposed budget include:
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Updated from original article published on February 17, 2023
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