‘Clearly undervalued’ health care support workers in line for a boost in pay

May 30, 2020

Doctors, nurses and certified nursing assistants aren’t the only healthcare workers making great personal sacrifices during the pandemic. Direct support professionals who serve people with mental and developmental disabilities have done this as well.

But DSPs are getting paid far less, with wages that vary depending on municipal and county governments.

That circumstance is expected to improve slightly, thanks to the Illinois General Assembly’s approval of a $1 increase in pay reimbursement for work performed by DSPs starting July 1. The reimbursement will increase by an additional 50 cents starting Jan. 1, 2021.

“It’s obvious we’re operating in a challenging budget environment, and care providers of those with mental and developmental disabilities are being devastated by the pandemic, but we must invest in those who serve this fragile population. It’s central to providing good care,” said state Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, who sponsored the legislation.

Read the full story via the Daily Southtown.