DSACT Joins Coalition Time To Care

We are excited to share that DSACT has joined the Time To Care TX coalition in anticipation of the 2025 Texas legislative session. Alongside other Texas Down Syndrome Associations and the National Down Syndrome Society, we are partnering with Time To Care to advocate for direct support professionals (DSPs) to receive the recognition and compensation they deserve.

The underfunding of DSPs has resulted in a labor shortage and compromised the quality of care for Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This has also led to group homes closing and turning away Texans who need support.

Through Time to Care, grassroots advocates have sent over 75,000 letters to state leaders asking them to authorize an emergency appropriations request to increase community-based DSP wages from $10.60 to $15 an hour. We encourage you to contact your representative and add your story to the template letter here to request the allocation of emergency funding to increase pay for DSPs. Stay tuned for more ways to get involved in advocacy for the upcoming legislative session.

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