The mayor’s FY 2024 budget appeared today, and on Friday March 24 at noon, Director Andy Reese will be briefing the community about the DDS budget – https://cfo.dc.gov/node/1651111 - so log on here at noon Friday to hear what he has to say at the Friday forum: DDS community forum link.
I will be listening especially for two things:
- Plans to implement cost-of-living increases for the monthly personal needs allowance received by people getting residential supports, which has been stuck at $100 a month for 15 years with no increases;
- How wage increases for the indispensable DSP workforce under the DSP Payment Rate Act, passed 3 years ago, are going to be assured going forward.
I hope you’ll tune in to hear what Andy has to say on Friday, and then go to this site - March 29 signup - and sign up to testify before the DC council’s Committee on Facilities and Family Services on Wednesday, March 29. If you can’t deliver testimony, at least make sure that you submit written testimony, which usually is due by one week following the hearing. We were successful last year at getting revised eligibility criteria for disability supports passed by the council – make sure that new committee chair Janeese Lewis-George knows that we remain an active and determined constituency!
Also, take a few minutes now to enjoy these photos from Quality Trust’s Better Together reception on March: https://vimeo.com/807610302. It was a wonderful event!