A direct support professional (DSP) provides essential services, but Iowa’s current (fixed) reimbursement rates make it nearly impossible for community providers to recruit and retain quality employees.
Providers report an annual 36% DSP turnover rate and currently, 99% of providers have DSP vacanies.
A reimbursement rate increase directed at DSP wages would help improve the retention and recruitment of quality DSPs to continue supporting Iowans, enabling them to live, learn and work in the community of their choice. We’re asking for a 10% rate increase, with a 75% pass-through to DSP wages.
How to Help
To support our “Many Voices. One Goal.” campaign, and ultimately help alleviate Iowa’s Direct Support Professional Workforce Crisis, you can do the following:
- Contact an Iowa Legislator (Senate)
- Contact an Iowa Legislator (House)
- Send a “Thank You” to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds
Learn more about this campaign by watching one of the videos below - presented by Hope Haven CEO Matt Buley. Keep scrolling to find the legislators in your area. You’ll also find helpful tips for your outreach!
House of Representatives
"What Do I Say?"
- Introduce yourself.
- What’s your connection to disability services? Example: “My child lives in an Intermediate Care Facility run by Hope Haven.” OR Example: “I work for Hope Haven in Orange City.”
- If possible, share how much our work matters to you or someone you care about.
- If you’re comfortable with it, share that your concerned disability services has been under-prioritized and under-funded.
- Ask them to prioritize a 10% budget increase to HCBS, ICF and Habilitation providers. We need this funding to go directly to providers and 75% should be used for direct care wages.
What is the thank you note to Governor Reynolds?
We’re thrilled that Governor Reynolds included a budget increase in her state budget proposal. This moves us in the right direction. Because of the efforts already in process to work with the Governor to prioritize and increase the amount, our State Association believes our best approach is to thank her for what she’s doing. The email address you will get linked to is the person who has advocated for this. Please just take a moment to say thanks! Of course, include your connection to disability services when you do.