Shangri-La works with several advocacy organizations to help support issues that have a direct impact on Shangri-La's mission and vision, and our ability to provide the best services possible to the individuals we support.
We invite you to learn about these important issues and join us in advocating for change.
2021 Oregon Legislative Session bill watch
House bill 2964
WAGE INCREASE FOR DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS
For a job that requires a 110%, Oregon Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) deserve 150%.
HB2964 moves the average wage for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to 150% of minimum wage (based on Portland-Metro minimum). This not only means a significant increase in DSP and other wages, but it creates promise for the future by ensuring that wages for these essential workers keep pace each time minimum wage goes up.
The current low wages for DSPs (currently averaging only $13.94 per hour statewide) results in chronic staffing shortages, increased burnout, necessary utilization of stated funded subsidies, and high turnover rates. Funding HB2964 will create a sustainable solution to this harsh reality.
Not to mention, this group of workers is the primary component in helping individuals with disabilities thrive at home, at work, and in their community. DSPs are critical in helping achieve diversity, equity and inclusion for people with disabilities.
HB 2964 is a solution to a long term issue. Contact your local legislators and let them know how important this bill is to our community!
Week of March 29 Update: Scheduled for second work session; then off to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services.
Use the one-click tool on the Oregon Resource Association's Action page to send a pre-messaged email to your legislator. Just add your personal message and contact information.