Direct Care Workforce Crisis Advocacy Update
Lisa M. Marn, M.Ed., PCA/LTSS Coordinator
On May 26th, 2022, I and about twenty other advocates from all over Ohio participated in the Ohio Olmstead Taskforce’s Legislative Advocacy Day in Columbus. I met with legislative aides for Senator Kenny Yuko and Representative Daniel Troy and discussed the issues surrounding the Direct Care Workforce Crisis such as low wages, lack of benefits, and the difficulty becoming a provider. We asked for two considerations: 1. A minimum wage specifically for direct care workers that would attract more potential workers. 2. An inter-agency coalition be developed comprised of departments of Medicaid, Aging, and Developmental Disabilities. We advocated that representation be present from the Department of Labor, Department of Education, providers, and consumers of services as well. We also met with Scott Partika who is with Governor DeWine’s office. Our message was well received by all and we intend to keep communication open with legislators and the Governor’s office until the crisis improves.
I understand how bad this crisis is on a number of levels. I wish I could magically change the state of the direct care workforce situation, but I cannot. SIL will continue its advocacy efforts in this area. If you have questions or needs to talk about your situation, feel free to call me at (216) 731-1529 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.