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Dear Clients, Parents, Employees, and Community Partners:
Direct support professionals’ wages is this year’s hot topic. In April On My Own participated in a Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Summit sponsored by the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP). The summit included Executives from around the state and direct service professionals from each participating agency. The purpose of the summit was to garner political movement and strategies for California’s direct support professional work force.
We have one gaping discrepancy; the disability industry is literally unrecognized in the National Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Because our direct support professionals are not identifiable in the BLS reporting, it is difficult for our industry to fight for professional wages because there are no comparable positions. On My Own is committed to a yearlong planning group. We will be represented by myself, one of our managers, and two of our DSP’s. Our goal is to help develop strategic framework on how to professionalize our workforce in California.
I believe the Developmental/Intellectual Disability (DD/ID) system needs to become an attractive option for employees to establish a career path, similar to Nursing, Psychiatry, Education, and Social Work. These professions have entry level starting points, with an outlined educational path, career ladder, and continuing education requirements. We only want the same for our profession. To learn more about our movement, please feel free to contact me.
Dear Clients, Families and Community Partners:
I just wanted to take this time to thank all of you for your support to On My Own. The word of mouth referrals and collaboration have allowed us to add new team members. Each person brings a fresh energy and new ideas. We are also pleased with the changes we have made within our departments and programs this year. I walk into the office every day and feel so blessed to have such a hardworking, fun and dedicated group of people who truly want the best for our clients and our employees. The culture here is like nothing I ever experienced before, and I owe that to all of you. We have been in business since 2001 and have employees now who have been with us 16-17 years! Our 15, 10 and 5 year Anniversary dinner is around the corner and we look forward to honoring all of you who have stuck with us this long. Great job!
As for company news, we decided to switch to a newer, more robust payroll system called ADP. It has been many months of team planning and strategizing but we should be up and running by the end of the year. This will be so nice for our employees to have access to their payroll information. In other news, On My Own Community Services is expanding into a new Vocational Day Program and our North Bay region is also adding vocational services which will include Job Development, Job Coaching, and Vocational Assessments. These programs should start by next year.
Lastly, we have several committees that meet regularly to address issues that impact our clients, employees, or the company. The committees are:
- Recruitment and Retention
I welcome ideas or suggestions you have for the committees.
Till next time, have a great rest of the year!