April 30, 2024

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SAN ANTONIO, TX – Writing in the San Antonio Report this week, community leader and local attorney Henry B. Gonzalez III urged state leaders to step up and deliver a much-needed raise for community-based direct support professionals (DSPs) who serve Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Gonzalez detailed the daily tasks of the unsung heroes of the Texas workforce, who – for less than the average fast food employee – take on the important responsibility of caring for vulnerable Texans:

Henry B. Gonzalez III

Highlighting the state’s $18 billion budget surplus, Gonzalez pushed state leaders to deliver emergency funding to stem the immediate crisis facing community-based DSPs working in group homes throughout Texas, which are witnessing an unsustainable trend of staff vacancies due to insufficient wages:

To read Gonzalez’s full opinion piece in the San Antonio Report, please click here.