Caregivers For Disabled To See Pay Increase Under Proposal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Caregivers for Ohio residents with developmental disabilities could see a higher paycheck under a state-budget proposal.

The Columbus Dispatch reports pay for home care workers would increase 11 percent over the next two years to $12.38 an hour.

Jeff Davis, director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, says the disabilities system is facing a workforce crisis, with turnover rates nearing 60 percent.

The base reimbursement rate for Medicaid-covered home and personal service would rise to $22 an hour by 2021 as part of the budget plan. The hourly reimbursement rate for overnight services would also increase, from $6.09 to $8.55 an hour.

Adam Herman, spokesman for the state Association of County Boards of Development Disabilities, says the proposal will be the first “meaningful increase” in wages in 14 years.