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Steve Sweeney. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Sweeney applauds short-term wage increase for caregivers

By Nikita Biryukov, April 30 2020 3:21 pm

Senate President Steve Sweeney applauded a recently-approved temporary wage increase for caregivers responsible for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities Thursday.

“The COVID crisis has created difficult demands for the direct care workers who are on the frontline providing care for those who live with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I understand and value the type of work they do. They are professionals with heart,” Sweeney said. “They deserve this pay increases along with our appreciation for the service they provide to those in need. The dedication, compassion and commitment they have always exhibited is even more important during this pandemic.”

On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced $24 million in state and federal aid would go toward boosting the wages of direct service professionals within the New Jersey Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities providing care for adults with disabilities who live in group homes and supervised apartments.

The raises will take effect on May 1 and persist for three months.

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