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I am increasingly apprehensive and concerned over the implications of the new Sick and FMLA Benefit – we simply must have our residential direct support professional staff exempt from this new benefit. The health and well-being of the individuals we serve and support is dependent on this exemption. We provide support to those who have intellectual, physical and mental disabilities, and most require assistance with daily life activities. These include, but are not limited to, bathing, dressing, cooking, feeding, and the administering of medications. The unfortunate truth is that most of the individuals served are in an extremely vulnerable and fragile state, and will be deprived of valuable life-sustaining care because our direct support staff will be opting to take paid leave.

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Idea No. 2471