Advocacy Alert

Ohio Intermediate Care Facilities (like Flat Rock) are in a workforce crisis and NOW is the time to make your voice heard!

Direct Service Providers (DSP) are vital front-line caregivers to our individuals at Flat Rock and within all ICFs. But due to the low reimbursement provided for DSP wages, it is increasingly difficult to attract and keep these crucial workers.

It is time for the State of Ohio to increase this wage rate and pay its fair share. And your help is needed!

Will you let your voice be heard?

The Ohio House has proposed an increase for DD services in the State budget and we are thankful for their hard work and generosity! But there is still work to be done in the Senate.

Will you reach out to your State of Ohio Senator and ask that they support a significant increase in the 2023 ICF budget line?

Click here for an email/letter template for your local Representatives. Feel free to use this template as is, made edits for your story, or write your own email/letter.

Thank you for letting your voice be heard!

Need to know who your legislators are? Click here to find out.

And if you want more information about this crisis, click here.

Articles regarding this issue:

"Special needs facilities facing critical staffing issues" The Coshocton Tribune

"A Life of Service", Pages 4-5 of the Coshocton County Beacon

And Flat Rock was recently highlighted in a Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune article regarding this issue. Read it here