RYV! Community Attendant Workforce

4 minute read

This session took place Aug. 26, 2020 2:00 - 3:00 pm CST

Recording

In this session, CTD Executive Director Dennis Borel and Cathy Cranston of the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas (PACT) went into detail about our 2021 plans for raising the hourly wage of community attendants.

Run time: 34:49

Full transcript (.txt file, will prompt you to download in new window)

Submitting Comments

Background: Right now, Chair Sarah Davis of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services is requesting information from Texans. Your response to the Legislature’s action in 2019 to raise attendant base wages by 11 cents per hour will tell the committee what you think. This can be the basis for more attention in 2021.

Specific Request: Interim Charge #1: impact of funding to increase the base wage for attendant services (11 cents per hour in 2019).

Guidelines for submitting your comments

Participant feedback

Poll #1: Your community care concerns

from 30 total responding

Poll #2: How did this go?

from 33 total responding

Agenda

Times are very approximate. CARTS provided.

1:30 Zoom Room opens for new Zoom users to check their tech, get oriented

2:00 Tech Intro: Some accessibility notes, review of features we'll be using (all participants enter room muted, with video off, please stay muted until we go into breakouts)

2:05 Sponsor Welcome: CDS in Texas

2:10 Zoom Poll: Your Concerns about Attendant Care

2:15 Who is CTD, What is Raise Your Voice!

2:20 Our 2021 Priorities: Raising the Wages of Community Attendants, with Cathy Cranston of the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas

The following table was referenced in this section

Texas Fastest Growing Occupations

Occupational Title Annual Average Employment 2014 Annual Average Employment 2024 Number Change 2014-2024 Percent Growth 2014
2024
Annual Openings due to
Growth
Annual Wage 2015
1. Personal Care Aides 197,590 247,460 76,870 38.9% 7,685 $17,991
2. Cooks, Restaurant 88,320 124,570 36,250 41.0% 3,625 $23,043
3. Home Health Aides 63,550 88,710 25,160 39.6% 2,515 $19,950
4. Nurse Practitioners 8,090 11,970 3,880 48.0% 390 $105,221
5. Operations Research Analysts 7,980 11,570 3,590 45.0% 360 $84,228
6. Physical Therapist Assistants 6,110 8,760 2,650 43.4% 265 $72,818
7. Physician Assistants 5,960 8,510 2,550 42.8% 255 $99,573
8. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 4,570 6,650 2,080 45.5% 210 $74,638
9. Interpreters & Translators 4,860 6,930 2,070 42.6% 205 $50,979
10. Cardiovascular Technologists & Technicians 4,570 6,530 1,960 42.9% 195 $53,879

2:35 Your Voice: Submitting Comments to the House Appropriations Committee

  1. draft comments on your own
  2. give and receive feedback in breakout groups
  3. how to submit your comment to HAC (detailed instructions above)

2:55 Zoom Poll: Your thoughts about this session

3:00 Wrap up and next steps

Thank you...

to all who joined us, and shared your concerns & stories, as well as guided us on how to do these sessions better. We hope to see you in an upcoming session! Also thanks to Cathy Cranston from PACT and Marjorie Costello from Disability Services of the Southwest for joining us. Finally, thanks to all our sponsors!

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