DSP Wage Increases in 2024 lisadanford January 3, 2024

DSP Wage Increases in 2024

Ohio’s new state budget makes a historic investment in the developmental disabilities system. This latest budget will increase hourly pay for direct support professionals in 2024.

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are critical to people with developmental disabilities. Many DSPs provide services or care in a person’s home or the community.

Beginning on Jan. 1 and again on July 1, disability service providers can bill at significantly higher Medicaid reimbursement rates. These rate increases are expected to lead directly to higher pay for DSPs.

Will I get a raise?

It is ultimately up to each employer (agency provider) to determine how they use the increased reimbursement rates. Actual wages for DSPs vary by employer and depend on a variety of factors.

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) pays a set rate to a Medicaid provider to deliver a Medicaid service. It does not set a specific wage for specific employees.

Agency providers will be required to submit wage and compensation data annually. When rate increases are fully implemented, the statewide average wage of DSPs is expected to be at least $18 per hour.

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Where can I find more information?

For additional details, see this memo from Ohio DODD or the FAQ documents below.

I am a DSP – what does the rate increase mean to me?

I am a provider – what does the rate increase mean to me?


Read more about Ohio’s budget priorities for the developmental disabilities system in this note from Superintendent Leia Snyder.