DSP WEEK 2018
Happy Friday! We truly hope our direct care staff enjoyed DSP Appreciation Week over the past five days. I know many of you won some great prizes. We had treats for everyone at the office all week and yesterday the admin staff delivered goody baskets to all of the programs. Many of our give-aways came from generous donations from Cross Insurance, Anthem, MetLife, Dennison’s Auto Care, Massage Envy, The Home Depot, and MEMIC. Stop by the office today and see what treats we have at the DSP “appreciation station.”
We have one last surprise for all of our DSPs and PMs. After a decade of constant cuts, as a result of literally years of advocating for increased funding for developmental services, our collective efforts have paid off. The Maine legislature finally heard our call and voted on a budget that would allow us to increase wages for direct care staff. GMS has always been one of the highest paying agencies in Maine for DSPs, and we are committed to keeping our wages highly competitive. Over the last year we gave two across-the-board wage increases for DSPs. The first was .50 cents and the most recent was .25 cents. We’ve been able to do this as a result of fiscal responsibility and lean administrative costs. Today, I am thrilled to announce that GMS will be increasing DSP hourly wages by $1.00! That’s right. As of the next pay period, all DSPs and PMs will receive a $1.00 per hour pay increase!
What do we ask from you in return? Demonstrate your commitment to our mission: Improving the quality of life of the individuals we serve by supporting their independence. Be a positive member of whatever team you’re on. Be part of solutions. Talk with your supervisor about how you can improve your performance and further your career goals. Talk with your supervisor or a member of the senior administrative team about how you can help make GMS the best place to work. Ask yourself daily, “Did I do my best?” We are a growing agency with frequent job opportunities and we’re always looking for the right internal candidate. We want YOU on Team GMS for a long time!
Our executive director, Ann-Marie Mayberry, started her career at GMS nearly 30 years ago as a DSP. Every director and department head at GMS started out working in direct care. We all know your job well and we all appreciate YOU!
I also want to remind everyone about our DSP level system. All of our DSPs have the opportunity to increase their pay through training compliance and longevity with the agency. Please SComm or email me with questions about this.
Thank you and have a great weekend!
Director of Human Resources
To assist individuals integrating into the community, thereby enhancing the diversity of our community and the quality of life for each consumer. We provide them with a safe environment that is productive, enjoyable and respectful of their needs. Our goal is accomplished by obtaining and training a professional workforce who embodies knowledge and promotes teaching by spreading tolerance and understanding of all people’s varying abilities.
Our Core Values
- Understanding and respect
- Growth and learning
- Quality services, equal opportunity and a safe environment
- A team-based approach to services and meeting goals
- Community integration
As consumers’ needs and desires change, GMS will be there to design programs that enhance, support and teach through knowledge, respect and dignity.
Commonly Requested Forms
- W4 Federal Tax Form
You must complete this form to set the number of deductions and additional withholding amount, if applicable. You may also adjust your federal withholding at any time throughout your employment.
- W4 Maine Tax Form
You must complete this form to set the number of deductions and additional withholding amount, if applicable. You may also adjust your state withholding at any time throughout your employment.
- Direct Deposit Form
Attach verification of banking information
- Address-Phone Number Update
- GMS Employee Handbook
- Health Insurance Information
- College of Direct Support training information and website
- Paid Time Off
- Holiday Calendar
- How to print your pay stubs: Bangor Self Service
- Family Medical Leave Act
- Worker Compensation
You must let you supervisor and Matt Giesecke, HR Director, know as soon as there is an injury at the workplace. This form will need to be filled out as soon as possible and sent to Matt Giesecke
- IT Support