Direct support roles save lives, ensure valued participation in the community, provide employment supports and more. These jobs require professional training as well as precise compliance with specific policies and procedures established by the state and federal governments. We need to ensure that raising the minimum wage does not have negative unintended consequences such as lowering the value of other workers. Yes, raise the minimum wage and increase the rates for wages of direct support staff. It's the right thing to do, but that's not enough.