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Rate Study


Pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 4519.8, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is required to submit a rate study addressing the sustainability, quality, and transparency of community-based services for individuals with developmental disabilities to the Legislature by March 1, 2019. To assist with this effort, DDS contracted with health-policy consulting firm Burns & Associates, Inc. to conduct the rate study with DDS oversight. An overview of the rate study including project principles and tasks, as well as information on Burns & Associates, Inc., is available here.


To inform the rate study, Burns & Associates, Inc. is conducting a provider survey to collect data regarding providers' service delivery designs and costs. Because the survey will provide critical information to help inform the rate study, it is important that as many providers as possible respond to the survey, even if they are only able to provide some of the information requested. Service providers were previously asked to return the survey by July 6, 2018, however the survey due date has been extended to August 3, 2018.

All providers of services included in the rate study are encouraged to complete the survey. A list of all services included in the rate study is available here.

The survey and instructions, including instructional webinars, and contact information for technical assistance is available here.


The survey is just one component of the overall rate study that must be submitted to the Legislature by March 1, 2019. The rate study will also incorporate other information, including but not limited to costs for comparable services provided outside the regional center system, to help in developing recommendations for proposed rate models. The outcome of these efforts, including findings and draft recommendations, will be presented to the Developmental Services Task Force for review and comment before the final rate study is submitted to the Legislature.



Technical Support:

Burns & Associates, Inc.
Email: DDSProviderSurvey@burnshealthpolicy.com
Telephone: (602) 241-8515

General Information and Assistance:

Department of Developmental Services
Email: vendorsurvey@dds.ca.gov
Telephone: (916) 654-2300

Service providers may also contact their local regional center for information and assistance.

Last Updated: 6/11/2018