Funding Authorized in the Budget’s Provisional Language of 2018 (Bridge Funding for Service Providers)
The 2018 Budget Act provided the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) with one-time funding for service provider rate increases. The Department worked with the Department of Finance, the Developmental Services Task Force, and various stakeholders to determine the methodology for the distribution of these funds.
New Provider Rates Effective May 1, 2020
Consistent with the Budget Act of 2018, effective May 1, 2020 the time-limited 2.1 percent rate increase will expire for providers of community-based day programs, in-home respite agencies, and community care facilities under the alternative residential model located in “high cost” counties. Please see Department’s letter mailed to regional centers on May 11, 2020.
New Rates Set by the Department
DDS met with various stakeholder groups representing service providers, consumers and family members, advocates, regional centers, and legislative staff. The department also convened a public meeting with members of the Developmental Services Task Force on August 29, 2018. During this meeting, DDS presented various scenarios for distributing the funds. An open discussion was held that included options to provide rate increases to providers with the most significant needs in different parts of the State. Materials that were presented in the meeting can be foundhere under the August 29, 2018 heading.
Provider Rates Effective May 1, 2019
Effective May 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020, the providers of community-based day programs, in-home respite agencies, and community care facilities under the alternative residential model in “high cost” counties received a 2.1 percent time limited rate increase. “High cost” counties are those with an average weekly wage of $900 or higher per the US Bureau of Labor Statistics data for the 4th quarter of 2017. For specific information on the vendor rate changes, including how rates were adjusted and which vendors are affected, please see the Department’s letter mailed to regional centers on April 30, 2019
Last modified: May 11, 2020