Minimum Wage – 2023

Rate Changes Due to the Minimum Wage Increase – January 1, 2023

Due to the enactment of Senate Bill (SB) 3, the California minimum wage increased to $15.50 per hour, effective January 1, 2023, for all employers. As a result, a number of regional center vendors may be eligible for a rate adjustment in order to pay employees the new minimum wage.

Please note that the rate adjustment effective January 1, 2023 (reflecting 50% of the difference between March 31, 2022 rates and benchmark rate models) and the statewide minimum wage adjustment will be calculated separately, with the exception of Community Care Facilities (see below for more information). These adjustments are independent of each other and will be additive if a vendor qualifies for both.

Which Providers/Services Are Eligible?

All providers of services with rates established in the following ways may be eligible for a rate adjustment:

a. Rates set by the Department of Developmental Services (Department); b. Rates set by regional centers through negotiation; c. Rates established in Regulation.

How Will Rates Be Adjusted?

This depends on how the service rate was set initially.

Rates Set by the Department

  • Community-Based Day, In-Home Respite Agencies, and Work Activity Programs, may request a rate adjustment from the Department if any employee is paid less than the new minimum wage.
  • Community Care Facilities – The updated Alternative Residential Model (ARM) rate schedule, effective January 1, 2023  can be found on the Rates by Regional Center page. Select the Regional Center and corresponding adult or children’s Community Care Facility rate schedule. Providers with ARM rates do not need to submit rate adjustment requests. The minimum wage increase has been factored into the updated rate schedules.

Rates Set by Regional Centers through Negotiation:

  • Rates for a variety of services are set through negotiation between providers and regional centers. Providers with rates set in this manner may negotiate a rate adjustment with the regional center, if applicable to the new minimum wage increase. Providers should contact their local regional center for more information on submitting rate adjustment requests.

Rates Established in Regulation:

For rates established in regulations please refer to the vendor rates page.

In-Home Respite Agencies may be eligible for a rate adjustment if they pay respite workers in excess of the new minimum wage requirements in compliance with the wage enhancement authorized in Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 4690.2(b)(2).

Where Can I Get More Information?

Instructions & Workbook

The following are instructions for programs vendored with regional centers under service codes 505, 510, 515, 520, 525, 805, 862 and/or 954. For all other service codes refer back to your regional center.

The workbooks below should be used by applicable vendors to submit rate adjustment requests to the Department. Detailed instructions are contained in the tabs that precede the worksheets. Due to the respite worker wage enhancement authorized in Welfare and Institutions Code 4690.2(b)(2), there are two workbooks under each category. One is for vendors of Community-Based Day Programs and Work Activity Programs, and the other is for In-Home Respite Agencies, as specified below. Rate adjustment requests must be submitted no later than March 1, 2023. Any rate adjustments approved will be effective January 1, 2023.

If you provided ONLY traditional services OR if you provided both traditional and alternative services in the year 2022 review period, please use these workbooks.

For Community-Based Day Programs and Work Activity Programs

For In-Home Respite Agencies

If you provided ONLY alternative services in the year 2022 review period, please use these workbooks.

For Community-Based Day Programs and Work Activity Programs

For In-Home Respite Agencies


Past Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage – January 1, 2022


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Last modified: January 23, 2023