Assembly Bill 79 Rate Increase

General Information

Chapter 11, Statutes of 2020 (AB 79, Committee on Budget and Human Services Omnibus), provided the Department of Developmental Services with time-limited funding to provide rate increases for specified services effective January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. The rate increases shall be suspended at the end of this period unless certain conditions, specified in AB 79, apply. Federal approval for matching funds was obtained on January 14th, 2021.

Pursuant to Chapter 76, Statutes of 2021 (AB 136, Committee on Budget and Developmental Services), Welfare and Institutions (W&I) Code section 4691.12 was amended to remove language regarding the suspension of rate increases at the end of the effective period, making these rate increases permanent.

Federal Approval

As required by AB 79, federal approval for matching funds was obtained on January 14th, 2021.

New Provider Rates Effective January 1, 2021

Effective January 1, 2021, the following specified service codes will receive an increase:

  • Service Code 116: Early Start Specialized Therapeutic Services; 5% rate increase
  • Service Code 520: Independent Living Programs; 8.2% rate increase
  • Service Code 805: Infant Development Programs; 8.2% rate increase

New Rates Set by the Department

For updated rate schedule please refer to the reimbursement rates page.


Last modified: April 11, 2024