Rate Study Implementation

Pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 4519.8, the Department of Developmental Services (Department) submitted a rate study addressing the sustainability, quality, and transparency of community-based services for individuals with developmental disabilities to the Legislature in March 2019. Chapter 76, Statutes of 2021 (AB 136, Committee on Budget and Developmental Services) added Welfare and Institutions Code section 4519.10 specifying the timeline for implementation of the rate models proposed in the rate study.

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Rate Implementation Timeline

  • Effective April 1, 2022, the department shall implement a rate increase for service providers that equals one-quarter of the difference between current rates and the fully-funded rate model for each provider.
  • Effective July 1, 2023, and continuing through the 2024-25 fiscal year, the department shall adjust rates to equal one-half of the difference between rates in effect March 31, 2022, and the fully-funded rate model for each provider, and additional funding shall be available for the quality incentive program described in subdivision (e).
  • Commencing July 1, 2025, the department shall implement the fully-funded rate models using two payment components, a base rate equaling 90 percent of the rate model, and a quality incentive payment, equaling up to 10 percent of the rate model, to be implemented through the quality incentive program described in subdivision (e).

Rate Models and Rates

Rate models by Regional Center have been updated with cost components as of February 2022 from the prior rate models published in January 2020. Rate models were developed to reflect costs that providers incur in the delivery of services. These rate models were used to calculate the rate adjustment effective April 1, 2022.

Rate Implementation Forms and Directions

Rates for Providers Serving Consumers from Multiple Regional Centers

Providers may have multiple rates for the same service when services are provided in multiple regional center catchment areas. The attachment here identifies which service codes use rates from the user or vendoring regional center.

Rate Review Process

Providers who believe there is an error in the rate calculation may submit the rate review form to their Regional Center no later than 60 days after receiving their rates.

Service Detail Collection Forms

If you have received a Service Detail Collection Form and have questions about how to complete it, please refer to the following instructions. Submit your completed worksheet for existing vendorizations to your Regional Center.

Contact Information

E-mail: ratesquestions@dds.ca.gov


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Last modified: May 12, 2022