DDS Rate Study
Rate Study Comments Assistance Sessions
The HRC Service Provider Advisory Committee and Department of Community Services will be hosting sessions to assist service providers to submit public comments regarding the DDS Rate Study. The sessions will be geared toward specific service categories and are as follows:
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Harbor Regional Center
Conference Room A4
21231 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Residential Services
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Day, Employment, & Transportation
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM All Other Services (SLS, Respite, Training, Behavioral Services, Early Intervention Services, etc.)
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 20, 2019 and indicate the session(s) you will attend. Please review the materials referenced below before the session. We suggest that you bring your laptop to access documents and forms at the session.
Burns & Associates (B&A) was contracted by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to conduct the Rate Study. B&A conducted a Service Provider Survey in Spring/Summer 2018. They also conducted a Client & Family Survey in last fall. B&A developed draft rate models. B&A and DDS presented the draft rate models and related assumptions at briefing sessions held on February 28 through March 4, 2019. The Rate Study Report will be released on March 15, 2019. DDS will review public comments accepted through Friday, April 5, 2019 and the Draft Rate Models may be modified as appropriate.
How to Submit Public Comments
Regional Centers have been assigned to collect public comments from their service provider community, clients, families, and interested parties. The comment template can be accessed here.
The template is a fillable form that must be saved on your computer before emailing to us. Please email the form to email@example.com no later than 1:00 PM on April 5, 2019. Please be specific. You may provide supporting documentation if applicable.
Draft Rate Models
Detailed materials from the DDS/B&A briefing sessions are available on the Burns & Associates website (http://www.burnshealthpolicy.com/DDSVendorRates/). The materials include:
- A Presentation outlining the rate study's methodology and results. A webinar will be available the week of March 4th.
- Draft Rate Models detailing specific assumptions related to direct care worker wages, benefits and productivity and other factors. (The report is 2,000+ pages.
Please refer to the Table of Contents to find the page number for your service code/service type.
Residential Services Packet for HRC
Day, Employment and Transportatoin Services Packet for HRC
Behavioral and Professional Support Services for HRC
Personal Supports and Training for HRC
Appendices for HRC
- A Report describing the methodologies used to establish regional center cost adjustment factors.