DDS Rate Study Implementation

DDS Rate Study and Implementation


As required by Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 4519.8, the Department of Developmental Services (Department) submitted a service provider rate study to the Legislature in March 2019. Subsequently, the Department received comments from hundreds of stakeholders. With the release of the Governor’s Budget on January 10, 2020, the Department has posted below a summary of comments received, along with the Department’s responses to these comments and any necessary and appropriate changes to rate models contained in the rate study.  More information 

Next Steps

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 fully funded rate models for each provider type by July 1, 2025.  These include rate increases beginning in the 2021-22 fiscal year and will include a quality incentive program to create an enhanced person-centered, outcomes-based system.

Rate Study FAQs


Rate Adjustment/Rate Study Implementation

Informational Meetings for Providers

The Department of Developmental Services has announced webinars on the implementation of rate changes approved in the budget act earlier this year and to be implemented by the regional centers.


November 9 | 3:30-5:00pm |  Please register in advance

November 10 | 9:00-10:30am |  Please register in advance

November 15 | 1:00-2:30pm |  Please register in advance


DDS Rate Survey 2019


General Information

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. B&A developed draft rate models. B&A and DDS presented the draft rate models and related assumptions at briefing sessions, and the  Rate Study Report in March 15, 2019.