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
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.
Harbor Regional Center (HRC) has been working in conjunction with
the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the
consultants HMA-Burns on updating rates based on the
comprehensive vendor rate study conducted addressing the
sustainability, quality, and transparency of community-based
services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
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.