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Release of Rate Study Report

Release from DDS regarding their rate study report:

From: “Wall, Amy@DDS” <>
Date: March 15, 2019 at 6:20:25 PM PDT
To: “Wall, Amy@DDS” <>
Subject:Release of Rate Study Report

Dear Colleagues,

Today the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) submitted the rate study on the provision of community-based services for individuals with developmental disabilities (available online here) to the California Legislature.

The rate study includes four parts:

·        Part 1 summarizes the various methodologies for establishing rates for home and community-based services and outlines current rates and methodologies in California.

·        Part 2 provides an overview of the study, including the project’s timeline, principles adopted to guide the study, and data sources used to inform rates.

·        Part 3 covers the major components of the rate models, including direct care worker wages, benefits and productivity, indirect costs such as program operations and provider administrative costs, and adjustments to account for regional cost differences.

·        Part 4 provides a summary of the rate study results.

We welcome you to submit public comments on the rate study through April 5, 2019. Comments should be specific and include substantive feedback, such as services identified as missed in development of the rate models or mischaracterized services.

To help streamline the public comment process, Regional Centers, Vendor Advisory Committees and several provider and advocacy organizations will collect input from vendors, families, consumers and other interested parties. These designees will summarize and submit the comments to Burns & Associates, the health care consulting firm that conducted the rate study.

•             The instructions and template for submitting public comments can be found here.

•             The list of designees accepting public comments is available on the DDS website here.

We appreciate your continued collaboration and input on the rate study process.

Thank you,

Amy Wall

Amy Wall

Assistant Director, Developmental Center Closure

Department of Developmental Services

(916) 654-1946 (Direct) | Fax: (916) 654-2167