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MW Rate Adjustment

Dear Vendors,

Effective January 1, 2016, the minimum wage in California increased from $9.00/hour to $10.00/hour.  Service Providers are eligible to apply for rate increases to adjust employees pay to comply with the new minimum wage.

Providers whose rates are established by DDS (Community Based Day Programs and Work Activity Programs must submit their request(s) on the DDS website –  Please go to that page and complete the workbooks.  These workbooks must be sent to DDS no later than March 31, 2016.  A copy of the workbook(s) should be sent to the vendoring regional center.

Providers with the following rates:

Alternative Residential Model (ARM) rates/respite facilities – New rates can be found in the DDS Letter click here.

In-Home Respite Agencies – DDS will revise these rates and send copies of the new cost statement to the service provider and the vendoring regional center

In-Home Respite Worker (service code 864) – New rate effective January 1, 2016 is $13.10/hour

Voucher and Participant-Directed Respite (service code 420 and 465) – New rate effective January 1, 2016 is $13.10/hour

Non-Mobile Supplemental Staffing – New rate is $1.20 per client hour.

Providers with rates set through negotiation by regional centers:

If your rate has been set by the Westside Regional Center, you must complete the attached workbook(s), click here,  and return them to Westside Regional Center with back-up documentation of one business quarter to document the items that you provided in your workbook(s), such as, payroll register with wage rate, EDD DE9c, worker’s comp insurance employee classification code, etc.  This documentation must be included with your submission of your workbook(s) or it cannot be processed.  Your information must be received by March 31, 2016.

Remember, only report those employees who are making less than $10.00 per hour.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Mary Lou Weise-Stusser, MA
Director, Community Services