Minimum Wage Rate Adjustment
Dear Westside Regional Center Service Providers,
Effective January 1, 2018, the state of California’s Minimum Wage will increase.
For providers who have 26 or more employees the Minimum Wage will increase from $10.50 to $11.00 per hour. For providers who have fewer than 26 employees, the Minimum Wage will increase from $10.00 to $10.50.
Please see below a letter from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) that outlines the procedures for all service providers. If you receive a rate letter from the DDS (Respite, Licensed Day Programs, WAP), you must complete the process outlined in the letter and submit the required forms to DDS. ARM Level Residential Rates have already been calculated by DDS and are attached to the DDS letter.
If you have a Negotiated Rate or Median Rate, you must complete the spread sheet that is attached to this email: MW 2018 Adjustment – Negotiated Rate Adjustment. Providers must provide payroll records to WRC for the months used in completing the form.
Send required information to WRC via email: Min-Wage-Request@WestsideRC.org
Rate adjustment requests must be submitted no later than March 1, 2018. Any rate adjustments approved will be effective January 1, 2018.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact your assigned WRC QA Specialist or Mary Lou Weise-Stusser, WRC Community Services Director.
From CA DDS webpage:
Due to the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 3, minimum wage in California will increase from $10.50 to $11.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2018, for employers with 26 or more employees, and from $10.00 to $10.50 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees. Regional center vendors affected by this change may be eligible to receive a rate adjustment in order to pay employees the new minimum wage.
Who May Qualify?
The process for requesting a rate adjustment described here is only applicable to the following types of programs and services: Community-Based Day Programs, In-Home Respite Agencies, and Work Activity Programs. Vendors of other types of services should review the page linked below for more information on rate adjustments due to the increased minimum wage.
Before You Begin:
If you are a provider of the services identified above and you answer “Yes” to all questions below, this process applies to your program. If you answer “No” to all questions, visit the Rate Changes Due to the January 1, 2018, Minimum Wage Increase webpage for more information.
- Is your program vendored by a regional center to provide services under service codes 505, 510, 515, 520, 525, 805, 862 and/or 954?
- In-Home Respite Agencies:
- Do you employ 26 or more employees and are you paying less than $11.00 per hour, or less than $11.81 per hour?
- Do you employ 25 or less employees and are you paying less than $10.50 per hour, or less $11.31 per hour?
Instructions and Workbook:
The workbooks below should be used by applicable vendors to submit rate adjustment requests to the Department. Detailed instructions are contained in the tabs that precede the worksheets. Due to the respite worker wage enhancement authorized in Welfare and Institutions Code 4690.2(b)(2), there are two workbooks. One is for vendors of Community-Based Day Programs and Work Activity Programs, and the other is for In-Home Respite Agencies, as specified below. Rate adjustment requests must be submitted no later than March 1, 2018. Any rate adjustments approved will be effective January 1, 2018.
For Community-Based Day Programs and Work Activity Programs:
- 2018 Minimum Wage Rate Adjustment Request Workbook – Community-Based Day and Work Activity Programs (MS Excel)
For In-Home Respite Agencies:
DDS Contact Information:
California Department of Developmental Services
Rates and Fiscal Support Section
Phone: (916) 654-2300