Late Friday, March 15, the California Department of Developmental Services released the regional center provider rate study, as required by the state Legislature. The independent study was the result of a comprehensive review of services and supports for Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and concluded that an additional $1.8 billion dollars should be spent by the state to ensure adequate access to services.
The full report can be found at the following link: http://www.burnshealthpolicy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/DDS-Vendor-Rate-Study-Report.pdf
Projected increases and decreases by service code can be found at the following link: http://www.burnshealthpolicy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Attachment-5-Fiscal-Impact-Analysis.pdf
Despite the proposed funding increase, it is yet unknown how much of the $1.8 billion the Legislature and Governor are willing to invest this year. Additionally, there is significant complexity with the proposal, including necessary policy changes and unforeseen consequences of some services possibly receiving significant increases and others significant decreases. The Arc & UCP California Collaborative will continue to advocate for adequate funding to keep the promise of the Lanterman Act for quality supports for people with I/DD throughout California.
Jordan Lindsey, Executive Director, The Arc of California