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Update on Release of Final Rate Study Report

Post Date:March 04, 2019

Updated 3/08/2019:

The Department of Developmental Services anticipates release of the Rate Study report on March 15, 2019 and has extended the comment period through April 5,2019. The ELARC Vendor Advisory Committee and the ELARC Community Services will be hosting Rate Study Tech Assistance Sessions. Please view the flyer here for further details.

Regional Centers have been assigned to collect public comments from their regional center's vendor community, families, consumers, and interested parties. The comment template can be accessed here. The template is a fillable form that must be saved on your computer before emailing it to us. Please email the form to Brendali Maldonado. Comments must be submitted to ELARC no later than 2:00 pm on April 5, 2019 for a consolidated submittal to Burns & Associates, Inc. by ELARC. Be specific and you may provide supporting documentation as applicable. 


Posted 3/04/19: The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) continues to finalize the rate study addressing the delivery of community-based services for individuals with developmental disabilities. While the draft rate models and methodologies presented this week to the Developmental Services Task Force and other stakeholders are available online, the formal written report will not be delivered to the Legislature on March 1 as originally planned. 

The detailed materials from this week’s rate study briefing sessions are available on the Burns & Associates website and include:

  • A presentation outlining the rate study’s methodology and results. A webinar of this presentation and the draft rate models will be available next week.
  • Draft rate models detailing specific assumptions related to direct care worker wages, benefits and productivity as well as mileage, program operations, overhead costs and other factors.
  • A report describing the methodologies used to establish regional cost adjustment factors.

DDS welcomes comments on the rate study models and has posted instructions and a template, along with an FAQ about the public comment process and rate study briefings.

Additional information regarding the rate study is available on both the DDS and Burns & Associates websites.