TAKE ACTION: Contact Chairwoman Fletcher Now, Ask for Support of AB279
Write, fax or e-mail Chairwoman Fletcher now, and ask for support of AB279. This bill will allow DDS and regional centers to adjust provider reimbursement rates to rates higher than the State's minimum wage so service providers can comply with city and county minimum wage increases and continue providing services in local communities with higher wage requirements. The Committee votes April 25.
Step 1: Download the sample letter.
Step 2: Fill in the letter with your information.
Step 3: Send the letter to Chairwoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher via:
Honorable Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
Chair of Assembly Appropriations Committee
Capitol Office, Room 2114
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0080
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Why Is This Important?
As California service providers forecast for the future, it is important they continue fighting for funding for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Currently, service providers are reimbursed by the regional centers at rates determined by the California Legislature. Rates can be increased to meet state minimum wage requirements, but not for city or county minimum wage requirements.
With the minimum wage in Pasadena going up to $13.25 an hour in 2018, in contrast to the $11 an hour mandated by California, current reimbursement rates will create a significant shortfall. Many service providers have already closed their doors and more will follow if there is no change, leaving thousands of people without much needed resources.
Service providers are grateful to Assemblymember Chris Holden, who has sponsored Assembly Bill (AB) 279 to address this problem. The bill will allow the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and regional centers to adjust reimbursement rates to comply with city and county minimum wage increases. The bill passed through the Human Services Committee vote on March 7 and will now be voted on by the Appropriations Committee on April 25. If it passes, it will be presented as part of the State Budget Revision in May.