The State of California minimum wage increases to $12.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $11.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees on January 1, 2019. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has been allocated additional funds by the Legislature for dissemination to service providers to meet the increased minimum wage mandate. It is important to note that the funds allocated by DDS are solely to meet a service provider's costs to increase employee/staff wages to $12.00 per hour (or $11.00 per hour based on the number of employees) and the associated mandated costs (i.e. Social Security, Medicare and workers’ compensation). Please click on the link below to read the letter from DDS, then click on the Workbook link to complete your request for a rate adjustment. SPECIAL NOTE: Only one rate adjustment request per workbook. You must submit one workbook for each vendor number. If a vendor number has multiple rates that are impacted by the minimum wage increase, you must submit one workbook for each sub-code rate. REMINDER: The deadline to submit is March 1, 2019. Requests submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
Advisor to the Board
Al Marsella, a West Hollywood CPA and business manager, is a founding member of the Los Angeles County Developmental Services Foundation, where he served on the Program Policy Committee. The Foundation is the parent organization that was formed in 1979 when Lanterman Regional Center separated from Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles to become one of the first regional centers in California.
Marsella is the father of Joseph and Mary, two adult children with autism, and considers his wife Beatrice the source of his strength and inspiration for his dedication and commitment to Lanterman.
Over the years, he has remained actively involved with Lanterman, holding a number of positions, including vice-president, secretary, treasurer and president of the board. Currently he is the treasurer. He has also served for many years on the Administrative Affairs Committee. During the period that he was not on the board, Marsella acted as an “Advisor” - a special position reserved for people who have provided extraordinary service both to the Center and the board of directors.
Marsella has served as the chair of the second Lanterman Leadership Forum planning committee, and was instrumental in raising funds to help underwrite this very successful event. In the words of Executive Director Diane Anand: “Because of our complex budget, finances and significant fiduciary responsibilities, we have been privileged to have a financial and business person of Mr. Marsella's caliber and experience giving so generously of his time in service to the board and the Lanterman community.”