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.
Regional Centers are funded by dollars allocated by the state of California through the State’s annual budget process. These dollars come from a variety of state and federal sources and fund both regional center operations and the purchase of services for clients and families.
Budgets for the 21 regional centers and the Department of Developmental Services, which operate on a fiscal year cycle of July through June of each year, are proposed by the Governor and approved by the Legislature and ultimately the Governor. Actual allocations depend on a variety of factors, including the total amount of dollars available, identified needs for all state-funded programs, and any new initiatives that are being proposed.
The following articles and links provide an overview of adopted budgets and updates to budget developments when available.
California Disability Community Action Network (CDCAN) Alerts and Reports
This network provides updates direct from Sacramento on many aspects of our service system, including budget and legislative issues. This information can be accessed on the CDCAN Web site at www.cdcan.us.
Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA)
The statewide Association of the 21 regional centers provides a wide range of information about the centers, including budgetary and advocacy efforts. Information is available on the ARCA Web site at www.arcanet.org.
Information posted in this category will relate to the actual budget, the budget trailer bill and budget act, as well as communications released from the governor’s office, the Senate, the Assembly and the Department of Developmental Services.
Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
Visit www.dds.ca.gov/Budget/Home.cfm for all budget-related news from DDS.
Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO)
The LAO is an arm of the Legislature that impartially reviews and assesses the impact of proposed legislation and budgets. Visit www.lao.ca.gov for all budget-related news from the LAO.
Visit www.ebudget.ca.gov for all budget-related material from the governor’s office.