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.
What is the ABLE Act?
Do you or a loved one have a developmental disability? Ever wished you could save more money without losing your federal benefits? Now you can.
The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act makes it possible for people with developmental disabilities to have up to $100,000 in savings at any time - and to put away $14,000 a year towards that limit - without losing access to important federal supports.
ABLE in California
Here in California, this program is being done by CalABLE. Accounts should be available by summer 2017.
The California State Treasurer's Web site has a list of upcoming CalABLE-sponsored events or events where representatives from CalABLE will be on-hand to answer questions about the program. View the list of upcoming presentations/events
Learn More About CalABLE and ABLE in General
To help you learn more about ABLE accounts, there are various resources available. With them, you can get started on the road to increased savings, improved financial security, and achieving a better life experience.
- Official fact sheet from CalABLE
- Watch a recent webinar hosted by CalABLE
- CalABLE Facebook page, Twitter account, and mailing list
- History and details of the bill, with a federal perspective, from the National Down Syndrome Society
- Status of state programs across the country, from The Arc (national)
- The ABLE National Resource Center, from the National Disability Institute