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.
Initial 2,500 Self-Determination Participants Selected
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has announced that the initial 2,500 participants for the Self-Determination Program were selected.
Clients can find out if they were one of the 2,500 people selected to participate by entering their Unique Client Identifier number at www.dds.ca.gov/SDPverification/index.cfm. DDS will also mail notification letters to all applicants to communicate their selection status. And clients can also contact Lanterman.
Those who were not selected initially to participate will remain on the list for subsequent selections if some of the initial 2,500 choose not to enroll or discontinue in the program. The Department will continue to collect and add names of those interested in the program for subsequent selections.
Visit www.dds.ca.gov/SDP/SDPUpdates.cfm for updated information on the program.
The Self-Determination Program is based on beliefs that people:
- Plan their own lives and make their own decisions
- Determine how funding is spent for their services and supports
- Plan and choose their own formal and informal supports
- Take responsibility for the decisions made
- Validate those decisions through maintaining ongoing control
The five principles of self-determination are:
- Freedom to exercise the same rights as all citizens; to establish, with freely chosen supports, family and friends, where they want to live, with whom they want to live, how their time will be occupied, and who supports them;
- Authority to control a budget in order to purchase services and supports of their choosing;
- Support, including the ability to arrange resources and personnel, which will allow flexibility to live in the community of their choice;
- Responsibility, which includes the opportunity to take responsibility for making decisions in their own lives and accept a valued role in their community, and,
- Confirmation, in making decisions in their own lives by designing and operating the service that they rely on.