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Provider Rate Study

Following at the end of this are the presentations that have been shared at rate study meetings for Lanterman service providers. They are broken down into type of service provided.

Regional Center Specific Rate Models
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Rate Study Fiscal Impact
The anticipated total cost of implementing the rate study recommendations is $1.8 billion (Total Fund), which is about $1.1 billion (General Fund) annually. Here is a link to the anticipated fiscal impact by service code ( ).
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Rate Study Submitted by DDS to Legislature on March 15
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) submitted the rate study on the provision of community-based services for individuals with developmental disabilities to the California Legislature on March 15.

The rate study includes four parts:

  • Part 1 summarizes the various methodologies for establishing rates for home and community-based services and outlines current rates and methodologies in California.
  • Part 2 provides an overview of the study, including the project’s timeline, principles adopted to guide the study, and data sources used to inform rates.
  • Part 3 covers the major components of the rate models, including direct care worker wages, benefits and productivity, indirect costs such as program operations and provider administrative costs, and adjustments to account for regional cost differences.
  • Part 4 provides a summary of the rate study results.

View a PDF copy of the rate study report

View the cover letter submitted to the Legislature.

The rate study report and links to supporting documents are also posted on the DDS website at

Eyes on the Prize: A Note to VAC Representatives to Rate Study Presentation
The actual statute (W&I 4519.8) addressing the rate study accompanies this note. Please read it carefully. The key elements have been highlighted to focus our attention on the true purpose and deliverables we need to keep in mind. The essential purpose of this study and proposals for a new rate system is to establish the most cost-effective way to ensure that high quality services are available to all consumers of regional center services whatever their specific service needs may be and wherever they may live within the State of California.