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July 31 ~ Spots Available for “Bottom Dollars” Screening

The law establishing a federal minimum wage was passed in 1938. However, it included a provision that allowed people with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage. This provision was designed to persuade employers to hire people with disabilities. Instead, people with disabilities were often employed in sheltered workshops earning sub-minimum wage. 79 years later, the sub-minimum wage provision still exists. In 2016, nearly 250,000 people were legally paid less than the minimum wage, on average about $2 an hour.

“Bottom Dollars” is a documentary that explores this issue in detail through personal stories and expert interviews. The SCDD L.A. Office in partnership with the Self-Advocacy Board of Los Angeles County and the Southern California Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) will be hosting a screening of “Bottom Dollars” followed by a panel discussion on Monday, July 31, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the California Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.


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Service Provider ABX2-1 Rate Increase Survey Due 09.15.17

With the enactment of Assembly Bill (ABX2-1) (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016), programs that received a rate increase effective July 1, 2016, for the purpose of increasing wages and/or benefits for staff that spend a minimum of 75 percent of their time providing direct services to clients have a mandated requirement to complete the following survey. 

The Department of Developmental Services (“DDS”), with regional center participation, must survey all service providers who received this rate increase effective July 1, 2016. The mandated survey must be completed no later than Sunday, October 1, 2017. In order to meet this statutory timeline, Lanterman requests that you complete the mandated survey on or before Friday, September 15, 2017.

We request that you complete the mandated survey by registering and logging into the following website links:

Step 1: Service Provider ABX2-1 Portal Registration Link (First Time/New User):

Step 2:  Service Provider ABX2-1 Survey Link (Once registered, Use the following link to login into the portal to complete the survey):

To assist you with completing the mandated survey, webinar trainings will be conducted on the following dates and times:

Webinar Title: ARCA/DDS ABX2-1 Survey Project Training – CA Vendors

Dial-In Number: 877-358-8686

Passcode: 1814233862#

Training Date and Time

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 3 p.m. PST

Friday, August 4, 2017, 1 p.m. PST

Please know that the failure to complete the ABX2-1 rate survey(s) will result in your program(s) forfeiting the ABX2-1 rate increase. Therefore, we highly encourage you to complete the ABX2-1 rate survey by the established timeline above.

Should you have any questions about the ABX2-1 rate increase or need assistance, please contact one of the following Community Services staff:

Eduardo Del Rio, Provider Specialist – 213.252.5698 or
Nellia Lippman, Provider Specialist – 213.252.6002 or
Karen Ingram, Director of Community Services – 213.252.5694 or


City of Los Angeles & Pasadena Providers: Request Rate Adjustment Due to City Minimum Wage Increase

Effective July 1, 2017, the minimum wage in the city of Los Angeles and the city of Pasadena increases to $12.00 an hour. Providers can request a rate adjustment through the Health & Safety Waiver process. Please read the following notice to learn more.

View the notice to providers

Download the minimum wage worksheet

CDCAN Report: DDS Selects Arizona Firm to Conduct Regional Center Provider Rate Study

Following is an excerpt from the May 17, 2017 CDCAN Report:

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) announced this week that it intends to contract with Burns and Associates, a Phoenix-based consulting firm, to conduct a long awaited regional center provider rate study and to provide recommendations for a “simplified rate setting methodology” for providing services and supports to eligible children and adults with developmental disabilities in California.

A rate study when completed – if viewed as credible, comprehensive and accurate by advocates and policymakers – could have sweeping impact on community-based services and supports for hundreds of thousands children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families, and thousands of community based providers and workers across California.


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