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2020 State Minimum Wage Increase - Effective January 1, 2020

The state of California minimum wage increased on January 1, 2020 to $13.00 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $12.00 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees. 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 service providers’ costs to increase employee/staff wages to $13.00 per hour (or $12.00 per hour based on the number of employees) and the associated mandated costs (i.e. Social Security, Medicare and workers’ compensation).

View the entire letter from DDS

Community Care Facilities (Alternative Residential Model Homes)

Residential service providers reimbursed under the Alternative Residential Model (ARM) rates, service codes 905, 910, 915 and 920 do not need to submit rate adjustment requests. DDS has already adjusted these rates and you will see them beginning with your January 2020 invoice.

View the new ARM rates for Level 2 – Level 4-I homes

Community-Based Day Programs, In-Home Respite Agencies and Work Activity Programs (DDS Set Rates)

Service providers classified as day programs, including infant development programs (service code 805), adult day programs (service codes 505, 510, 515), independent living services (service code 520), in-home respite agencies (service code 862) and Work Activity Programs (service code 954) may request a rate adjustment from DDS. For instructions and the workbook to request a rate adjustment from DDS, please go to

View the DDS Set Rates

Negotiated Rate Vendors

For service providers with negotiated rates (including median rates), Lanterman is requesting that you complete the Minimum Wage Cost Reporting Worksheet. To access this worksheet please click here. Providers with negotiated/median rates who employ 26 or more employees may request a rate adjustment if any employees/staff are paid less than $13.00 per hour. Providers with negotiated rates who employ 25 or fewer employees may request a rate adjustment if any employees/staff are paid less than $12.00 per hour. One vendor number per workbook.

NOTE: If you want to request a rate adjustment from Lanterman Regional Center due to the 2020 Minimum Wage increase, please complete the attached workbook and send it to by 4 p.m. on March 1, 2020. Whether you are submitting your rate adjustment request to DDS or to Lanterman, the deadline to submit is March 1, 2020. Requests received after this date will not be considered.

Please carefully read the instructions to complete the workbook and follow all instructions. You may be asked to submit supporting documentation including payroll records, workers’ compensation insurance, DE-2088 and other data. Do not submit unless it is requested.

If you have questions or need further information please contact Karen Ingram at 213.252.5694 or