January 1, 2017 Minimum Wage Adjustment Request Process
Due to the enactment of Senate Bill (SB) 3, the California minimum wage increased to $10.50 per hour, effective January 1, 2017, for employers with 26 or more employees. As a result, a number of regional center vendors may be eligible for a rate adjustment in order to pay employees the new minimum wage.
Which Providers/Services Should Submit Minimum Wage Request to NBRC?
All providers of services with rates established in the following ways may be eligible for a rate adjustment:
- You employ 26 or more employees.
- Rates set by regional centers through negotiation.
- Pay or are paying employees less than $10.50 per hour.
Instructions and Workbook
The workbook below should be used by applicable vendors to submit rate adjustment requests to NBRC. Detailed instructions are contained in the tabs that precede the worksheets.
- For Supported Living Services (896) vendors paid using a monthly rate tier, use a separate workbook for each tier and/or PAR rate.
Rate adjustment requests workbooks and payroll records must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 1, 2017. Any rate adjustments approved will be effective January 1, 2017.
“ABX2-1” new rates for current providers
The enactment of Assembly Bill ABX2-1 (“ABX2-1”) and the FY2016-2017 State Budget authorized by California’s Legislators established new provider rates effective July 1, 2016.
The Department of Developmental Services has recently released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for rate changes made with ABX2-1. Please visit the below link to view the FAQs
Process for Residential Change in Capacity
The enactment of the bill also established rates for the Alternative Residential Model (ARM) community care facilities vendored to serve four or fewer consumers.
The establishment of these rates is intended to support our system readiness for changes in Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) where individuals will need access to choosing single rooms when preferred over shared room settings. As such the process for requesting a residential change in capacity is meant to be a permanent change to your vendorization, as opposed to a variable, sliding scale rate depending on a home’s current occupancy.
If you currently have more residents than your desired capacity level, you will need to work with your consumer planning teams and conduct appropriate IPP planning before any changes to your vendorization can be made. This new rate is not intended to displace individuals from their homes. Should you wish to make this change to your vendorization, please submit a formal letter on your agency’s letter head requesting this change. Considering residential services have a monthly rate, the effective date for the change in capacity rate will be the first of the month. Please note, the first of the month effective date may vary depending on when the request was made. See example below:
• Any request from October 1-15, the effective date is November 1st
• Any request from October 16-30, the effective date is December 1st
Additionally please attach a copy of your current license for the home, though we understand your licensed capacity may remain unchanged. Your submission will then be added to your vendor file as a program design addendum. You may submit your request electronically at email@example.com or post mail to the Community Services Department.
North Bay Regional Center/Vendor Advisory Committee Holiday Schedule Fiscal Year 2016-2017
Click on the below link to view the Day Program and Transportation approved at the Vendor Advisory Committee June 13, 2016
Minimum Wage Increase Rate Adjustment Request, January 1, 2016
Click here for information from the Department of Developmental Services describing the minimum wage rate adjustment process.
Service Providers may use this Service Provider Portal Agreement and NBRC Email Notice to receive purchase of service authorizations and/or turnaround invoices by email in lieu of mail. Please download and complete, and return to NBRC Fiscal Department. For the Invoicing Schedule for 2015-16, click here: Invoice – Contact schedule FY 16