Learn about the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Vendor Rate Study

Do you or a family member receive Regional Center services? Your opinion is important.  

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is working with a contractor to complete a rate study about service provider rates. More information about the rate study can be found here.

The attached flyer provides information about upcoming meetings. Space is limited so please register as soon as possible.

During these meetings you will:

  • Hear about what is included in the rate study and how it was done .
  • Have a chance to give feedback and ask questions

Meetings will be held at the locations listed here: Rate Study OR  Rate Study SPANISH The address for the meeting is included in the link.  Space is limited, so reserve your spot using the link for your preferred location.

If you have questions, please contact Jami at CASurvey@hsri.org

Call (503) 924-3783 X10 for help signing up.


DDS Rate Study- Public Comment Period extended to April 5th

NBRC is requesting Public Comment on the rates paid to providers of services for individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 4519.8, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) contracted with Burns & Associates, Inc. to complete a rate study of the regional center rate system.  An overview of the rate study including project principles and tasks, as well as information on Burns & Associates, Inc., is available here

The rate study report was presented by Burns & Associates earlier this week (2/28/19) statewide. Documents found here  outline the proposed rates, along with the assumptions that informed the development of those proposed rates.

The public has until April 5th to provide feedback and comments on the rate study.  There are two ways to have your voice heard.

  1. NBRC is gathering input from the providers in the North Bay.  Please email comments to: ratestudy@nbrc.net

  2. Otherwise, you are welcome to respond directly to Burns & Associates at DDSVendorRates@burnshealthpolicy.com.

Governor Newsom Has Release the FY 2019-2020 Budget

From The Office of the Governor:

1/10/19: SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom submitted his 2019-20 “California for All” budget proposal to the Legislature today – a fiscal blueprint that builds a strong financial foundation by investing an unprecedented $13.6 billion in budget resiliency and paying down unfunded pension liabilities.

Links to DDS Highlights and Regional Centers and Developmental Centers Estimate can be found here:


DDS Releases Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) 2018-2019 Funding Guidelines

HCBS Compliance Activities Funding

In recognition that service providers will need to continue taking steps towards modifying their services, the 2018 Budget Act (SB 840, Chapter 29, Budget Act 2018) contains $15 million to fund changes that are necessary for providers to come into compliance with the HCBS rules by March 2022.

The Department will hold two, one-hour webinars to review this process and answer questions. To register, click on either of the dates below:

Information regarding the funding process, by fiscal year is available below:

HCBS 2018-19 Funding Letter

HCBS Funding Guidelines FY1819

Attachment C HCBSFunding FY1819


10/3/2018 – The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) released an online survey for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to provide information that will be part of the larger on-going regional center provider rate study.  It is the first time that the State is conducting a survey specifically for regional center consumers and their families on issues linked to regional center provider rates, that follows the recently completed statewide survey of regional center providers.
The deadline for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to respond and submit the new online survey is October 28th, midnight, Sunday evening.
The new online survey for consumers and families is voluntary and not mandatory.
The anonymous survey takes about 15 to 20 minutes or less to complete online. To protect people’s privacy, the online survey does not ask any information regarding a person’s name or address, though does ask general information about the person filling out the survey.
In addition to English, the online survey was also translated in sixteen languages that Medi-Cal is required to use in California.
The survey can be accessed online at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DDS_Rate_Survey
:   There is no hard copy version of the survey.
The Department of Developmental Services – the state agency that oversees, under contract, the 21 non-profit regional centers who determine eligibility, handle caseload issues and fund the community-based organizations and individuals who provide the actual services and supports – is required to submit the finished the regional center provider rate study to the Legislature by March 2019.  That requirement was part of a special session bill in 2016 (ABx2 1) that also included significant funding increases for regional centers and a wide range of providers.


The online regional center consumer and family survey seeks information from people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families on services and supports they are receiving – or not receiving. This includes questions about the quality of services or availability of services.
The questions in the online survey are connected to the issues regarding regional center provider rates, which is the money from the State (most of it matched by federal Medicaid dollars) that are paid to regional center funded community-based organizations and individuals to provide those supports and services. This includes issues that are connected to unmet needs due to lack of services for various reasons, including ethnic and cultural disparities and geography.
Like the previous online regional center provider survey, the online consumer and family survey is voluntary and not mandatory.
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) said the information from the both surveys and also other information (including public input from the soon to be announced regional meetings or forums) will be critical parts in helping the Brown Administration this year and the new Administration next year come up with recommendations to the Legislature due by March 2019.
Those recommendations in the rate study will likely be a subject of the Legislative budget subcommittee hearings that includes public comments in March-April 2019, and also the subject of the new Governor’s proposed budget revisions in May 2019 – known as the “May Revise”.  That will be followed by a final round of Legislative budget subcommittee hearings that will likely include the rate study and possible proposals either from the new Governor or from legislators (or both) with public comments.  Depending on the economic and political environment next year and other factors, that in turn could lead to possible increases in rates for some – or all –  regional center funded providers possibly in the 2019-2020 State Budget year that begins July 1, 2019.
The regional center provider survey and the regional center consumer and family survey are two pieces of a larger rate study of regional center funded providers that was required by state law passed and enacted in 2016.  That rate study is meant to address what Brown Administration officials, legislators from both parties, people with developmental disabilities and families, providers, regional centers, and advocates have publicly agreed is a major State issue regarding the need for more funding for services and supports for hundreds of thousands of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, including community-based organizations and workers who provide those services and supports.

For questions or comments about the regional center consumer and family survey, send email to: CASurvey@hsri.org
For questions about the regional center provider rate study, send email to: vendorsurvey@dds.ca.gov
Regional Center Provider Rate Study Webpage (Department of Developmental Services website):
Burns and Associates (consulting firm hired by Department of Developmental Services to conduct the rate study under the department) webpage on the regional center provider rate study:

Self Determination Program: DDS Announces Initial 2,500 SDP Participants Selected

October 1, 2018 –The Department is pleased to announce that the initial 2,500 participants for the Self-Determination Program have been selected.

The Department will mail notification letters to all individuals to communicate their selection status.  To find out if you were selected to participate, you may enter your UCI (Unique Client Identifier) number at https://www.dds.ca.gov/SDPverification/index.cfm.

Please view this updated information at https://www.dds.ca.gov/SDP/SDPUpdates.cfm

copy of notification letters: SDP Selection Letter 10 1 18 

SDP Not Selected Letter 10 1 18

Call for Applications for Disparity Funds Program

Department of Developmental Services Announcement

Date:  August 17, 2018

In 2016, ABX2 1 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016) added Welfare and Institutions (W&I) Code section 4519.5(h) to the W&I Code and allocated funds to the Department of Developmental Services (Department), to assist regional centers in the implementation of strategies to reduce disparities in the purchase of services (POS).  In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016/17, the Department solicited regional center proposals and approved funding for projects to reduce disparities and promote equitable access to regional center services and supports.


In 2017, trailer bill language amended W&I Code section 4519.5 to allow community- based organizations (CBO) to apply for and receive funding to address disparities and/or equitable access to services. The Department is accepting proposals from regional centers and CBOs for funds available in FY 2018/19.


Regional centers and CBOs are invited to respond to this call for applications for the Disparity Funds Program. Applicants that submit proposals must comply with the instructions contained in the attached Guidelines for Applicants. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PST on October 16, 2018. The Department will review proposals and respond to each by November 30, 2018.

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) will be posted to the Department’s webpage and updated following the conference call on 9/13/18. If you need copies of any of the documents referenced in this packet, please contact:


Regional Center Branch Department of Developmental Services 1600 9th Street, Room 340, MS 3-12

Sacramento, CA 95814, disparityfundsprogram@dds.ca.gov (916) 654-2297