Support Long-Term Funding for the Developmentally Disabled - Fund the State's Rate Rebase Study
Caregiving for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Is Not a Minimum Wage Job
BACKGROUND: Although the Legislature and the Executive have provided funding that works to address the state’s minimum wage increases, funding levels for services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are far below the recommended levels set in the state’s Rate Rebase study. Prior to the Great Recession, reimbursement rates for services to individuals with I/DD were between 90% to 100% of the recommended levels. Today reimbursement rates are as low as 44.69% of recommended levels, with services being, on average, 76.15% of recommended levels, known as the benchmark.
WHAT IS THE RATE REBASE:
The state is required by law to do an annual study of the adequacy and appropriateness of reimbursement rates to providers of service to individuals with I/DD. This is known as the Rate Rebase.
The Rate Rebase study recommends the rate that the Division of Developmental Disabilities should pay for contracted services to individuals with I/DD. The study creates a recommended rate for each service – this is the benchmark rate. The adopted rate is the rate that is actually being paid to service providers.
THE ASK: The State’s Rate Rebase study shows that the system of services for individuals with I/DD is $100 million to $150 million underfunded. Please support SB 1552 to provide $50 million in FY 2021 to begin to bring up reimbursement rates to recommended levels.
We need your networks (employers, employees, families, self-advocates, board members, and friends) to take action NOW and tell state officials to support increased funding for I/DD services.