We did it! Thank you for your advocacy!
On June 29 the California Legislature passed the $300 billion 2022-2023 State Budget. We are pleased to report the budget contains the acceleration of the rate increases that we have been advocating for. The accelerated rate increase will not be implemented until January 1, 2023.
Some other budget highlights we are excited about:
- Workforce Stabilization ($150.3 million) – Establishes several workforce programs, including training stipends to direct support professionals, and an entry-level training and internship program to become a direct support professional.
- Tailored Day Services – Requires tailored day services to be developed using a person-centered planning process and provides tailored day service for to be reimbursed at a new hourly rate, beginning July 1, 2022.
- Employment Opportunity Service Model Pilot ($8.4 million) – Creates a new three-year pilot program that focused on competitive integrated employment, postsecondary education, and career readiness for individuals exiting work activity programs or secondary education.
- Early Start Eligibility ($6.5 million 2022-23; $29.5 million 2024-25) – Clarifies that fetal alcohol syndrome is a condition with established harmful developmental consequences for purposes of eligibility for the Early Start Program. Changes eligibility requirements to allow infants and toddlers with developmental delays in expressive and receptive communication development to be eligible for the Early Start program.
- COVID Mitigation Grants for Licensed Day Programs ($61.4 million) – Allows licensed day programs to apply for competitive grants to improve the health, safety, and well-being of individuals with disabilities through safe access to in-center congregate services.
While the final budget does not include all of our proposals, we will continue to advocate for fair, sustainable rates to ensure Californians with developmental disabilities have access to quality, person-centered services that meet their individual needs.
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