$42 million in state funding, will also have a 50% federal match for a DSP, manager and supervisor wage increase of $1.25/hour less employer taxes effective January 1, 2023.
While not the $8.5% requested, approval of a 1% residential rate increase at a cost of $7.5 million state dollars with a federal match, funds will be added permanently to the rates.
20% increase in day rates; $9 million in state funding to annualize day rate increase
Advocating for agencies through the public health emergency (PHE)/COVID 19 Pandemic
Wage and Rate Increases Successfully Advocated for includes:
DSP Wage Supplemental: From 5/1-7/31/2020, and again from 10/1/20-3/31/21, providers received funding to pay DSP’s a temporary increase of $3/hour.
Self-Directed Overtime Permitted: Began in 4/2020 (Still in effect but requires prior authorization) self-directed employees are permitted to receive overtime to help families and individuals living in their own homes.
Residential Enhanced Rate: Residential service providers received 20% enhanced residential rate from 3/17/2020 – 12/31/2021. The rate increase provided funding for additional residential staffing due to the closure of day programs.
Day Services Supplemental Payments:
Retainer payments for services 3/17-31/2020 funded at 100% of a providers’ previous claims based on highest billing month from July to December 2019.
From 3/31/2020 – 7/19/2020 retainer payments at 75% of an agencies’ previous claims based on highest billing month from July to December 2019.
From 7/20/20 – 12/31/2021, supplemental payments funded at 50% of a providers previous claims based on highest billing month from July to December 2019. The 50% funding is reduced by the state share of current billing.
From 1/1/2022 – 6/30/2022, supplemental payments funded at 25% of a providers previous claims based on highest billing month from July to December 2019. The 25% funding is reduced by the state share of current billing.
FY 2022 Budget
Day Program Permanent Rate Increase. $25,000,000 in State funding plus available federal matching dollars were appropriated to increase the fee-for-service rates for day habilitation, career planning, community inclusion services, prevocational training, and supported employment.
$42 million in state funding with a federal match to increase DSP wages approximately $1.25.
Support Coordinator Rate Increase, ending in March 2024, to increase the salaries of all support coordinators. The increase amount is $123.08 per month raising the old rate from $239.81 to $362.89.