Bridge Funding Increases Effective May 1

On April 26, DDS sent an email announcing that they have received CMS approval of the “Bridge Funding” proposal, effective May 1, 2019. Providers of community-based day programs and community care facilities under the Alternative Residential Model in “high cost” counties will receive the time limited rate increase of 2.1%. The one-time funding will increase rates from May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020.

The Department will provide detailed information early next week regarding implementation of these rate increases. Background information, including the methodology for determining these rate increases is available here.

Here is the announcement from CDSA when the plan was first announced:

Bridge Funding Plan Announced

The Department of Developmental Services has announced its plan to distribute the $25 million (General Funds)/$40 million (Total Funds) bridge funding appropriated in this year’s budget. The funds will be distributed by a 2.07% rate increase for community-based day programs and all community care facilities under the Alternative Residential Model in high cost counties. DDS must receive federal approval before it proceeds with the plan, and that’s not expected before May 2019. The rate increases will only last for 12 months and then rates revert to previous levels. The rate increases will not be retroactive, and there is no stipulation on how the rate increases are used.

The Community Based Day Programs are service codes are: Activity Centers (SC 505), Adult Development Centers (SC 510), Behavior Management Programs (SC 515), Independent Living Programs (SC 520), Social Recreation Programs (SC 525), Infant Development Programs (SC 805), and In-Home Respite (SC 862)

Based on the map supplied by DDS, it appears the following counties have been identified as high cost:

Alameda, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba.

DDS previously distributed a handout that outlined seven options it was considering. They have gone with option three. Refer to the handout to see the map outlining high-cost and low-cost areas and the other options.