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SB-721 Developmental services: rate methodology.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.

 Section 4519.9 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

4519.9.
 (a) The department shall develop and implement, on or before June 30, 2021, a new rate methodology that utilizes quality and performance measures to compensate service providers based on those measures to replace the rate methodologies for all services and supports in effect before that date, or to be an adjunct to those rate methodologies.
(b) (1) The department shall seek input from stakeholders, including, but not limited to, consumers, family members of consumers, service providers, regional centers, and advocates for the individuals with developmental disabilities in the development of the new rate methodology, including the selection and creation of the quality and performance measures.
(2) The department shall hold at least two public meetings as part of its effort to solicit stakeholder input pursuant to paragraph (1).
(c) The new methodology shall be designed to do all of the following:
(1) Reward service providers that provide higher quality service to consumers relative to other service providers in the same service category.
(2) Compensate service providers based on the acuity of each consumer served.
(3) To the extent applicable, incentivize service provider compliance with the federal Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) rules.
(d) The new methodology shall not result in any service provider getting paid at a lower rate than what they are receiving at the time of its implementation.