July 2013: With the sunsetting of the last rate cut, designated workers are now paid $10.50 per hour and On-Call workers start at $12.50
Authorizations are written by TCRC as not to exceed three months worth of hours in a quarter. This means if you have 16 hours per month you will be able to use up to 48 in a quarter, 24 per month would be 72 in a quarter, etc. We've always encouraged families to use the number of hours allotted each month and to turn in timesheets within 30 days of service. Contact us if you have questions about usage or balances.
Reminder: for those people who fax in timesheets, please don't wait until the last few minutes before the noon deadline on the Monday before a payday. This avoids a last minute crunch and a busy signal when trying to fax. Sending/faxing timesheets as soon after the last date of service (up to midnight the Friday before payday) insures timely receipt and payment.
March 2012 - The state budget remains a serious concern to everyone within the Regional Center system. The DDS stakeholder meeting on March 1st was informative, but few, if any, new cost savings strategies were discussed. Respite services were targeted in 2009, with a rate decrease, usage caps, quarter maximums and more. During the meeting's afternoon session an email was received that the Legislative Analyst's Office had released its recommendations. Retaining the 4.25% rate decrease was at the top of the list. DDS will present its suggestions to the Legislature for the 2012/2013 toward the end of March. An actual plan will be determined in late April. No major program changes are expected.
12/1/2010 - Every year brings change and 2010 was no different. The State budget that was finally passed in October brought retroactive cuts to regional center programs, including respite. Hour limitations and quarterly maximums remain in place. At this time Respite, Inc. does not expect to decrease wages.
In 2011 we will be changing payroll companies. A smooth transition is planned, but there could be some bumps along the way. Many employee numbers will be changed. We have been assured that checks will arrive at the office earlier on paydays and direct deposits will show funds in an account the same day, instead of being held another 24 hours.
Due to the constraints on usage, less income for the program and TCRC's funding methods, it will no longer be possible to immediately pay for hours that are submitted more than 45 days after providing service. These hours will still be paid (under standard usage and authorization policies), but will be delayed until the third payday after receipt of the timesheet(s). We encourage everyone to send in timesheets each month to avoid any difficulty this modification could cause. The maximum hours paid in one pay period remains at 50, with any balance to be paid incrementally.
11/30/09 - The Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo Respite, Inc. offices will be closing in December. Santa Barbara: noon Wednesday, December 23rd. Santa Maria: Friday, December 18th. San Luis Obispo: Thursday, December 31st. All services will be provided through the Paso Robles office. We will review the feasability of reopening satellite offices toward the end of this fiscal year.
7/28/09 - With the passage of the revised 2009/2010 California state budget today came new regulations for Regional Centers and the services they will be allowed to approve and fund. The amount and circumstances under which respite services may be purchased has changed.
New Criteria for Respite
These changes are to become effective August 1, 2009, or after 30 day* notice is given by the Regional Centers (*being recommended by DDS). TCRC has set October 1, 2009 as the effective date to implement these changes.
1. Respite hours will only be authorized when the client requires more care and supervision than an individual of the same age without a developmental disability.
2. In-home respite will be limited to 90 hours per quarter (30 hours per month). An exception may be granted under the following circumstances.
a) The intensity of the client’s care and supervision needs are such that additional respite is necessary to keep the client living at home.
b) There is an extraordinary event that impacts the family member’s ability to meet the care and supervision needs of the client.
3. Regional Centers cannot purchase day care services to replace respite.
Upon receiving a 30 day notification from your Regional Center, determine if your family should qualify for an exemption. Document how a) and/or b) above apply to your situation, thencontact your Service Coordinator. A request for an exemption should be considered by an IPP team.
Early Start (newborn to age 3) Services
Regional Centers are no longer allowed to fund services that are not considered federally mandated. Respite services are considered federally mandated only if its use is related to a client's developmental disability (to attend classes, trainings, etc.). Families of "at risk" or developmentally disabled infant(s) and/or toddler(s) may no longer qualify for respite services when the respite need is not related to the developmental disability.
If your Regional Center wants to change your services, it must hold an IFSP meeting. If you do not agree with their changes to your child's services at the IFSP meeting, your Regional Center must give you a 30 day written notice of its decision before the change can become effective. If you request a hearing during those 30 days it must be completed within 60 days. Your child will continue to receive the disputed service(s) during that time.
6/1/09 - The state is still facing the worst budget crisis in its history. Deficit projections are at the $24 billion dollar level and the additional 7% funding cut is expected to be instituted in September. This will mean another pay rate cut for workers, but the exact amount is yet to be determined, depending on how the state calculates the decrease.
5/4/09 - With all the funding rumors swirling around, it may become necessary to limit the number of hours used each month to the number authorized starting with the new fiscal year on July 1, 2009. Since workers are paid in advance of our reimburement, we do not have a way of maintaining a large enough reserve to continue paying a substantial numbers of hours.
2/23/09 - The 3% cut to Regional Center services, including respite, was part of the revised state budget and is retroactive to February 1, 2009. This means an across the board cut of $0.25 per hour and mileage reimbursement will change to $0.49 for all respite workers. These new rates will be reflected in the March 4th paychecks.
2/2/09 - It's doubtful respite services will go unscathed in the current budget discussions. At best, we're expecting a 3% cut to our cost rate. Unfortunately, this will mean a twenty-five cent per hour rate decrease for respite workers. That means the lowest pay rate would still be $9.75/hour. Because no decisions have been made in Sacramento at present, pay rates will remain the same for the time being. Updated information will be included on this webpage as received.
The 2009 Changes and Reminders letter, payroll schedule and new timesheets were mailed to all active respite workers on January 3rd. Paydays are every other Wednesday, with timesheets due by noonthe Monday before. Unfortunately, payroll takes time and there just isn't enough after the Monday noon deadline to include more. To avoid a delay in processing forms and timesheets, please use the Respite, Inc. office nearest you. Paperwork, including timesheets, can be delivered or faxed to any office during or outside of business hours, including holidays and weekends.