DE HB104 | 2017-2018 | 149th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 24-13)
Status: Passed on September 4 2018 - 100% progression
Action: 2018-09-04 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]


The state is currently funding service providers at 75% of the market rate established in a 2014 study that was done by DHSS. This bill would mandate an increase in the rates paid to service providers according to the recommendations of the market study, so that by fiscal year 2021 the state would fund service providers at 100% of the benchmarked rate. These rate increases are necessary to increase the hourly wages of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), to improve recruitment and retention of these positions, to decrease staff turnover, and to decrease position vacancies. Along with the corresponding costs for program oversight, direct supervision of DSPs, and training, stabilizing the DSP workforce with increased pay is essential to keep people with I/DD safe and integrated to the maximum extent possible in their local communities. The bill also requires that the adequacy of the rate system be evaluated against performance measures that are commonly used to assess program quality.

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An Act To Amend Title 29 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Services For Adults With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities.


Roll Calls

2018-06-28 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 21 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2018-06-27 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 41 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2018-09-04 Signed by Governor
2018-06-28 Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
2018-06-27 Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
2018-06-27 Amendment HA 1 to HS 1 - Passed In House by Voice Vote
2018-06-21 Reported Out of Committee (Appropriations) in House with 4 On Its Merits
2018-06-14 Assigned to Appropriations Committee in House
2018-06-13 Reported Out of Committee (Health & Human Development) in House with 10 On Its Merits
2018-06-12 Amendment HA 1 to HS 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2018-05-10 Adopted in lieu of the original bill HB 104, and Assigned to Health & Human Development Committee in House

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