This is copied from Aaron Nangle’s newsletter  Thanks Aaron for allowing us to reprint this.

APD Announces Rate Changes     

For Companion Services

FROM:  Bryan Vaughan, Acting Director For APD Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Effective August 1, 2011, the reimbursement rate for companion services will no longer depend on the ratio of direct service providers to clients served.  As of August 1, all companion services shall be reimbursed at the basic rate of $1.68 per client regardless of the number of clients served. This rate will still be adjusted according to geographical location and whether the service was provided by an independent provider or agency provider.

Updated rates for companion services are available on the Agency’s website and are attached to this notice. These rate changes are being made pursuant to the Agency for Persons with Disabilities’ authority in section 393.0661(7), Florida Statutes. Section 393.0661(7) authorizes the Agency to adjust rates as necessary to comply with the availability of moneys provided in the General Appropriations Act.

These rate adjustments will be reflected in the cost plan of each client who was authorized to receive companion services at the 1:1 ratio or the 1:3 ratio prior to August 1, 2011.  The rate adjustments do not reduce, modify, or terminate any client’s authorized waiver services. APD will provide new service authorizations to all providers no later than August 5, 2011.   Until such time, this notice will serve as your authorization.

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities appreciates  your service and dedication to individuals with developmental disabilities. If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact your local Area Office. 

_________________________________________ & Florida Unites

So this means solo providers will get paid only $6.72 per hour.  Agency’s will get $8.64 per hour. This is according to APD Central office.Minimum wage for the state of Florida is $7.31 per hour. APD has to find ways to cut or they will not be around next year. A disproportionate amount of the cuts are to providers pay. After all providers just got cut by 4%. People need to speak up. You need to visit your legislators and let them know what you think about all of the cuts. Let them know how this affects you and the people you help.