Consumer directed community supports (CDCS) is a unique service option that gives you flexibility and responsibility to direct your services and supports, CDCS may include services, supports and items currently available through the Medical Assistance waivers, as well as additional services.
CDCS is an option for people enrolled in the following programs:
The flexibility built into CDCS allows you to tailor services and supports to your unique needs. When you choose CDCS, you may:
Person-centered planning uses groups of people to focus on your needs and vision of what you would like your future to look like. With this, you:
Self-determination, a key component of CDCS, articulates these four key principles:
Once you have your thoughts organized and gathered through this person-centered planning process, you may start to develop your community support plan.
The process of developing the CDCS Community Support Plan (PDF) is person-centered. If you need more professional help to develop your support plan, you may have a support planner help you.
A support planner is a person who understands CDCS, person-centered planning and how to develop a support plan. A support planner is able to:
The community support plan may contain a mix of paid and non-paid services, formal and informal supports, as long as they:
A CDCS Community Support Plan (PDF) includes:
Your CDCS budget is set using information from your most recent assessment and screening documents. You must be assessed by your county case manager, tribal entity or health plan representative every year to remain on the waiver and CDCS.
If your needs stay the same, you should expect that your budget will remain about the same from year to year.
You decide how to use the funds in your CDCS budget to meet your service and supports needs and preferences within the guidelines of the CDCS service and the waiver or Alternative Care program. Your budget amount is the maximum amount of funds you have to use for your services and supports for one full year.
If you choose CDCS as a service option, you must choose a fiscal support entity (FSE) to help you manage your services and supports and help with employer-related responsibilities.
Fiscal support entities may provide a range of services as long as they provide payroll assistance at the minimum.
Fiscal conduit model
Agency with choice model
FSE is the bill payer, helps with paperwork, provides education to the consumer and is also the employer.
The following agencies have been approved as fiscal support entities and most are available statewide. Counties must work with these enrolled providers to assure access to consumer directed services for consumers.
For more information on CDCS, contact:
You can also review the Consumer Directed Community Supports Consumer Handbook DHS-4317 (PDF).