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CDCS support planner

If you feel you need more professional help to develop your support plan, you may use a support planner to help decide what will work best for you. A support planner is a person who has been certified by DHS as someone who understands the consumer-directed community supports service, person-centered planning and the process of developing a support plan.

How can a support planner help me?

A support planner is able to:

  • Provide information about CDCS and provider options
  • Help you develop a community support plan
  • Help you monitor your support plan
  • Help you purchase and receive services and supports
  • Help you recruit, screen, hire, train, schedule, monitor and pay support workers
  • Help you solve problems that may occur
  • Provide and arrange for staff training specific to your needs

What are the requirements to be a support planner?

A support planner must:

  • Be 18 or older
  • Be able to coordinate with required case-management services
  • Complete a training module of at least six hours, developed and approved by DHS, on person-centered planning, in addition to information on the Vulnerable Adult Act and Maltreatment of Minors Act
  • Successfully pass the initial support planner certification test
  • Maintain eligibility by taking and successfully passing the support planner certification test every two years thereafter
  • Use the community support plan or similar format that includes all of the information required to authorize CDCS.

You may require additional qualifications of your support planner, which should be written in your community support plan. When writing the plan, your may use the DHS template, CDCS Community Support Plan, DHS-6532 (PDF), or another form, as long as it includes all of the required components included in the template.

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