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Community First Services and Supports

Community First Services and Supports (CFSS) is a new self-directed home and community-based service being developed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. CFSS is a service for people who live in the community and need help with day-to-day activities.

When DHS begins CFSS, it will replace the personal care assistance service and the Consumer Support Grant. CFSS is similar to PCA in many ways, but it will offer participants more control, flexibility, responsibility and choice in how they use the service. CFSS is a program under the Medical Assistance, waiver and Alternative Care programs.

State and federal approval are required. DHS has legislative approval to implement CFSS and has submitted a Medicaid state plan amendment to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to obtain approval for CFSS.

DHS is in discussion with CMS about the amendment. These discussions are a common part of the approval process, which can take several months.

Implementation Council

The 24-member CFSS Implementation Council meets quarterly at the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55101, in March, June, September and December. Meetings are open to the public. We will post agendas to this page before each meeting.

Meeting schedule

  • Sept. 17, 2019, 10 a.m. to noon, Room 2380
  • Dec. 9, 2019, 1 to 3 p.m., Room 2380
  • March 16, 2020, 1 to 3 p.m., Room 2370
  • June 15, 2020, 10 a.m. to noon, Room 2370
  • Sept. 21, 2020, 1 to 3 p.m., Room 2380
  • Dec. 21, 2020, 1 to 3 p.m., Room 2370

Frequently asked questions

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