Consumer Directed Services (CDS)
If you or a loved one are in need of help to stay in your own home, and are currently approved for Medicaid, Consumer Directed Services might be the answer. Relatives, friends or neighbors can be compensated through this state program to support you with the activities of daily living.
Missouri’s state Medicaid program, referred to as MO HealthNet, offers a consumer-directed personal care program. With Consumer Directed Services (CDS), also referred to as self-directed care, eligible applicants can hire, train, and supervise, the individual(s) they choose to provide their personal care. Family members, who register as CDS providers with the Missouri Medicaid Audit and Compliance Unit within the Department of Social Services, can be hired to provide care. An exception is spouses and legal guardians.
This program is intended to help prevent the need for nursing home placement by providing at-home assistance for those who are physically disabled, and would require institutionalization, if not for this state program.
Feel free to contact A Partner in Care for more details about Consumer Directed Services.