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Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS)

Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS) is a Medicaid benefit under the Home and Community Based Services—Elderly, Blind, and Disabled (HCBS-EBD), Community Mental Health Supports (CMHS), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), and Brain Injury (BI) waivers that allow clients to manage their attendant services. CDASS uses the term attendant, though people use many other terms such as aide, personal care assistant and homemaker.  In CDASS, you or your authorized representative:

  • Select attendants, even friends and family, based on qualifications that you set
  • Train, supervise and dismiss your attendants
  • Decide when and where you receive services
  • Set wages for your attendants up to the established limit
  • Manage an annual allocation 
  • Choose someone you trust, like a family member or friend (an authorized representative), to help you manage the program

CDASS Fact Sheet:  To view or download a fact sheet describing the CDASS benefit, please click here.

 

How does CDASS Work?

In CDASS, Medicaid funds are allocated for you to control, instead of paying a home health agency or personal care agency to provide your attendant care. Your case manager determines your allocation based on your needs.  After you or your authorized representative complete training and enroll in the services, you or your authorized representative will be responsible for managing these funds to meet your needs.

Some important requirements:

  • You must be eligible for HCBS-EBD, CMHS, SCI or BI waivers
  • You must demonstrate a need for attendant support
  • Your participation is voluntary
  • You or your authorized representative must be able to direct your care
  • Your physician must document that your health is stable

 

How do I get started?

Contact your local Single Entry Point Agency (SEP) and set up an appointment. 

All attendants under the CDASS program are employed by the state's Fiscal Management Service (FMS) who acts as the employer of record.  The current FMS for this program is Public Partnership LLC (PPL).

PPL Customer Service: 1-888-752-8250

Forms
 

 

Training Materials

CDASS Program Training Manual - Updated 2013
CDASS Managing Employer Training Manual - Updated 2013

CDASS Training Schedule

Contact Information

For questions about enrolling in CDASS contact: