Participant-Directed Programs

Participant-directed services are home and community-based services (HCBS) that help people of all ages, across all types of disabilities, maintain their independence and determine for themselves what mix of personal assistance supports and services work best for them. Participant direction empowers each program participant to expand his or her degree of choice and control over decisions made about his or her long-term services and supports in a highly personalized manner.

FY 2015-16 Budget Request for Participant Directed Programs

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Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS)

CDASS is a service-delivery option that allows home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver participants to direct their care and have full control over their attendant services.

Fact Sheet

Open Enrollment for FMS providers for participants receiving CDASS

Participants in CDASS have the option to change Financial Management Service (FMS) agencies quarterly, by the 16th of March, June, September and December.  All paperwork for a transfer must be completed and approved by the receiving FMS vendor by the 1st of the month that the transfer will occur.

  • For example, if a participant wants to transfer by March 16th, all paperwork must be completed and approved by the receiving FMS agency by March 1.

If you do not want to change FMS agencies you do not need to take any action.

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In-Home Support Services (IHSS)

IHSS is a service-delivery option that allows home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver participants to direct their care and have control over their attendant services, while having additional support with budgeting.