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Ask an Advocate: Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS)

Q. I have two children with disabilities who utilize the Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) option. I would like to share staff. I am being told I can’t. What are my options?

A. Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) is an option under all disability waiver programs. CDCS allows a person more choices and responsibility to design services and supports based on individual needs, and gives them more control of their funding.  

The Arc Minnesota is partnering with service providers to seek changes at the legislature that would allow for shared care in CDCS services. Shared care allows an individual to provide staffing services to up to three people at a time.

This proposal has been included in important bills authored by Rep. Tina Liebling and Sen. Jim Abeler; contact them to share your thanks for including shared services for CDCS in their “omnibus” bills, and ask them to prioritize this proposal in ongoing negotiations at the Capitol!

If you have additional questions about the CDCS Shared Services proposal, please call Gene Martinez at 952-915-3615.