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ISSUE DATE: 02/2013

The Consumer Support Grant Program (CSG) is a state-funded program that provides funds to help people with functional limitations and their families to purchase and secure supports to maintain safe, independent living. Participation in the CSG program is voluntary for counties and consumers. A person may be able to participate in CSG program only if his/her county of financial responsibility elects to participate in the CSG program.

CSG makes support grants to people or families as an effective alternative to existing programs and services, such as the Developmental Disability Family Support Grant program, Personal Care Attendant services, Home Health Aide services, and private duty nursing services. It provides a monthly subsidy to the consumer or his/her representative in the form of cash, grant, voucher, or direct payment to a vendor for the consumer's special needs as approved in an individual service plan.

CSG pays for goods and services related to a consumer’s functional limitations that are over and above the normal cost of caring for a person. For example, people may purchase supports such as respite care, assistance with daily living, homemaker, chore and adaptive aids from friends, neighbors, relatives or any other responsible person the consumer knows and trusts.

The county social services agency applies on the consumer's behalf to DHS for the program. The application must specify the needs of the consumer or his/her family and how they will use the subsidy.

For treatment of CSG payment income for all programs, see 0017.06 (Excluded Income).

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