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Consumer Support Grant (CSG) Program
Medicaid is a service system that mixes together both state and federal money. The Consumer Support Grant Program allows a recipient to convert the state portion of payments for specific home care services into a cash grant. Eligible participants receive monthly cash grants to replace fee-for-service home care services payments. With county assistance, consumers can manage and pay for a variety of home and community-based services.
The CSG Program provides consumers with greater flexibility and freedom of choice in service selection, payment rates, service delivery specifications and employment of service providers. Parents, spouses, family members, trusted neighbors or friends can be paid for service, as well as employees of traditional home care provider agencies.
Who is eligible for the Consumer Support Grant?
To be eligible for CSG, a person must meet all these criteria:
Consumers cannot concurrently receive the Consumer Support Grant and coverage through the state’s managed care program, a Home and Community-Based Service Waiver, Alternative Care or private duty nursing, personal care assistant or home health aide services through the Medical Assistance Home Care Program.
How do consumers receive the Consumer Support Grant?
Eligible consumers who convert their eligible MA-funded home care services to CSG grants will develop with their case manager a service plan that identifies the supports they need and a method to document their expenditures for those supports. Grants may be distributed as cash, vouchers for services or direct payments to vendors. The administering agency determines the method and schedule for grant distribution.
How much can a consumer receive?
Grants are based on home care assessments and ratings for the home health aide, private duty nursing or personal care assistant services. Consumers can obtain an estimate of their grant from their county coordinator or the DHS Consumer Support Grant coordinator.
How can the grant be used?
Once the consumer enrolls in the program, the grant can be used to purchase a variety of supports beyond those services. The service or item selected for payment must be related to the consumer’s functional limitation and be over and above the normal costs of caring for the person if they had no disability.
Examples of allowable expense categories include:
All other available sources of payment should be exhausted before use of the Consumer Support Grant.
How can consumers apply for the Consumer Support Grant?
Application for the Consumer Support Grant Program can be made at your local county social service agency. Currently not all counties offer CSG. Consumers should contact their local county social service agency with questions about the Consumer Support Grant.
For more information, contact your local county agency (PDF).
Let us know if you are unable to find information about Disability Services Division programs and services. E-mail DHS.Dsdtahelp@state.mn.us.
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