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Consumer directed community supports (CDCS)

DHS is currently transferring CDCS information previously found on this and other CBSM pages to the CDCS Policy Manual. For more information, see the June 5, 2017, AASD/DSD eList announcement.

Page posted: 10/1/04

Page reviewed: 5/28/15

Page updated: 10/22/18

Legal authority

Federally approved BI, CAC, CADI, DD and EW waiver plans, Alternative Care program (Minn. Stat. §256B.0913), Minn. Stat. §256B.4912, subd. 1(b), Minn. Stat. §245C.02, subd. 11, Minn. Stat. §256B.0915, subd. 8 (c), Minn. Stat. §256B.49, subd. 16 (c), (e)


For an overview of consumer directed community supports (CDCS), see the home page of the CDCS Policy Manual.

Service criteria

For criteria CDCS services must meet, see CDCS – Allowable and unallowable goods and services.


For information about eligibility, see CDCS – Eligibility.

CDCS budget

Each person’s annual state-set budget amount is the amount available to the person to purchase eligible goods and services. The individual budget for a person using CDCS must include the costs of all waiver services and MA state plan home care services.

For more information, see CDCS – Budgets.

Financial management services providers

A person is required to have a financial management services (FMS) provider to access CDCS. An FMS provider is an MA-enrolled provider for CDCS who reimburses service providers for authorized CDCS services, supports and/or items.

DHS is in the process of changing fiscal services for people who use CDCS. For more information, see CBSM – Change of fiscal services for people who participate in CDCS and CSG.

Covered services

For information about services and goods covered under CDCS, see:

Non-covered services

For information about services and goods not covered under CDCS, see CDCS – Allowable and unallowable goods and services.

Provider standards and qualifications

Each person might want to consider his/her needs and requirements when deciding the qualifications he/she would like the provider/staff to have. For example, a person who has frequent seizures may want to hire somebody that has training in how to react when someone is having a seizure or experience working with people who have seizures.

Additional qualifications are to be documented in the CDCS Community Support Plan. The provider/staff must meet these qualifications to provide CDCS. The person and/or his/her authorized representative must maintain documentation indicating how the qualifications are met.

When choosing other formal waiver services, all provisions of the waiver service must be followed, including the services description, provider qualifications, rates and quality assurance mechanisms of the service.

Background studies

For information about background study requirements and processes under CDCS, see CDCS – Background studies.

Case management

Under CDCS, case management supports are separated into:

Involuntary exit procedure

Counties have the option to follow the involuntary exit policy to exit a person from CDCS.

Additional resources

Consumer Directed Community Supports Policy Manual
CDCS Consumer Handbook, DHS 4317 (PDF)

DHS – CDCS (information for people who receive services)
CBSM – Process and procedure: Enhanced rate or budget for PCA, CDCS and CSG

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