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DSD eList announcement

Date: Dec. 29, 2017
: Lead agency staff and other interested CDCS stakeholders
: DHS Disability Services Division waiver policy staff
To share CDCS Policy Manual updates about the budget methodology exception and definition of “parents” under CDCS

CDCS Policy Manual updates

DHS recently updated the Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS) Policy Manual to reflect changes to the:

  • • Budget methodology exception
  • • CDCS definition of “parents.”
  • DHS also added new pages regarding the budget process. See CDCS — Budgets for more information.

    CDCS budget methodology exception

    The following are updates regarding the CDCS budget methodology exception:

  • • Last spring, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the 2015 Minnesota Legislature’s changes to the budget exception. This change expanded eligibility critiera. For more information, see the CDCS — Budget methodology exception page.
  • • The process to implement the budget exception has changed as well. See the updated Exception to CDCS Budget Methodology DHS-6633 form (PDF).
  • • The exception increases individual CDCS budgets up to 20 percent for people who meet eligibility requirements. It only is available under the BI, CAC, CADI and DD waivers.
  • Definition of “parents”

    Under CDCS, a stepparent is now included in the definition of “parent.” This update is reflected on the CDCS — Paying a spouse/parent of a minor for personal assistance page.


    These updates implement two of the waiver plan amendments CMS approved May 9, 2017. DHS shared these CMS-approved waiver amendments in a May 30, 2017, DSD eList announcement.

    Previous eList announcements


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