Getting Started with Consumer Directed Services (CDS)
Qualifications For CDS:
1. You must be at least 18 years old
2. You must be on Missouri Medicaid
3. You must be able to direct your own care
What To Expect:
We will assist you in contacting DHSS to apply for services or ask for a transfer from your current agency.
We will assist you in hiring your personal care attendant.
We will walk you through all of the necessary paperwork.
What to Expect Once You Have Started Your CDS at Blue Skies Home Care LLC:
You will have a case manager assigned to you from the beginning. They will be there to guide your through the process and help you as you live independently. We will contact you at least once a month to ensure your satisfaction with your CDS Services and that your needs are being met. Your Case Manager will also visit you regularly in your home. Along with providing quality CDS Services, we also provide the five core services of Information and Referral, Peer Counseling, Advocacy, Independent Living Skills Training, and Transitions. We will do everything we can to assist you in remaining in your home and help you to access the community resources you need to do so.
You are the employer and your caregiver/attendant is your employee. Blue Skies’ staff will help you complete all the necessary financial paperwork. Our staff handles all of the tax withholdings and payments to the IRS, Missouri Department of Revenue, Division of Employment Security, and local taxes. Blue Skies will also work with you to resolve tax issues from previous CDS agencies.
Your Personal Care attendant, which you choose, will work on a schedule which you determine. Your careplan will be developed by the Dept of Health and Senior Services and there are many activities that this could include, depending upon your individual needs:
- Personal care
- Household Management
- Meal preparation and cleanup
- Transportation (You can go with your attendant to the store or on errands)
Have questions about our services, how to become an attendant or want to learn more? We are here and happy to answer all questions and concerns!
NW Missouri Region – (816) 259-5224
Kansas City Region – (816) 259-5224
Central Missouri Region – (816) 351-9275
NE Missouri Region – (573) 629-2460