Part 2 of 3 in a mini-series about Consumer or Self Directed Care in Colorado’s Supported Living Services Waiver. It is meant to give you enough information to decide if you want to explore it further.
The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy Finance is responsible for assuring the implementation of this Consumer Directed Option. They will be training Case Managers/Resource Coordinators to help individuals and families use the CDASS option. All training for CDASS is done through a contract with Consumer Direct of Colorado.
Consumer Direct Colorado is also providing information sessions for people interested in learning more. Click here for more detail. If you cannot attend in person, you can join through any of the webinar sessions listed.
You can also call Consumer Direct at any time, (844) 381-4433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will define this with your Case Manager. What services do you use currently, how frequently and how many hours?
If you decide to use the CDASS option, you must attend specific training and will get more details. The training sessions are offered in several different ways – by telephone, in person, or online. Training can range from two (2) to four (4) hours.
You are responsible to:
If you need help with CDASS, you can appoint a CDASS Authorized Representative – defined below.
Consumer Direct will give you information about how to find & hire staff, how to support & supervise them, and how to terminate their employment if needed.
Family members who are attendants are individually limited to working 40 hours per week. Your non-family assistants can work over 40 hours but would require overtime pay.
You will have a Fiscal Management Service (FMS) who will be responsible for payroll and all related expenses.
Your FMS provider will tell you how to:
Your staff can decide if they want a direct check or if they prefer direct deposit. Once you choose which FMS provider you want to use, you will also receive training from them.
This will be your current Case Manager or Resource Coordinator who helps you with your SLS plan.
Your Case Manager/Resource Coordinator still needs to receive training before they can actively help you.
*Do not call your Case Manager/Resource Coordinator yet – there will be an announcement in this mini-series after they have been trained.
(This is different than the current Authorized Representative in services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities).
If you want to direct these services and need help, you can have a CDASS Authorized Representative. This is a person who knows you well (for at least 2 years) and volunteers to:
Trains you and your CDASS Authorized Representative (if you
have one) on:
This is the payroll service for you and your employees. You can choose from three different agencies.
Specialists at the state provide policy support and guidance for all consumer-directed options in long-term services and support for people in all of the Colorado Waiver programs.
You will have access to a Training Coordinator and possibly a Peer Trainer* during training with Consumer Direct Colorado. You can call Consumer Direct Colorado at any time. However, we recommend you read the mini-series first and take advantage of
the CDASS information session.
*A Peer Trainer is someone who also uses the CDASS option for some of their services and can provide an insider prospective. They are a great resource.
This series of information is only to help you decide if you are interested in using a consumer-directed option. If you decide you want to use consumer direction or the CDASS option you must attend training.
Next week – Part 3: CDASS Is My Best Option, Now What Do I Do?