Choose Your Own Caregiver CDS

What is the Consumer Directed Service program (CDS)?

The CDS Program is designed to assist individuals with disabilities to receive the services they need to remain independent in their own home instead of living in a more restrictive institutional environment.

The idea behind the CDS program is to let the consumer (the care recipient) be in charge of their caregiving needs. They are the ones that know best when it comes to what they need assistance with, and the CDS program gives them the ability to hire caregivers that suit their specific needs.

One of the many benefits of the CDS program is that the consumer gets to take charge of their care and is allowed to hire friends or family members to provide the caregiving services. The exceptions are that the care givers cannot be the care recipients spouse, legal guardian or under the age of 18. By allowing the consumer to hire a caregiver of their choice, the CDS program makes it possible for them to receive care from someone they trust.

What type of daily tasks might attendants assist with?

Consumers may qualify for some or all of the tasks below.

  • Housekeeping/laundry
  • Dressing/grooming
  • Toileting
  • Ostomy/colostomy hygiene
  • Obtaining medication
  • Transferring
  • Range of motion
  • Meal preparation/feeding/cleanup
  • Essential shopping
  • Essential transportation

How much does this service cost?

The CDS program is funded by Medicaid/MO Healthnet. This service is free of charge to the consumer with active Medicaid/MO Healthnet.

What geographical regions does the DRA CDS program serve?

DRA serves CDS care recipients in the following regions: Jefferson County, St Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Francois County, St. Genevieve County, Madison County, Crawford County, Franklin County, St. Charles County and Washington County.

How do I request CDS Services?

Please contact DRA at (636) 931-7696 or fill out this online request form to request CDS Services and we will be in touch.

Interested in switching Providers?

Please contact DRA at (636) 931-7696 or fill out this online request form to request a Provider switch and we will be in touch. DRA makes it very easy to switch. The care recipient will not lose services during the transition period and their plan of care will not be impacted.

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