What is CDS?

This document was developed under grant CFDA 93.791 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

Consumer Directed Services allows people who receive services from Texas Health and Human Services Commission to hire and manage the people who provide their services.

The program is the result of Senate Bill 1586, 76th Texas Legislature, which allows a voucher payment option that empowers people to make personal decisions related to the delivery of personal assistance and respite services within their current home and community-based program.

Services That Can Be Self-directed

Program Name Type of Service
Community Living Assistance and Support Services Habilitation services, respite services, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech, hearing and language services, cognitive rehabilitation therapy, employment assistance, supported employment and support consultation
Consumer Managed Personal Attendant Services Personal assistance services
Deaf-Blind with Multiple Disabilities Residential habilitation (less than 24 hours), intervener, respite services, supported employment, employment assistance and support consultation
Home and Community-based Services  Supported home living, respite services, nursing, cognitive rehabilitation therapy, supported employment, employment assistance and support consultation
Medically Dependent Children Program Respite services and flexible family support services delivered by an attendant or a nurse, employment assistance and supported employment
Primary Home Care, Family Care, Community Attendant Services Personal assistance services
Texas Home Living All services and support consultation

Communications

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Provider and Information Letters

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