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Effective Date: 



Updated: 11/2013


To provide an overview of benefits and responsibilities of the Consumer Directed Services (CDS) option.

The individual may select the CDS option for the following programs and services:

  • Client Managed Personal Attendant Services (CMPAS) — personal attendant care
  • Community Based Alternatives (CBA) — personal assistance services, respite, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/hearing therapy
  • Community Care for Aged and Disabled (CCAD) Primary Home Care, Community Attendant Services or Family Care — personal attendant services
  • Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS) — habilitation, respite, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/hearing therapy, supported employment
  • Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD) Program — residential habilitation, intervener, respite, supported employment and employment assistance
  • Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP) — respite, flexible family support services provided by an attendant or a nurse
  • Home and Community-based Services (HCS) — supported home living, respite services
  • Texas Home Living (TxHmL) Program — all services


When to Prepare

The case manager/service coordinator presents the overview to all initial applicants, individuals receiving ongoing services at scheduled reassessments, and individuals who request information on the CDS option. The case manager/service coordinator informs the individual of the right to choose service delivery through the Agency option or the CDS option.

Number of Copies

One original and one copy.


The case manager/service coordinator gives the original Form 1581 to the individual.

Form Retention

Retain a copy of Form 1581 in the case folder.


Individual or Legally Authorized Representative Signature and Date — The individual or the legally authorized representative signs and dates the form indicating the case manager presented this information.

Case Manager/Service Coordinator Signature and Date — The case manager or service coordinator signs and dates the form verifying the information was presented to the individual.