Revision 17-1; Effective June 1, 2017
Consumer Directed Services (CDS) – The member or his legally authorized representative or guardian is the employer of, and retains control over, the hiring, management and termination of an individual providing certain services.
CDS Employer – An individual or LAR, parent, or court appointed guardian who chooses to participate in the CDS option and therefore is responsible for hiring and retaining service providers to deliver program services.
Designated Representative (DR) – A willing adult appointed by the CDS employer to assist with or perform the employer's required responsibilities to the extent approved by the employer. A DR, usually a family member, is not a paid service provider and is at least 18 years of age.
Legally Authorized Representative (LAR) – The member’s representative defined by state or federal law, including Texas Occupations Code §151.002(6), Texas Health and Safety Code §166.164, and Texas Estates Code Chapter 752.