Choosing the Consumer Directed Services (CDS) employer option allows you more control over your program services if you're able and willing to take more responsibility for coordinating the services.

If you choose CDS, you or your designated representative will:

  • Recruit, hire and train your employees and backup employees (including family, friends or neighbors).
  • Set wages and benefits for your employees based on a service budget created with the help of your service planning team.
  • Set schedules and submit timesheets for your employees.
  • Select a CDS agency to:
    • train you to hire and manage employees,
    • process your timesheets and payroll,
    • process receipts and invoices, and
    • act as your agent to pay federal and state employment taxes.

CDS is available in the following programs:

  • Consumer Managed Personal Assistance (CMPAS)
  • Community Attendant Services (CAS)
  • Community Living Support Services (CLASS)
  • Deaf Blind Multiple Disabilities (DBMD)
  • Family Care (FC)
  • Home and Community-based Services (HCS)
  • Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP)
  • Primary Home Care (PHC)
  • Texas Home Living (TxHmL)

Electronic Visit Verification

Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) is a telephone and computer-based system that electronically verifies service visits occur and documents the precise time service provision begins and ends. The purpose of EVV is to evaluate the ability of the EVV system to verify that individuals are receiving the services authorized for their support and for which the state is currently being billed.

Beginning June 1, 2012, EVV is no longer mandatory for CDS employers. Until further notice, CDS employers can choose the level of participation in EVV. Visit the EVV website to learn more about your responsibilities as an employer if you choose the CDS employer option.