Consumer Directed Services

What are Consumer Directed Services (CDS)?
CDS is a Medicaid based program which provides attendant services to individuals with disabilities, enabling them to live independently. Participants in the CDS program are trained to hire their own attendants to assist them with daily tasks.

What type of daily tasks might attendants be assisting in?
The tasks may include: Bathing; Toileting; Obtaining Medication; Meal Preparation; Meal Cleanup; Housekeeping; Laundry; and Essential Transportation.

What are the goals of CDS programs?
The CDS Program is designed to assist individuals with disabilities to receive the services they need to remain independently in their home instead of living in a more restrictive institutional environment.

How is DRA's CDS Program designed?
Disability Resource Association's CDS program is consumer directed. One main component of consumer-directed in the CDS program is that the individual who receives CDS is the employer of the attendant. CDS participants are also responsible for locating, hiring and managing their own attendants.

A qualified friend or family member may be hired as an attendant, with the exception of a spouse or anyone under the age of 18.

To qualifies for CDS services, a person must meet the following:

  • Medicaid elligible (MO HealthNet eligible)
  • 18 years or age or older
  • Able to direct their own care
  • Capable of living independently with the services of CDS
  • Require at least a nursing facility level of care
  • Must have a physical disability

What geographical regions does DRA CDS serve?
DRA serves CDS Participants in the following regions: Jefferson County, St Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Francois County, Franklin County, St. Charles County and Washington County.

How is DSDS funded?
CDS is funded by MO HealthNet (Medicaid). DSDS participants must be Medicaid eligible in order for the CDS Attendant to be paid. The DSDS Participant's approved and verified Attendant services are billed to MO HealthNet according to the Care Plan authorized by DHSS.

Individuals on Medicaid will need to meet Missouri Division of Senior and Disability Services (DCDS) requirements. DSCS will complete an individual's needs and forward a personalized care plan to DRA. Once a care plan is received, DRA will contact you to set up the Consumer Training to get services started.

Title VI Notice

Disability Resource Association complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that "no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." For more information on the DRA Title VI program, and the procedures to file a complaint, contact the DRA Executive Director at 636-931-7696; or visit our administrative office at 130 Brandon Wallace Way, Festus MO.63028. DRA will translate all documents as needed. More information is available on our Title VI page.