Consumer-Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS)

Overview of the CDASS Program

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is committed to providing service delivery options that empower Medicaid clients and their families to direct and manage the long-term care services and supports they need to live at home.

Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS) lets individuals direct and manage the attendants who provide their personal care, homemaker and health maintenance services, rather than working through an agency.  Through CDASS, individuals are empowered to hire, train and manage attendants of their choice to best fit their unique needs.  CDASS is available in the following Home and Community Based (HCBS) waivers: Elderly, Blind and Disabled (EBD), Community Mental Health Supports (CMHS),  Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Brain Injury (BI).

 

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Our Role

As the Training and Operations provider, Consumer Direct Colorado (CDCO) will guide individuals through the training and Attendant Support Management Plan(ASMP) development process. We will work collaboratively with the Financial Management Services (FMS) providers, Case Management Agencies and Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing to ensure individuals successfully enroll as a CDASS client. CDCO Peer Trainers access a variety of training formats so that individuals from many backgrounds and with varying limitations can learn in a way that empowers them to effectively manage and direct their own care.