Consumer Direct Attendant Support Services (CDASS)
CDASS is a Medicaid service option under the Home and Community Based Services Program. CDASS empowers employers to direct their own care needs rather than going through a traditional home health agency. Individuals who choose to participate in CDASS are the legal employer of record for the attendants they choose to hire.
Under CDASS, the employer is responsible for training, supervising and scheduling attendants at their own discretion to meet their needs. The employer is able to set the wages for attendants within their monthly budget and decide where and when they receive services. A FMS provider of the employer’s choice will assist with taxes, payroll, paperwork, background checks and screening for the attendants the employer chooses to hire.
To access CDASS services and find out if you qualify, please contact the Single Entry Point agency in your area.
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Being Employed as an Attendant Caregiver Under CDASS
In the CDASS program, there are certain criteria potential attendants must meet in order to be hired, which include:
- Passing the Criminal Background and Board of Nursing checks,
- Passing an Office of Inspector General (OIG) check,
- Authorization to work in the United States (I-9 Form)
Please note: Attendants shall not be approved or utilized for employment if ever convicted of the following crimes within any time frame:
- Any violent felony crime (including but not limited to rape, sexual assault, homicide, felonious physical assault or felonious battery),
- Child/adult abuse or neglect,
- Crimes that involve the exploitation of a child or an incapacitated adult,
- Felony involving an act of domestic violence,
- Felony arson,
- Felony or misdemeanor crime against a child or incapacitated adult that causes harm,
- Felony theft,
- Hate crimes,
- Fraud (including but not limited to identity theft, forgery, financial fraud, or healthcare fraud),
- Neglect or abuse by a caregiver,
- Pornography crimes involving children or incapacitated adults, including, but not limited to, use of minors in filming sexual explicit conduct, distribution and exhibition of material depicting minors in sexually explicit conduct or sending, distributing, exhibiting, possessing, displaying or transporting material by a parent, guardian or custodian, depicting a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct,
- Purchase or sale of a child,
- Sexual offenses (including but not limited to incest, sexual abuse, or indecent exposure).
Attendants shall not be approved or utilized for employment if convicted of the following crimes within the specified time frames:
- Felony drug related offenses (within the last 5 years),
- Felony DUI (within the last 5 years).