Self-Directed Care With CDASS
CDASS is a self-directed program that allows individuals with disabilities to manage their own care by hiring and training their own caregivers. The program provides funding for services such as personal care, homemaker services, and health maintenance activities. The individuals receiving services must be able to direct their own care and are responsible for hiring, training, and managing their caregivers. This self-directed program allows individuals to have greater personal control over their care. However, this also requires more personal responsibility, time commitment, and administrative work from the individual receiving services. With CDASS, any additional benefits, paid time off, or annual training is up to the individual receiving services to provide. CDASS is a good option for those who are looking for the flexibility and choice that can come with managing their own caregivers and self-directing their care.
Agency Support Through IHSS
IHSS is a program that provides personal care, homemaker services, and other services to individuals with disabilities who are unable to manage activities of daily living without assistance. Unlike CDASS, IHSS is not self-directed, meaning that the individuals receiving services do not have the same level of personal responsibility over their provider’s training, paperwork, and more. Instead, caregivers are still selected by the individual and/or their family, and IHSS services are provided through an agency. These agencies take care of onboarding and employment-related responsibilities. The agency performs background checks, pays caregivers, ensures state and national Medicaid compliance, and issues tax-related documents. IHSS can be incredibly beneficial for those who do not wish to maintain the liability and responsibility of managing a caregiver’s administrative and compliance needs. Caregivers who are hired through an agency may be eligible to receive that agency’s benefits, such as insurance, paid time off, paid training, and more.
Want to learn more?
At PASCO, we strive to ensure that families are equipped with the knowledge necessary to make the best decision for their loved one’s unique needs. Both IHSS and CDASS provide crucial supports that allow individuals to live more independently in their homes and communities. However, there are some key differences within these programs that may help decide which is a better fit for your care needs. If you have questions about PASCO’s IHSS program or about how to begin with CDASS services, contact us! We’re here to help.