Consumer Directed Services

Consumer Directed Services provides an opportunity for participants to choose their own caregiver, direct how services are delivered and structure the times that they receive care to meet their individual independent living needs. An individualized assessment is completed by the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to determine eligibility to participate in the program and to identify specific personal assistance services.

Consumer Directed Services maximizes choice in that it allows the participant to become an employer by interviewing, hiring and training a caregiver of their choice. MERIL will provide assistance in locating a caregiver, if requested, learning interviewing techniques and helping review the quality of the caregiver’s work. In addition, MERIL will provide information to attendants regarding time verification, training on time verification to participants and processing of payment to participants’ employees (attendant).  A Community Independent Living Specialist will be assigned to each participant to provide information, to assist with goal setting and to help identify solutions for any issues that may arise.

Personal assistance services available through Consumer Directed Services include the following:

  •  personal hygiene
  •  toileting
  •  housekeeping
  •  meals
  •  non-medical transportation
  •  health, e.g. cleaning adaptive equipment

To be eligible, participants must:

  •  be at least 18 years of age
  •  be able to direct their own care
  •  be capable of living independently with Consumer Directed Services
  •  have a physical disability
  •  require a nursing facility level of care
  •  be Missouri HealthNet (Medicaid) eligible

For current participants:

  •  To download the timesheet guidelines, click here.
  •  To download the 2016 CDS payroll dates, click here.
  •  To download the 2017 CDS payroll dates, click here.
  •  For more information on the Family Care Safety Registry, click here.
  •  For more information on E-Verify, click here

For more information, please call 816-279-8558.

Center for Independent Living Specialist – Pam – August 2016 Radio Spot
Center for Independent Living Specialist – Pam – August 2016 Script

Consumer Directed Services Attendant – Dawn – July 2016 Radio Spot #1
Consumer Directed Services Attendant – Dawn – July 2016 Script #1

Consumer Directed Services Attendant – Dawn – July 2016 Radio Spot #2
Consumer Directed Services Attendant – Dawn – July 2016 Script #2

Consumer Directed Services Attendant – Dawn – July 2016 Radio Spot #3
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Consumer Directed Services – Penny – July 2015 Radio Spot
Consumer Directed Services – Penny – July 2015 Script

Consumer Directed Services – David – June 2015 Radio Spot
Consumer Directed Services – David – June 2015 Script

Consumer Directed Services – Carol – May 2015 Radio Spot
 Consumer Directed Services – Carol – May 2015 Script

JC Dollar, Attendant Wages – February 2015 Radio Spot
 JC Dollar, Attendant Wages – February 2015 Script