Community First Services and Supports (CFSS) is a new program for self-directed home and community-based services in Minnesota, designed to provide support to those who wish to remain in their communities but need help with day-to-day activities. When the transition is complete, CFSS will replace the personal care assistance (PCA) service and the Consumer Support Grant (CSG). CFSS will expand participants’ options and provide more control over their care, including choices on who can provide care and the ability to purchase goods to aid a person’s independence.
DHS has yet to provide a date for the transition to CFSS. Before the transition occurs, DHS must finish updating their computer system and obtain federal approval for the program. Once complete, DHS will provide more information about the transition plan and time frame.
CFSS will be similar to PCA in many ways. Eligibility requirements and the primary services offered will not change due to the transition to CFSS. CFSS services will include activities of daily living (ADL), instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), home-related tasks, and observation and redirection of behavior.
CFSS allows participants more flexibility and control in their care. In CFSS, a participant’s spouse or the parent of a minor may be a caregiver. Additionally, CFSS will have two service delivery models: the agency provider model and the budget model.
For additional information, please visit the Minnesota DHS website or watch their interactive video about CFSS.