[dbmat] Re: FMSA or CDS?

  • From: "Catherine Allen" <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> (Redacted sender "catherine_allen06" for DMARC)
  • To: "dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 23:41:54 +0000 (UTC)

Thanks Heidi!!
From: Heidi May <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 5:10 PM
Subject: [dbmat] Re: FMSA or CDS?

If this hasn't been answered: it depends on your agency but the answer to most
of your questions is yes! You can request that the agency hire specific people.
You will make your schedule. And you can and should have back up attendants. If
your employees attendance isn't an issue for you (bc you have back ups), then
it generally isn't an issue for the agency. If you select the agency option,
you won't have a FMSA at all. All paperwork will go directly to agency. Hope
this helped! :)

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 17, 2015, at 2:33 PM, Catherine Allen (Redacted sender
"catherine_allen06" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Thanks for the info Lauren! 

I am familiar with the CDS option.  So if I were to use an Agency instead of
CDS option,  I understand that the Agency will have the responsibility.  I'm
wondering what that actually looks like in real life rather than on paper and
if there is any flexibility.  For example, could I still send people that I
recruited to be hired by FMSA?  Can I create my own schedule? Can other
employees fill in when the other one is out?  Would all the employees have to
contact the FMSA directly when they will miss work or can they still contact
me?  If they miss their shifts, will that affect their job performance and
could that determine whether they will remain employees?  Do all employees send
Time Sheets directly to FMSA? 

Thanks so much!!

From: "Chenoweth,Lauren (DADS)" <Lauren.Chenoweth@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, Novem7, 2015 8:10 AM
Subject: [dbmat] Re: FMSA or CDS?

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benefit of using the agency option is that you have less responsibility. Not
everyone has the time or is able to find their own attendants and deal with the
timesheets etc. I have included a link to some forms that go over the
differences. You should have seen them when you first chose the CDS
http://www.dads.state.tx.us/forms/1583/1583.pdf   Thanks,   Lauren Chenoweth,
LMSW CLASS/DBMD Policy Lead Long Term Services and Supports Policy Center for
Policy and Innovation (CPI) Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
(512) 438-2578 Fax: 512-438-4415 lauren.chenoweth@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  

From: dbmat-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dbmat-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf
Of Catherine Allen
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2015 1:18 PM
To: dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [dbmat] Re: FMSA or CDS?   Thanks Jacqueline, we have used the CDS
option so I'm kind of familiar but was wondering, for those who use the Agency
option, what's the benefit?     From: Jacqueline Izaguirre
To: dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2015 11:59 AM
Subject: [dbmat] Re: FMSA or CDS?   Hi Catherine,   I believe that FMSA is
the new name for CDSA - when you select the CDS option, then you hire or
contract with a FMSA or CDSA (old name) to complete your payroll and file your
taxes.  This may help you too:  
  When we selected the CDS option, we were told that it would enable us to
pay our folks a little bit higher rate of pay and it would enable us to hire
and fire our attendants or employees rather than going through an agency or
service coordinator that would hire and fire the attendants.  My daughter is a
tactile signer and so I wanted to be able to hire folks that would work with
her to ensure that they actually knew sign language and not just the alphabet.  
We have changed FMSAs and have found that we are still educating the FMSA on
DBMD rules.  We DBMD folks are few and far between so it seems.   We enjoy the
CDS option and have not tried going through the agency to hire our attendants
so I have no experience to share with you.   Maybe others can help with that.  
Jacqueline Izaguirre           On Nov 16, 2015, at 11:32 AM, Catherine
Allen (Redacted sender "catherine_allen06" for DMARC)
<dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hey everyone!  I'm trying to gather as much info as I can on this subject: 
Financial Management Service Agency (FMSA) Vs. Consumer Directed Services (CDS)
for DBMD Waiver?  What are the pros and cons of each?      


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