[dbmat] Re: FMSA or CDS?

  • From: "Heidi May" <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> (Redacted sender "hbarr1970" for DMARC)
  • To: dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:10:53 -0600

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! :)


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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?

The 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
option. http://www.dads.state.tx.us/forms/1581/1581.pdf


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

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 <jizaguirre@xxxxxxxxxx>
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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