The purpose of the letter is to provide direction to Financial Management Services Agencies (FMSAs) on updating Consumer Directed Services (CDS) employers’ budgets to accommodate the new payment rate, effective March 1, 2014, for Community Based Alternatives (CBA) Personal Assistance Services (PAS). The Health and Human Services Commission approved rate can be found in Information Letter No. 14- 16.
The rate change for CBA PAS requires a service authorization change. By May 30, 2014, the Department of Aging and Disability Services case managers will send FMSAs an updated service authorization with the new rate for PAS with an effective date of March 1, 2014, through the remainder of the individual’s service plan year.
The updated budget workbooks for CBA can be found at: http://www.dads.state.tx.us/providers/CDS/handbook.html.