WHAT'S NEW IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS????CDCS FORMS & INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE
. Visit www.anokacounty.us/CDCS
. If you would like to receive monthly CDCS Newsletters and up to date short News Flashes, Go to the NOTIFY ME
button and follow the directions. UPDATED Anoka County CDCS Guidelines.
All CSP renewals need to reflect the new guideline changes. You can find the guidelines at www.anokacounty.us/CDCS
.USE NEW FORMS
! New revised "fillable" form should now be used. Toss away the old ones. New forms include: Addition/Addendum – general or PPOM/spouse, Computer/Tablet Request, Special Diet Request, Alternative or Specialized Treatment Form, Positive Behavior Plan, etc. All forms and guidelines are available at www.anokacounty.us/CDCS .
– On July 1, 2016, you should have received a small increase of 0.2% to CDCS budgets carried over from last year’s union agreement. This increase is meant to offset the minimum wage increase from $10.75/hour to $11.00/hour (E.g. $30,000 yearly budget would increase by $60). You should have received a letter with this information from Anoka County and a new service agreement from MN DHS with your new amount. FOR AC/EW CDCS PARTICIPANTS ONLY
- Ask your case manager about how to access your 21.3% increase.PPOM/Spouse MAXIMUM WAGE INCREASES TO $16.75/hour including benefits(Payroll/FEA model Only)
. If on AWC model, contact your FSE for the new wage rate.. This increased wage will not automatically happen. If you would like to increase this wage in your current plan contact your case manager and the FSE to help calculate and assure that you do not overspend your budget allocation. STAFF MILEAGE DECREASE – Effective January 1, 2016,
the maximum staff mileage reimbursement is 54 cents/mile. CONSIDER CHANGING FISCAL MODELS SOONER RATHER THAN LATER –
At some point in the near future everyone on CDCS will need to use the Participant Employer model (currently referred to as the Payroll/FEA Model). You may want to consider switching to this model upon your next renewal if you are not currently on this model. Please contact your FSE at least 2-4 weeks prior to your renewal if you plan to switch models to allow enough time to complete paperwork and process the change. Your accrued PTO will automatically be moved to the new model upon the switch. Watch for more information from your FSE.MINIMUM STAFF WAGE INCREASE
– Effective July 1, 2016, minimum wage will increase from $10.75/hr. to $11.00/hr. This change will happen automatically. You will be contacted if more adjustments need to happen.PAID TIME OFF (PTO) INFORMATION
– Any staff (including paid parents of minors/spouses) may redeem PTO at any time after their 600 hour threshold is made and with consent from the managing party.CELL PHONES & MINUTES NO LONGER ALLOWED - In today’s world a cell phone is a typical family/personal expense. Waiver funds are for items needed above and beyond what is typical and related to the disability. Most adults qualify for free cell phones with minutes. Please review the guidelines for resources and exceptions.
SERVICES MUST TAKE PLACE IN MN (OR BORDERING STATES ONLY) - ALL services including camps and conferences my ONLY be paid for when they take place in MN or the bordering states (MN, WI, SD, ND). Exception: Staff may get paid while providing care out of state on vacation (including PPOM/spouse).
ARE YOU A GRADUATE BETWEEN 2013 and 2016? Ask your case manager about a 20% budget increase to help with vocational activities and/or day programming.