Your Guide to Community First Services and Supports (CFSS)

Community First Services and Supports (CFSS)

Your Guide to Community First Services and Supports (CFSS)

Empowering Independence in Minnesota

At Hmong Home Health Care, we understand the importance of independence and living life to the fullest, regardless of age, disability or health condition. That’s why we’re excited to share information about Community First Services and Supports (CFSS), a program designed to empower eligible Minnesotans with disabilities, elderly individuals, and others with special health care needs to live safely and independently in their own homes and communities. 

One of the key changes to PCA Services is that CFSS provides a bounty of more support options that were not available before. The following outlines how CFSS enhances support services in Minnesota. 

What is CFSS?

CFSS is a state/federal-funded program that provides assistance and support for daily living. Unlike the Personal Care Assistance (PCA) program it replaces, CFSS offers several advantages:

  • Greater flexibility: You have more control over your care. Choose your own support workers, manage your budget, and tailor services to your specific needs.
  • More options for support workers: Parents of minors and spouses, as well as people who receive CFSS services are able to provide CFSS services.
  • Enhanced accessibility: More people qualify for CFSS compared to PCA.
  • Focus on community living: CFSS aims to prevent or delay institutionalization and promote active participation in community life.
  • Skill development: The program can help you regain or strengthen skills for independent living.

Who is eligible for CFSS?

To be eligible for CFSS, you must:

  • Be enrolled in Medical Assistance (MA) or meet specific alternative requirements.
  • Need assistance with at least one activity of daily living (ADL) or exhibit Level I behavior based on an assessment.
  • Not be a family support grant recipient.

What services are covered?

CFSS offers a wide range of services, including:

  • Assistance with ADLs like bathing, dressing, and eating.
  • Help with instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) such as cooking, shopping, and managing finances.
  • Support with health-related tasks and procedures.
  • Training to gain or enhance your independence skills.
  • Financial assistance for assistive technology, personal care items, and home modifications.
  • Support from consultation and financial management services providers.

Who provides CFSS services?

Trained and qualified support workers, employed by either agency providers or yourself, can deliver CFSS services. All support workers must undergo background checks and meet DHS requirements.

Hmong Home Health Care: Your Trusted Partner

As a dedicated home care agency in St. Paul, Hmong Home Health Care is committed to supporting your journey towards independence with CFSS. We offer personalized care plans, experienced and culturally sensitive support workers, and ongoing case management to ensure you receive the best possible care.

Contact us today to learn more about CFSS and how Hmong Home Health Care can help you live life on your own terms.