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Human Services of Faribault & Martin Counties

Consumer Support Grant (CSG) Program

Human Services Office - Faribault County

412 N Nicollet St, Blue Earth, MN, 56013-1247

Distance: 944 Miles

(507) 526-3265


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The Consumer Support Grant (CSG) allows a person who has Medicaid Home Health Aide (HHA), Personal Care Assistant (PCA) and Home Care Nursing (HCN) services to receive a cash grant to purchase supports and services. The person, as the employer, may use the CSG to hire the supports they need of their choice. They may hire their parents, spouses, family member or friends, as well as provider agency workers.

People on CSG work with their county or tribal agency to develop a person-centered plan to manage and pay for a range of supports so they may live in their home. People must hire a Fiscal Support Entity (FSE) to help with employer obligations, billing and payment functions. The county or tribal agency approves the plan to ensure that all costs are within the person's CSG budget.

Working with your county or tribal agency or your FSE, a person makes a plan about how to use this budget to buy services or equipment to meet your own needs.

The CSG gives you more flexibility and freedom of choice in:
* How to plan home care services and supports
* How much to pay providers
* Choice of who provides the services to you:
- You can hire parents, spouses, family members, neighbors, or friends; or
- You can choose to hire staff of a home care agency

CSG participants are responsible for training and supervising the staff that they hire.


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    • Disabilities 


To be eligible for the Consumer Support Grant (CSG), you must meet all of these conditions:
* On MA or eligible for MA
* Able to plan and manage your own care and supports, with or without help from a family member or other authorized representative
* Be assessed to need home care services under one of these three MA programs:
- Personal Care Assistant (PCA)
- Home Care Nursing (HCN)
- Home Health Aide (HHA)
* Live in a home that you or your family owns or rents (not in a licensed facility)
* Need ongoing support to live in the community

The amount of the grant is based on the county or tribal agency or home care nursing agency assessment:
* The assessment will determine if home care services are needed and determine the home care rating;
* The state sets a dollar amount for the CSG budget based on the home care rating.

CSG Plan - Once the CSG service budget is set, you make a service plan about how you plan to use the budget. The county or tribal worker can give you a guide for the plan and help you meet the rules of the program.
The plan needs to show:
* The specific supports and services, and who will provide them
* How you will keep track of what you pay for services and supports
* The local human services office (county or tribal government) will check the plan and approve it if it meets the rules
- If it is not approved, they will send it back to you and tell you why it was not approved
* Once the plan is approved, the grant is distributed

CSG Supports - Services and products in a CSG plan can include:
* Companion Services
* Chore services
* Home or vehicle adaptations or modifications
* Nutrition services (not regular food or nutritional supplements, but can cover needs like a prescribed special diet)
* Home health aide or personal care-like services
* Home care nursing services
* Respite care
* Specialized equipment
* Transportation

Services and equipment in a CSG plan must:
* Relate to your functional limitations
* Help you live at home
* Be over and above the cost of supporting a person without a disability.
- Costs such as food, clothing or rent, for example, are not allowed.

More information about the CSG at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) website.

If you want to find direct support workers who may be able to assist you, go to Direct Support Connect[TM]. You'll be able to create a profile about your needs and interests, search for direct support workers, and connect securely within the site. If you are a direct support worker looking for a person/employer to support, you can also create a profile and do a search.

* You cannot be on the CSG at the same time as a home and community-based waiver.
* You have to choose between getting the standard MA services of PCA, HCN, and/or HHA, and the CSG (you cannot get both at the same time).
* You cannot get the Family Support Grant (FSG) at the same time as CSG but if your family is eligible for both, you can choose which program to use.
* All other sources of payment should be used before the CSG.

Application Instructions

To ask questions or apply for the CSG, contact the local county or tribal Human Services office or the Disability Hub Mn, (866) 333-2466. Not all counties offer CSG. However, people may contact them with questions about CSG.



Area Served

Faribault County


Phone Numbers

Type Number Hours
Main (507) 526-3265
FAX (507) 526-2039
TDD (507) 526-3265

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