The Deaf-Blind Consumer Directed Services (DBCDS) program is a grant funded by the Minnesota Department of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. The grant serves adults and families with children who are deaf and/or blind.
Individuals receive a grant allocation amount to purchase goods or services they need to maintain their independence, integrate into their families or communities and/or develop communication skills.
Participants enrolled in the program are given a budget and are able to determine what mix of goods and services will best meet their needs. Some opt to hire Support Service Providers that they already know and trust; such as family, friends and neighbors; while others choose to buy services and products that will help them live independently in their own home and community. Whatever the decision, it remains the Participants’ choice.
Consumer Direction serves as the Financial Management Services (FMS) and functions as a payroll agent, employer of record, purchaser of goods, and other administrative services for these individuals and families.