Program Updates

40 Hour/Week Lift – UPDATE

With the Peacetime Emergency coming to an end on July 1st, 2021, we have been receiving guidance from Department of Human Services (DHS) regarding updates on Covid-19 modifications. Specifically, the modification allowing paid parent of minor or paid spouse to submit more than 40 hours per week (which required approval from Case Manager). As of August 30th, 2021, overtime will no longer be allowed for paid parent of a minor or paid spouse. You will be limited to 40 hours per week or the maximum number of hours you were previously approved at (at or below 40 hours per week).

https://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_DYNAMIC_CONVERSION&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=DHS-329959

Why does my e-mail from CDI require a password to open?

You may notice that when you receive an email from CDI that it is coming encrypted or secure. The reason is that HIPAA requires us to do so when we are sending any protected information. This is for your protection. To view the email you will need to set up a password. This password is then used for CDI emails going forward. When we are communicating via email and there is no protected information included in the body or attachment, we will do our best to add DNE at the end of the subject line - telling our system it’s safe and to “Do Not Encrypt”. We understand that this is a hassle and we apologize. Thank you for understanding our desire and obligation to protect your personal information.

SEIU and DHS Negotiate New Union Contract

CDCS and CSG programs are governed by a union contract. Effective July 1, 2019, some key changes approved by the union include:

  • A minimum wage floor increase for all direct care staff to $13.25
  • PTO shall increase to accrue 1 hour of PTO for every 40 hours worked

A 2.37% budget increase will be added to budgets to cover these mandated increases. There is nothing you need to do at this time, CDI will be taking care of these changes internally. In the event that there are remaining funds after the mandated increase and you want to be involved in creating a budget revision please contact your FMS Coordinator. For more information, visit the SEIU website.

CDI Receives National Excellence in Financial Management Services Award

CDI was recognized nationally and voted best in the nation for the Excellence in Financial Management Services award as presented by Applied Self Direction. We were nominated for this award based on our exemplary leadership of FMS functions in the self-direction program. We have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to service and quality that is recognized nationally by both our colleagues and the people we serve. Click here to view our nomination.

Excludable Income for Live-in Caregivers per IRS Notice 2014-7

If you are a caregiver for someone on a Medicaid waiver (i.e. CDCS, 245D Basic Respite and Personal Supports) and you live with the individual your wages may be specifically excludable from gross income under IRS Section 131, issued January 3, 2014.  To take advantage of this new law you will need to contact your tax professional and re-submit your taxes for the prior years. Please act now to receive your benefits. Click on the link below for more information

Certain Medicaid Waiver Payments May Be Excludable From Income