Program Resources

Legislative and Union Updates

Effective January 30, 2024, a spouse or parent of a minor is no longer limited to 40 hours of paid personal assistance services in a seven-day period.  Any hours over 40 hours per week overtime would apply and paid at time and a half regular rate of pay.

  1. If one parent provides personal assistance services to their minor child(ren), the parent may provide up to 60 hours of paid support in a seven-day period.
  2. If more than one parent provides personal assistance services to their minor child(ren), each parent may provide up to 40 hours of paid support in a seven-day period.  The total number of combined hours provided by all parents cannot exceed 80 hours in a seven-day period.
  3. If a person’s spouse provides personal assistance services, the spouse may provide up to 60 hours of paid support in a seven-day period.

Prior to submitting additional hours, you must receive approval from your lead agency.  Please contact your lead agency for more information.  Click here to read the full DHS announcement.

Effective January 1st, 2024, the wage floor increases from $15.25 to $19.00 per hour.  All employees need to be paid at a minimum rate of $19.00 per hour.  Any employees that are currently under $19.00 will automatically be increased to $19.00.  Per State law, Employee Rate Records or ERR Forms will be completed for you by CDI.

The Paid Parent of Minor and Paid Spouse maximum rate increases to $22.74 per hour January 1st. This is not an automatic increase and will require a budget revision if you are wanting to increase your rate. As approved by the county, you will need to submit an ERR form prior to the new rate to take effect, per State law.

Also effective on January 1, 2024, Minnesota state law requires that all employees receive time off for Sick & Safe reasons. This means that waiving Paid Time Off (PTO) is no longer an option.  As required by law, all employees will be covered by PTO and will accrue or earn 1 hour of PTO for every 30 hours worked.  This PTO benefit meets the Sick & Safe law but also gives employees greater flexibility in how they can use their PTO hours.

With these big wage increases, the PTO rate in your budget will increase from 4.15% to 4.65% effective January 1st. This will allow all FMS agencies to have the funds to pay out PTO hours at these higher wage rates.

Previously, employees had been receiving 5 holidays and 2 floating holidays.  Moving forward, the floating holidays have been removed and employees will be receiving 3 additional holidays.  With the additional holidays, there will now be a total of 8 holidays.  Employees are eligible to receive time and a half pay if hours are worked on the following days: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving Day.

DHS is issuing budget increases to help cover the above changes. The CDCS increase will be 8.49% and CSG will be a 21.43% increase.  Your Lead Agency will be calculating and providing the exact dollar amount of your increase.  From there, CDI will assist you in revising the budget to adjust for the state law and union requirements explained above.

Current available Stipends:

Training Stipend:

o  A worker who completes the qualifying training may receive a $500 stipend starting July 1, 2023, until the $2 million of stipend funding is exhausted or June 30, 2025.

o   Click here to learn more about the eligibility criteria.

Direct Support workers retention stipend program:

o  Workers can qualify for a one-time retention stipend of $1,000 if they are currently in the SEIU collective bargaining unit and have been providing services for at least 6 months. There is $50 million available in funding or until May 31, 2025, whichever is sooner.

o  Direct Support Workers Retention Stipend Program application page.

·Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Stipend:

o  A one-time $200 to offset potential costs related to using individual devices to access electronic visit verification. There is $5.6 million available in funding or until May 31, 2025, whichever is sooner.

o  DHS | EVV Stipend Application (


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.

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