Consumer Directed Services (CDS)

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CDS in Texas has been offering support to people who choose consumer direction for over 10 years. We have grown from a tiny agency to one of the largest in Texas. What hasn't changed is our commitment to individual service and support.

CDS in Texas provides a foundation of support that enables individuals with disabilities to self-direct their care. The cornerstone of our success is our team's compassionate and dedicated relationship with the families we serve.

If you are just learning about consumer direction, we invite you to explore our website. We support all of the programs listed below anywhere in the State of Texas.

  • Community Attendant Services (CAS)
  • Community Living Support Services (CLASS)
  • Deaf-Blind Multiple Disabilities (DBMD)
  • Family Care (FC)
  • Home and Community Based Service (HCS)
  • Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP)
  • Personal Care Services (PCS)
  • Texas Home Living
  • Star Plus – all managed care organizations. (Choose LifeSpan as your CDS provider. LifeSpan is a sister agency. Community First Choice is a new service offered through managed care effective June 1. Choose DSSW as your agency. DSSW is our parent company.)
  • Superior Star Plus PCS services for foster care children. (Choose LifeSpan as your CDS provider. LifeSpan is a sister agency.)
CDS in Texas  is affiliated with LifeSpan Home Health  and Disability Services of the Southwest


If you are living at the same address as the individual receiving CLASS services, you are no longer eligible to provide respite services. This new rule went into effect November 20, 2015. It reads:

CLASS Manual 7282 Respite Care

Revision 15-2; Effective November 20, 2015

Respite is the temporary assistance with an individual's activities of daily living if the individual has the same residence as a person who routinely provides such assistance and support to the individual, and that person is temporarily unavailable to provide such assistance and support and is not a service provider or employee who provides habilitation, Support Family Services or Continued Family Services to the individual.

The respite provider cannot provide respite services while living in same residence as the individual.

If you have an employee who has lost eligibility to provide respite services under this new restriction, please notify the employee and do not schedule them for respite services after December 31, 2015.