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


This should not be news to anyone, but: Effective June 1, no one living at the same address as the person receiving services will be allowed to work. Employers may recall that when CFC PAS/HAB was first added to the HCS and TxHmL programs, it allowed individuals at the same address as the consumer to work. In February, DADS changed this policy, first making it effective March 26, then extending the deadline to June 1.

If your employee lives with the person receiving services, you must terminate the employment effective no later than June 30; DADS also requires that you have a replacement ready to start working on June 1. Please call the office if you have any questions. Our website: has a current new hire application package on the home page on the left hand side.

Effective with hours worked on or after June 1, our office will not process payroll, and that payroll will become your responsibility. We are not allowed to pay for services which do not meet program rules.

Please check with your service advisor if you have questions.