Consumer Directed Services
Choose your own caregiver.
Maintain your independence.
Direct your own care.
Do you need a caregiver?
Call us at 816-279-8558. We’ll guide you through the process.
To receive caregiver services through the Consumer Directed Services (CDS) program, you must be at least 18 years old, have a physical disability, be able to direct your own care, require a nursing facility level of care, and be Medicaid (Missouri HealthNet) eligible. For the MERIL CDS program, you must be a resident of Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Clinton, DeKalb, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway, or Worth counties.
If you do not qualify for caregiver services through the CDS program, you may qualify for caregiver services through the In-Home Services program: meril.org/inhome. For the MERIL In-Home program, you must be a resident of Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton, DeKalb, or Nodaway counties.
For both programs, an assessment is completed by the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to determine eligibility and to identify which services are needed. More information can be found at http://health.mo.gov/seniors/hcbs/.
Interested in becoming a caregiver?
In the Consumer Directed Services (CDS) program, people with disabilities hire caregivers to help them with personal care tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, and bathing. The CDS participant may hire someone they know—such as a friend or relative—to be their attendant, or they can choose an attendant from a list of caregivers who are looking for employment. MERIL keeps an updated list of caregivers that participants can choose from.
If you are interested in being added to this list, please fill out an application in our office. You must be at least 18 years old and able to pass a background check (or obtain a Good Cause Waiver). CDS participants are looking to hire attendants in all nine counties in Northwest Missouri. Learn more about caregivers at meril.org/caregivers.
Missouri Centers for Independent Living (MOCIL)
Missouri Centers for Independent Living (MOCIL) is the original state-certified and leading trusted resource for personal attendant services such as Consumer Directed Services. Through their regional centers in Missouri, like MERIL, they help people with disabilities remain in their own homes by assisting them in finding caregivers who can provide in-home personal care and support with household chores and daily meal preparation. Learn more about MOCIL CDS providers across the state by visiting https://cds.mocil.org/.