Cherish Program News

 

Cherish is looking for Employees in nearly all locations! 
Contact Becca becca@cherished1.co  (218)263-9000

 

You can make a difference in your pay rate by asking those who represent you

to increase the reimbursement rates for Direct Care Staff!

 

Email the Senate comittee members (copy and paste email addrresses into email To:) ...
sen.paul.utke@senate.mn,sen.rich.draheim@senate.mn,sen.melissa.wiklund@senate.mn,sen.jim.abeler@senate.mn,sen.chris.eaton@senate.mn,
sen.matt.klein@senate.mn
,sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn

 

Email the House of Representatives Committee Members (copy and paste email addrresses into email To:) ...

rep.jennifer.schultz@house.mn,rep.kristin.bahner@house.mn,rep.tony.albright@house.mn,rep.liz.boldon@house.mn,rep.john.burkel@house.mn,
rep.peter.fischer@house.mn,rep.luke.frederick@house.mn,rep.jessica.hanson@house.mn,rep.deb.kiel@house.mn,rep.tina.liebling@house.mn,
rep.kelly.moller@house.mn,rep.mohamud.noor@house.mn,rep.paul.novotny@house.mn,rep.nels.pierson@house.mn,rep.dave.pinto@house.mn,
rep.jordan.rasmusson@house.mn,rep.kristin.robbins@house.mn,rep.steve.sandell@house.mn,rep.joe.schomacker@house.mn,rep.rena.moran@house.mn,

 

There was a temporary increase in Direct Service Caregiver Wages from April 1, 2022 - to June 30, 2022.  Now our wages have gone down again - while prices continue to increase.  Dear Governor and Legislators; please reinstate a temporary increase for direct service providers until the legislature is able to increase our wages.

Please increase the Homemaker reimbursement rate which has not had an increase in almost 8 years!

Also the SEIU and DHS negotiated a contract that actually COSTS PROVIDERS MONEY to provide PCA Choice services.  When we pointed it out, DHS basically said providers were to TAKE IT AWAY FROM THE Traditional PCAs to pay PCA Choice employees and balance provider budgets. SEIU has made no comment.

The people we serve are important.
We are important.

 

 

We have heard a lot from Homemakers that have not seen a wage increase since July 1, 2015.  The Legislature controls this.  Please contact your governor, legislators, or the committees that make decisions to increase your wages. 

https://www.gis.lcc.mn.gov/iMaps/districts/

https://mn.gov/governor/contact/

 

 

Annual training is coming up.  Packets will be arriving right around Sept 1, 2022

 

 

New DHS Changes:

 

Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Must be implemented Statewide by January 1, 2022

PCAs, Direct Support Workers and program participants will use EVV and will use their smart phones to document type of service performed, who received the service, date of service, location of the service delivery, who provided the service, when the service began and ended.  This is a federal requirement for all states in the U.S.  DHS has selected HHAeXchange to provide EVV and aggregation of data.  Cherish will contact you to get you started.

You'll need an email address for this, so if you don't have one get one and let Cherish know what it is ( If you've been getting e-mails from Cherish in the last day or two we have your email address ).

 

 

CFSS - Implementation has been delayed until 2023

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is preparing to transition from personal care assistance (PCA) to community first services and supports (CFSS). Both PCA and CFSS provide supports to people to help them remain independent in the community.

DHS will transition people gradually over the course of the year to ensure no disruption of services beginning in October 2021

 

The eligibility requirements for CFSS will be the same as PCA. 

Activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, grooming, and transferring, Health-related tasks, Instrumental activities of daily living, such as shopping, cooking, laundry and assistance with medications, Observation, and redirection of behavior.

 

What’s different:

·         Unlike PCA, in CFSS a person’s spouse or the parent of a minor may serve as that person’s support worker. 
                      A spouse or parents (combined) may only work 40 hours per week.

·         People may choose to purchase goods to aid in their independence.

·         The CFSS budget model allows people to choose to be the employer of their support workers.

·         The state provides a budget that the provider agency or the person may use to train workers on the individual needs of the person.

·         The consultation services provider will provide education and support in writing the person’s plan.

 

In the agency provider model, the person selects an agency that serves as the workers’ employer. This means the agencies will recruit, hire, train, supervise and pay CFSS support workers.

In the budget model, CFSS participants are the employers of their own support workers. They will have a budget rather than service units. Participants will recruit, hire, train and supervise their support workers. The person will select a financial management services (FMS) provider to help the person comply with applicable laws, SEIU Union requirements and dues.